Counselling Services

The most common referral route is through your GP practice but referrals are accepted from support workers, mental health nurses, health visitors etc - people who are involved in your care.  Self referrals are only accepted if you do not receive support from anywhere else.

Counselling is a ‘talking therapy’ that can help people who are feeling stressed or anxious about things that are happening in their life or who struggle to cope with a sudden loss or bereavement.  

Like other talking therapies, such as Mindfulness or Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) counselling is about the person themselves and what they wish to bring to the sessions.  

Counselling has helped people to transform their lives in positive ways and find the confidence to handle difficult situations better and with increased resilience and skill. 

What is counselling

Counselling at Action in Mind offers a safe confidential space for people to talk about their mental ill health and related issues, and build trust with someone who will listen without judgement. Sometimes people have no one else in their lives that they feel they can talk to openly, or the people they do have struggle to know what to say. Taking time out to speak to a counsellor is a way of looking after yourself and putting yourself first.

Counsellors

Action in Mind counsellors are trained and registered with either COSCA (Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland) or BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy).

We offer a placement service to trainee counselling psychologists at Glasgow Caledonian working towards achieving their doctorate and become chartered psychologists, and to students from independent training establishments running courses in CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) or counselling group work. Students are trained to a standard that makes them ready to see counselling clients. We will always ask clients if they would prefer not to have a trainee or student for their sessions.

Who can access adult counselling services?

Anyone over 18 years of age can be referred to the Adult Counselling service.  The most common referral route is through your GP practice. 

When is counselling available?

Counselling is available by appointment, Monday to Friday between 9.00am – 5.00pm and Tuesday evenings, and is usually carried out in our premises at 19 Dean Crescent in Stirling.  We can also arrange appointments in the Buchlyvie Medical Centre, usually on Fridays. However during the COVID 19 situation, our premises are temporarily closed for face to face counselling. We're offering appointments by phone or video conferencing, depending on what you would prefer. 

What clients say about the benefits of counselling at Action in Mind

“Having someone to listen to me.  Just being able to be myself and having the much needed support to help me move on”.

“Being able to admit to some of my issues to someone without feeling judged and being able to speak honestly. Also didn’t feel put under pressure when I was finding it hard to say what I was feeling”.

Children and Young People's Counselling

Please click here for more information about the counselling services we provide to children and young people.

Action in Mind needs your support to make the places where you learn and study or the local communities and neighbourhoods where you live to become better informed about and understanding of mental health.  Together, we can make a real and positive difference to people’s lives by bringing an end to mental health stigma and discrimination by creating a pathway of positive mental wellbeing for everyone.

For more information about The Collective AiM and how you can become involved click Join Us, email info@actioninmind.org.uk or call 01786 451203 (office hours)

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