We are currently offering one-to-one counselling to women in the boroughs of Kensington & Chelsea, Hammersmith & Fulham, Westminster, Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Barking & Dagenham, Redbridge, Waltham Forest, Havering, Greenwich and Newham. However, if you reside in another London borough, you can still access our support groups and workshops. Please look for updates here as we aim to widen our counselling provision to other London boroughs later this year.
The Woman’s Trust’s counselling service is BACP accredited and works to the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice. The service is open to all women who are, or have been affected by domestic violence. Woman’s Trust can advise and refer women who do not fall into this category to other services.
We take referrals directly from women or through a third party with their consent.
Our female counsellors who are either trainees or professional counsellors/psychotherapist are trained in giving specialist support to help you cope when you are feeling depressed, negative about yourself or confused and unsure of how to deal with what is happening in your life. Woman’s Trust counselling provides time to explore feelings and to talk through difficulties in a safe, confidential environment with another woman who is aware of the kind of issues that may be troubling you.
Counsellors do not give advice but try to help and support you to find solutions that are right for you. Sessions are confidential – this means that Woman’s Trust does not give out personal information about women who use our service or what you discuss with the counsellor. Counselling is offered at the same time each week with the same counsellor for a 50 minutes session. We offer sessions over 18 weeks but you may be offered more if you think it would help you. Childcare grants for certified childminders or nurseries are offered to clients suffering hardship.
You may or may not know much about counselling, but there are different schools of counselling and this can make a difference to your experience. At Woman’s Trust we use an approach called ‘Person-Centred’, developed by Carl Rogers. This means that you are in control of the sessions, you decide what you want to talk about.
The counsellor’s role is to be real, who they are and not be the ‘expert professional’, so that there is a two-way relationship. They are not there to judge you or tell you what to do, but to follow you in what you want to talk about. It is different from talking to friends or family, as you can say what you want without fear of being made to feel foolish or told what you should do or keep it a secret because you are afraid of how they might respond or tell others. Anything you tell the counsellor is confidential, except in a few extreme cases (see confidentially section).
Counselling can only really work if it is something you want to do, rather than you feel you should do or someone else thinks you should do. It could be that when a counselling slot becomes free you might decide that it is not a good time for you (perhaps you are moving house or have lots of other things going on) and that’s fine, just tell us and you can take up the service when it is right for you.
At the moment, we are able to offer counselling in the following languages: English, Italian, Gujarati, Spanish and Romanian