Counselling at Brighton YMCA
IT’S OK TO ASK FOR HELP
Sometimes it can be hard to cope and difficult to manage on your own. It’s OK to ask for help and talk about it – rather than bottle it up. Counselling is a confidential space where you can explore your thoughts, feelings and experiences with a trained listener.
‘The counselling has felt like a rock for me, where I’ve felt lost without one.’
You don’t need to have any specific needs, nothing is too large or small.
‘I have struggled with stress and anxiety for years. Coming for counselling has enabled me to get these worries under control, before it gets worse and escalates where I feel like I’m breaking down.’ Brighton YMCA Counselling Client
People go to counselling for lots of different reasons, such as:
- sadness, depression, anxiety or suicidal thoughts
- anger and outbursts
- anxieties about sex or sexuality
- relationship issues
- difficult life event (e.g. someone close has died or is ill)
- experience of abuse (e.g. emotional, physical, sexual)
This counselling is available for free to Brighton YMCA and EVOLVE clients. We also support clients for up to 12 months after they have moved on from our services.
We support you whereever you are in your journey.
‘It is a safe place to talk about difficult stuff. It helps me to develop great insight into my thoughts, feelings and behaviours and to understand why I react in certain ways in particular situations.’ Brighton YMCA Counselling Client
You can meet regularly with the same counsellor over an agreed period of time in ‘ongoing therapy’. We support clients for up to 12 sessions.
SINGLE SESSION THERAPY:
Or you can address a particular problem in just one session with a counsellor. This is ‘single session therapy’.
You may choose to then start ‘ongoing therapy’. (Single session therapy is currently only available to William Collier clients – as well as ongoing therapy at that project- but if this is successful we are hoping to expand to other projects).
EMDR Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing therapy for trauma or PTSD
We offer this specific type of therapy during our ongoing therapy. EMDR uses the natural healing ability of your body, in creating responses to trauma, which help eventually overcome specific trauma. Here’s a video explaining more about it:
From left to right: Jodie Barrat, Volunteer Counsellor at Steine House and William Collier; Joanna Hansen at Steine House and William Collier House; Sarah Law at Steine House; Clare Burholt at George Williams Mews.
In addition to their extensive training in counselling, all our counsellors have worked at Brighton YMCA for a number of years in various different roles and so they are very familiar with many of the issues often experienced by our clients and those who have been affected by homelessness.
Three of our counsellors are either registered members or accredited with BACP.
Joanna Hansen is also a Registered Independent Domestic Violence Advisor.
Our Volunteer Counsellor has a Foundation Degree in Person Centred Counselling
Some people prefer the convenience of seeing the counsellor in their project, whilst, for others, it is important to have some distance between home and therapy.
HOW TO ACCESS?
Supporter referral: You can ask your keyworker for counselling. They can give you, or help you to fill in, a ‘supported referral form’.
Self-referral: Or you can ask for counselling yourself by using a ‘self-referral form’. This is available on here , at your project’s reception, or you can call 01273 220900 and we can post it to you. You can send the form directly to our counselling team (using our free internal post service) by dropping it off at your project’s reception with ‘Counselling Team’ and your chosen project clearly written on the envelope.
Based on the referral information, the Counselling Service will decide whether or not they are able to offer the individual an assessment appointment; so far all forty-four people who were referred to the Counselling Service were offered an assessment.