For the Public

Information for the public


This page contains information for the public relating to what counselling and therapy is, services available who provide this support and agencies who provide short courses and workshops for the public.


Thinking about having counselling?


If you are considering having counselling sessions, download our leaflet for more information.



It is important for clients to be aware that there are no minimum qualifications required, for someone to call themselves a Counsellor. We would recommend clients ensure Counsellors are a member of a professional body, have professional indemnity insurance and appropriate counselling supervision arrangements in place.


Clients can search for a Counsellor on the following professional body websites, to see if they are a member.


Professional bodies:


British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) https://www.bacp.co.uk/


UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) https://www.psychotherapy.org.uk/


National Counselling Society (NCS) https://www.nationalcounsellingsociety.org/


Association of Christian Counsellors (ACC) https://www.acc-uk.org/


British Psychological Society (BPS) https://www.bps.org.uk/

Local Agencies


Below is a list of local agencies, who have attended network meetings run by CASSS in the last year and clients can contact, to access support. Click on the organisation logo, to be taken to the organisation's website, where available.


Please note: CASSS is not responsible for any aspect of the support provided, by the services listed below.

Southend Carers Health and Wellbeing Support Service 


• One to One counselling
• Emotional Support Groups
• Crisis Emotional Support
• Information Groups for carers
• End of Life Service
• Emergency Planning Service


If you would like more information on any of these services

call Sally our Counselling Co-ordinator on 01702-393933
Email: counselling@southendcarers.co.uk

www.southendcarers.co.uk
www.facebook.com/southend.carers
www.twitter.com/southendcarers


Address:

Southend Carers, SAVS Centre, 29-31 Alexandra Street, Southend on Sea, Essex, SS1 1BW

Registered Charity No: 1093240, Company No: 4306531 a Company Limited by Guarantee.

Victoria Counselling & Training Service (VCTS)


• 32 years’ experience in providing therapy and training
• reasonable fees
• counselling for individuals and couples
• full suite of training for BACP and NCS accreditation


Able to offer support for clients with:

• Anxiety
• Depression
• relationship problems
• PTSD
• OCD
• work-related stress
• phobias
• able to use EMDR as appropriate


Address:
135-137 Victoria Avenue
Southend-on-Sea
SS2 6EL
01702 354118 (24-hour answering service)
Email: paulineshepherd478@gmail.com


VICTORIA COUNSELLING & TRAINING SERVICE

Therapy for you (NHS)


Free to access NHS counselling service, across South Essex part of EPUT (Essex Partnership University Trust)
An IAPT compliant service (Improved Access to Psychological Therapies)
Available to anyone registered to a GP surgery within the area.


• Provide support to people with common mental health problems for people aged 18 years and over
• Help to bring about symptom reduction
• Behavioural change
• Generate self awareness


They provide therapy groups for:
• Anger Management
• Mindfulness
• Later life
• Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (1:1)
• Counselling (1:1)
• Couples counselling
• EMDR therapy


They offer a range of psychological interventions depending on clinical presentation, including:-

• “Understanding” groups – Available on App: these are problem specific educational groups
• Depression
• Loss
• Self Esteem
• Post natal depression
• Managing stress in parenthood
• Stress and anxiety
• Panic
• Mindfulness


Appointment times range from:
Monday - Friday 9am-5pm
Saturdays 9am-12pm
Evening appointments available Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
Telephony appointments available
Telephone assessment at point of referral, or face to face assessment if required


Referral:
Via GP and other professionals
Telephone assessment
Referral letter
Or
Self referral (patients do not need a GP or professional referral to access the service)
Call 01268 739128 book telephone assessment

The Atrium Clinic and Therapy Centre


Counselling and Therapy is provided on a private fee paying basis, to support you with the management of a range of issues including:
• Stress
• Anxiety
• Fears
• Phobias
• Panic attacks
• Low self esteem
• Poor self confidence
• Depression (mild to moderate)
• Obsessive compulsive disorder
• Post traumatic stress disorder
• Anger management
• Post natal depression
• Bereavement and loss
• Couple and relationship problems
• Abuse issues
• Comfort eating and food temptations


Address:

1446 London Road
Leigh on Sea
Essex
SS9 2UT
Tel : 01702 472501
Email: smile@atriumclinic.co.uk
Find us on Facebook

SOS Rape Crisis


SOS Rape Crisis is a specialist service that is dedicated to supporting women, men, transgender persons, young people, and children, who have survived sexual abuse and violence in Southend, Castle Point, and Rochford.

