Covid-19 Update – 1st June 2020

  • Counselling Sessions

**NEW: Remote Counselling Sessions – (Charitable Donation Service)**

Our service for remote counselling sessions is now open to new clients and we will be maintaining a waiting list as usual.

Please get in touch with us if you would like to have remote counselling 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.
  • All face-to-face client work has stopped

Our offices are closed, and our counsellors are working remotely. Our current waiting list for face-to-face sessions remains closed and we cannot say when our face-to-face sessions will be resume. We anticipate that there will be a substantial waiting time when they do. However, remote counselling sessions are now available.

  • Private Client Service & Waiting List

This service and waiting list remains open. If you wish to access counselling through our Private Service (fee-paying service) 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 to work with all of our current students to support them in the best way possible so that they can complete their course and training.

Future courses:

We are still planning to start the CPCAB L4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and CPCAB L2 Certificate in Counselling Skills courses in September 2020, (start dates may be subject to change). Click here for more information about the courses.

VIRTUAL COLLEGE OPEN DAY – Saturday 6th June 2020

Time: 10.30am – 12.30pm

This virtual college open day offers prospective students the opportunity to meet with our tutoring team and some of our current students. Break-out sessions with different tutors will give you a chance to ask any questions that you may have about our courses and studying for a counselling qualification with Westmeria.

To register your interest in the Virtual Open Day and the course that you are interested in, or if you have any other queries, contact our Admin Team. Once you have registered your interest in the Virtual Open Day we will be back in touch with how to access this.

Click here to contact us.

  • CPD Workshops

All CPD workshops scheduled between April – June have been cancelled. We will be offering the Tony Buckley Workshops again in 2021 – please continue to monitor our website for further updates. Those delegates who have already purchased tickets for these workshops have been contacted individually and offered a full refund.

NEW CPD Event:

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. Madison-Amy Webb invites you to consider a simple truth: everyone has a gender identity, whether or not they’ve given it consideration.

Date: Saturday 14th November
Time: 10am – 4pm
Location: Westmeria Counselling Services (Kent/Greater London)
Facilitator: Madison-Amy Webb

Click here for more information & to purchase tickets. 

  • Student Counselling Placements – applications and interviews

Student Counselling Placements continue to be in high demand with us as we are a generic counselling agency offering excellent support and supervision alongside your training.

There will be a limited number of placements available in September, (dependant on the Covid-19 situation), and we hope to arrange applicant interviews for June 2020.

We welcome applications from counselling students who wish to have their training placement with us. You must be studying at least at Diploma level. Please email your CV with a covering letter to enquiries@westmeriacounselling.co.uk

  • 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. Currently our office hours are restricted. 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 remotely. 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 is an extremely worrying time for many people, and we are grateful for you bearing with us.

‘In the rush to return to normal, use this time to consider which parts of normal are worth rushing back to’

Dave Hollis

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

The Westmeria Team

(Updated: 1st June 2020)