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Counselling Service

What is counselling?

Counselling is a talking therapy offered over six sessions to parent carers in the Sunderland area. Our therapists use a person centred model of counselling, but can also offer a solution focused and CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) approach where necessary. 

Our service is offered within a safe, comfortable, and confidential environment, with a member of our team of counsellors, who will offer you an empathetic and therapeutic helping relationship.

Within this helping relationship, you will be able to set a therapeutic aim or goal, exploring avenues of support, and experiences. 

Counselling can be helpful to individuals who are:

  • Experiencing low mood or depression

  • Feelings of anxiety

  • Bereavement, grief or feelings of loss

  • Self-esteem issues

  • Feelings of loss of identity

  • Understanding big changes in life

  • Anger and frustration

  • Feelings of stress

  • Issues with relationships, work, or family

Who is this service available to?

This service is available to individuals who are 18+ who are a parent carer, living in the Sunderland area, and registered to a GP surgery within Sunderland. 

How can i refer myself or someone else?

You can refer yourself by completing the form below. 


What other support can Choice Wellbeing Service Offer?

We offer a range of support in varying ways. We believe that parent carers should have ample opportunities to explore different avenues of support to tackle isolation and to help their mental health. We run a timetable of different events, classes, and courses, which can be found here. 

This support is kindly funded by Peoples Postcode Lottery, NHS North East and Cumbria, and the National Lottery Community Fund. 

A parent carer is defined by us for our particular services, as someone who has majority care of a child or children with additional needs who are on a diagnostic pathway. The children DO NOT need to have received a diagnosis but should be on a pathway to access our services. 

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