Covid-19 Update – 7th September 2020

  • Counselling Sessions (Charitable Donation Service)

** NEW: Face-to-Face Counselling Sessions – waiting list is now open

We are pleased to announce that our waiting list for face-to-face counselling is re-opening. We are hoping to resume this service in October. Please get in touch with us if you would face-to-face counselling sessions.

You can email us on enquiries@westmeriacounselling.co.uk or call on 020 8467 9693

Please be aware that there is high demand for this service and so there may be a longer waiting time than there was previously.

As always, we are closely monitoring the Covid-19 situation and will be re-opening our offices in line with Government & BACP advice and guidelines. However, as the on-going situation is unpredictable, the service may be withdrawn at any time – the safety and well-being of our staff and clients is paramount, therefore we can only offer a face-to-face service when we can provide it safely enough to do so.

Further information about health and safety protocol in attending counselling will be given out to clients before they start their sessions.

Remote Counselling Sessions

Our remote counselling service continues, and we will be maintaining a waiting list for new clients as usual. Please get in touch with us if you would like to have remote sessions.

You can email us on enquiries@westmeriacounselling.co.uk or call on 020 8467 9693

How will remote counselling sessions work?

  • Prior to the sessions, clients will be offered a short telephone assessment, if they have not had one already.
  • Counselling sessions will take place via a video link such as Zoom, Skype or another mutually agreed facility with your counsellor.
  • You will need to ensure that you have access to a video conferencing facility as well as a quiet & confidential space with which to have your sessions, i.e. a separate room, garden room or your car.
  • Telephone counselling is not available.

Private Counselling Sessions

This service and waiting list remains open. If you wish to access counselling through our Private Service (full fee-paying service – £40) then please contact us. We are offering remote sessions for this service. Those clients that are already on our private service waiting list will be contacted via email and offered the opportunity to have remote counselling.

Westmeria Counselling College

We are continuing teach all of our courses this September through blended learning – mostly remote teaching with some in-person teaching session where able. We will continue to work with all students to support them in the best way possible so that they can continue their training. 

Courses/Start Date:

CPCAB CSK-L2 Certificate in Counselling Skills          Sept 2020        FULL

CPCAB CST-L3 Certificate in Counselling Studies      March 2021     Open for applications

CPCAB TCL4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling     Sept 2020        FULL

CPCAB TCL4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling     Sept 2021        Register your interest

 

CPD On-Line Live Event – 14th November 2020

Debunking Gender Identity – a reflective guide to gender identity counselling

Counselling professionals are increasingly seeking training in preparation for working with gender variant/trans clients. Mason-Atticus Webb, (currently identifying as Gender-Fluid) invites you to consider a simple truth: everyone has a gender identity, whether or not they’ve given it consideration. Mason considers how their own on-going process highlights the complexities around gender variance – not just for our clients but for us as therapists also.

Date: Saturday 14th November
Time: 10am – 4pm
Style: On-line Live Workshop – limited to 30 places to enable experiential learning & discussion
Facilitator: Mason-Atticus Webb

Click here for more information & to purchase tickets

 

Urgent mental health support

If you need to speak with someone urgently about your mental health, then please call your GP or the Samaritans (Tel: 116 123)

Please continue to check our website and your emails so that we can share any information that we have regarding changes to our services. We are also liaising with our colleagues to stay up to date with both Government, professional and local advice, and we will post updates on our website when we have them.

As a charity, Westmeria Counselling Services is a small, local organisation and like many others is trying to manage the COVID-19 situation in the best way we can. Our office hours continue to be restricted, but phone messages and emails are monitored each day and be responded to as soon as we can.

We would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to our counsellors for their amazing work and who continue to offer sessions. Now, more than ever, there is a great need for mental health support, and we are extremely proud of our counsellors for being able to rise to the challenge during this uncertain period.

We would also like to thank our clients and students for their understanding and patience while we have adjusted to this new way of operating. We appreciate that this continues to be a worrying experience for many people, and we are grateful for you bearing with us.

We continue to wish patience, kindness and compassion with both yourselves and each other at this time.

The Westmeria Team

(Updated: 7th September 2020)