SOS Rape Crisis provides confidential and non-judgemental support for survivors of any form of sexual abuse that has occurred at any time in their lives – whether it has happened recently, a long time ago or is still happening.

SPECIALIST SERVICES WE OFFER
· Helpline 24 hours a day voicemail. A Rape Crisis Worker will ring you back within 48 working hours – 01702 303232
· Women and Men’s Support and Advocacy
· 18+ years (ISVA) Specialist Counselling Service
· Young Person’s Service including 1:1 counselling for girls and young men as well as therapeutic group support.
· 17 years and under Advocacy Support (CHISVA) Operate flexible hours to meet the needs of victims with appointments between 8 am and 7 pm Monday to Friday
· Specialist Under 11’s Play Therapy

SUPPORTING ACTIVITIES
We work with a holistic empowerment model and offer alternative therapies and creative groups such as:
Creative Arts
Women Only Yoga
Men Only Yoga
Empowerment Groups
Parent’s and Carer’s Groups

Our Registered Charity No is 1143021


Address:

20-22 Clarence Road
Southend On-Sea
Essex
SS1 1AN
Tel: 01702 667590
Email: info@sosrc.org.uk

Website: www.sosrc.org

South East and Central Essex Mind


• Our vital counselling service is suitable for anyone aged 5 and up. Our counsellors are trained and experienced in various approaches and psychological schools. Costs for this are calculated on a means tested basis.


• Our specialised trauma project is about supporting people with more than just counselling. From psychoeducation to specific trauma counselling, clients work with a support worker and a trauma support group at the end of the process.


• Somewhere to Turn can be accessed by clients over the phone, by email, or via dropping into the office for a chat. Clients can use this service to obtain information and advice about where they can get help. Mind also provide a follow up call to see how clients are and if they can offer any further information.


• The training workshops cover a broad range of topics (see below for more information on training). Mind can even make custom mental health training sessions, for businesses.


• Police and Criminal Evidence – an appropriate adult service for detainees with mental health problems. We ensure that their rights are represented.


Address:

112a Southchurch Road
Southend-on-Sea
Essex
SS1 2LX
01702 601123
www.seandcessexmind.org.uk
registered charity 1148451

Affordable Therapy


Free Assessment
Charges from £10 - £25 dependent on individual circumstances.
Clients must be over 18.
presenting issues:

• anxiety
• depression
• relationship issues
• grief
• loss


E: help@affordabletherapy.co.uk
T: 07902 600 125
Address:

Hamlet Court Rd 

Westcliff 

SS0 7EY.

Visits by appointment only. Please contact to arrange.


Olivetree Centre


Offer one to one counselling, couples counselling, children and family counselling.


Can help with a range of issues including:
• Bereavement
• Trauma
• Loss
• Depression
• Physical, mental, sexual abuse
• Stress & Anxiety
• Marriage
• Drug/Alcohol addiction
• Depression


The Office is open 9.30 1.30pm mon-Friday
Counselling is available from 9am -9pm Monday-Friday (some Saturdays)


All counsellors are professionally trained and use a range of recognised models. Some counsellors are in training.


Expect clients to contribute to the cost of sessions. But if clients feel unable to pay anything, please state, as they will not turn away genuine cases of hardship.


To contact the centre simply call us on 017020524346 mob 0781710629
Or email enquiries@olivetreecentre.org.uk or visit www.olivetreecentre.org.uk


Works out of two locations:

Nobles Green Rd, Southend-on-Sea, Leigh-on-Sea SS9 5PY

Clarence Road Baptist Church, 6 Clarence Road, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 1AN

Abacus Counselling and Support


A registered charity offering counselling sessions for individual, couples and families.


Affordable costs – negotiable based on client’s ability to pay.


Able to work with children (age 10+), teenagers and adults of all ages.


Offer support for issues relating to:

• Low Self esteem
• Anxiety
• Stress
• Friendship/school issues/bullying
• Domestic Abuse
• Bereavement
• Anger Management
• Family breakup/communication problems/relationship issues


All counsellors are DBS checked.


Contact us on 07910 261780

email info@abacuscounsellingandsupport.co.uk
Facebook: abacuscounsellingandsupport


Address:

Care of: Shoeburyness and Thorpe Bay Baptist Church

90 Thorpedene Gardens

Shoeburyness

SS3 9JD


Relate South Essex

We are a registered independent local charity and have over 65 years’ experience of helping individuals, couples and families to develop positive intimate, personal and work-based relationships. As members of the Relate federation, we are the largest providers of relationship support in the country.

