Our Counselling

What can I expect from counselling?

We offer you the opportunity to explore your experiences and feelings and work through difficulties in your life, in a safe, supportive and confidential environment. Over several weeks, your counsellor will come alongside you in these difficulties, helping you to gain a better understanding of yourself and your circumstances.

Counselling invites you to change by helping you to find new strength and the freedom to make your own choices. Counselling is based on listening and is not about giving you advice, telling you what to do or judging you. It can, however, enable you to see things from a new perspective.

​We work with many counselling ideas and models such as Person-centred therapy, Existential therapy, CBT (Cognitive behavioural therapy), Psychodynamic therapy, Transactional analysis, mindfulness practice and Gestalt therapy.

Individual counselling takes place on a 50 minute session per week basis for as long as you and your counsellor think it beneficial.

What can I talk about?

We offer help for people with many different needs including:

  •      * Abuse
         * Anger Management
         * Anxiety & Panic Attacks
         * Attachment issues
         * Bereavement & Loss
         * Burnout
         * Career & Workplace issues
         * Depression
         * Family relationship difficulties
         * Fertility & pregnancy issues
         * Identity development
         * Lifestyle change
         * Loneliness or isolation
         * Low self-esteem
         * Matters of sexuality
         * Mental health issues
         * Parenting challenges
         * Relationship/Marriage difficulties (on an individual basis or as a couple)
         * Stress or PTSD
         * Sudden or chronic illness or health conditions
         * Suicidal thoughts
         * Trauma

Can I have couples counselling with my partner/spouse?

Yes, Cornerstone currently have four trained couples counsellors who can provide couples counselling to two individuals, helping them improve communication and address a wide range of relationship issues through open dialogue and guidance.

Once you have enquired for couples counselling both parties will be asked to complete and return our questionnaire, then you will be invited to an initial assessment before being placed on our couples counselling waiting list.  

Will my counselling be confidential?

Yes, confidentiality is an important part of building trust with your counsellor and they will discuss this with you, when you start your counselling. Please read our privacy statement for more information about how we handle your personal data

How much will it cost?

We do ask clients to make a contribution towards their counselling and an affordable amount is agreed at your initial consultation. We do not wish anyone to be deterred from making enquiries because of an anxiety about cost and are happy to review contributions as and when circumstances change. Each session costs us about £50/hour to provide and all counsellors give their time on a voluntary basis.

For individual counselling, our standard contribution is £50 per 50 minute session. However, we can accept contributions from £20 per session on a time limited basis, according to individual circumstances.

For couples counselling, our standard contribution is £60 per 60 minute session. However we can accept contributions from £40 per session on a time limited basis, according to individual circumstances.

The assessment fee is £25 for individuals and £35 for couples.