Support provided:
• Individual, couples, young persons and family counselling
• Relationship issues such as birth of a child, issues within families, bereavement, loss of job, change in status plus more
• Sex therapy services
• Family mediation service with Public funding for those on low income
• Young person’s counselling available, for young people aged 14-21 years both in school and at our premises
• Peer Mentoring/Listening workshops in schools
• Marriage preparation courses
• Workshops for the communities of South Essex.

Therapy services are offered face to face, on the phone or through Skype.
There is no upper age limit to clients.

If you work or have worked for certain organisations such as the Grocery trade, Civil Service, Banking Sector or Armed forces, we may be able to point you out to funding for this service.

We are a self-funding charity. So we ask for a financial contribution, from all clients. We use this money, to partially fund counselling for those unable to contribute in full. We significantly fund our young person’s counselling.

Please call 01702 342901 to book a counselling appointment or 01268 286577/01268 270479 for our mediation service.

Please refer to our comprehensive website for full details at www.relatesouthessex.co.uk
Facebook: Relate South Essex and out twitter feed is @relatese


Two locations:
29 Harcourt Ave, Southend-on-Sea SS2 6HT
4 Cherrydown West, Basildon, Essex SS16 5AT

Therapy For Life


At Therapy for life we provide support though:


• Life Coaching
• Hypnotherapy
• Holistic Approaches
• Empathic Healing
• Therapeutic Counselling
• Shamanic Healing


Affordable Counselling with a mature student at £15 per session


For issues such as:
• Depression
• Loss & Grief
• Anxiety
• Phobias
• Addictions and Compulsions
• Identity issues

and more.


Two locations:

General Enquiries:
Prittlewell House, 30 East Street, Southend on Sea, SS2 6LH

Block A, Weston Chambers, Suites 12,14 & 15, Weston Road, Southend on Sea, SS1 1AU


Contact: Samantha MNCS (Accred)
phone: +44 (0)7546 917 252
Email: sam@therapyforlife.co.uk
website: www.therapyforlife.co.uk/index.html

Open Adult Counselling Service (OACS)


OACS is a voluntary, independent, non-profitmaking and confidential counselling service provided by qualified, supervised counsellors.


OACS operates within the BACP's ethical framework for good practice.

We provide a one to one counselling service for the community with both male and female counsellors.


We offer one to one counselling support to address many different kinds of concerns such as:

• Stress
• eating issues
• drug / alcohol misuse
• anxiety
• loss
• addiction
• trauma
• crisis
• abuse
• irrational fears
• bullying
• bereavement
• body image concerns
• depression
• panic attacks


Two Locations:

Benfleet Methodist Church, 65 High Road, Benfleet, Essex, SS7 5LH

Citizens Advice Bureau, Civic Suite, Hockley Road, Essex, SS6 8EB


For all counselling enquires, please use Rayleigh & Benfleet phone contact, and not email.


Benfleet: Please phone 07963 279272

Rayleigh: Please phone 07722 958017
or email info@oacs.org.uk

Courses available for the public
Below are a list of organisations providing short courses and workshops, for the public


SOS Counsellor Training College (SOSCTC)


We offer half day and one day workshops as well as short courses on various subjects for both members of the public and professionals. Topics include:


• Sexual Violence,
• Child to Parent Violence and Abuse
• Counselling Children and Young People 
• Shame
• Introduction to Counselling


Other workshops in the pipeline


Workshops can be used towards CPD or for Personal Development


All proceeds from SOS Counsellor Training College go directly to SOS Rape Crisis, a charity dedicated to supporting survivors of sexual abuse and violence (Charity No 1143021)


20-22 Clarence Road,
Southend On-Sea
Essex
SS1 1AN
Tel: 07497 745668
Email: info@sosctc.org.uk
https://www.facebook.com/SOSCounsellorTrainingCollege/

South East and Central Essex Mind


South East and Central Essex Mind is committed to delivering high quality mental health services, to raising awareness of mental health and reducing the stigma attached to mental ill health. To achieve this, we have developed a range of training courses which act as an introduction to mental health as well as to the support which is available.


Please click the logo, to view the full training calender and book a place on one of the courses.

If you have any queries, please email mht@seandcessexmind.org.uk


112a Southchurch Road
Southend-on-Sea
Essex, SS1 2LX
Charity registration number 1148451

Therapy For Life


Currently run Personal Growth workshops, for the public.


Contact sam@therapyforlife.co.uk for more details.


General Enquiries:
Prittlewell House, 30 East Street, Southend on Sea, SS2 6LH

Contact: Samantha MNCS (Accred)
phone: +44 (0)7546 917 252
Email: sam@therapyforlife.co.uk