Directory: Counselling and Therapy
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ARC (Antenatal Results and Choices)
ARC offers non-directive information and support to parents before, during and after antenatal screening; when they are told their baby has an anomaly; when they are making difficult decisions about continuing with or ending a pregnancy, and when they are coping with complex and painful issues after making a decision, including bereavement.
Helpline Monday – Friday 10am-5.30pm using number below (or you can text using 07908 683004)
For evening support email to book an appointment for either a Tuesday or Thursday evening 8pm-10pm.
Art Therapy Open Studio – Wells
Bereavement Advice Centre
The Bereavement Advice Centre is a free helpline and web-based information service provided by Co-op Legal Services. It provides practical information, advice and signposting on the many issues and procedures that face people after the death of someone close. The service welcomes calls from bereaved people and the professionals and volunteers who support them.
This advice line is open Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm
The bereavement well-being group offers friendly support and provides an opportunity to meet with other people who are experiencing the pain of bereavement. This group currently runs online:
4th Thursday of the month from 12pm – 1pm
Please call to book yourself a place.
One-to-one counselling with a qualified counsellor via telephone is also available, although there is currently an 8 week waiting list. Please call to refer yourself to this service.
Child Bereavement UK
We provide confidential support, information and guidance to families and professionals throughout the UK. Our professionally trained bereavement support workers are available to take calls 9am-5pm Monday – Friday. Please see the number below.
Help can also be given over web chat. Please use the helpline email below.
Child Death Support Helpline
The Helpline is for anyone affected by the death of a child of any age, from pre-birth to adult, under any circumstances, however recently or long ago. It is operated by a dedicated team of volunteers who are all bereaved parents themselves, so they do understand.
Monday to Sunday 7pm to 10pm.
Monday, Thursday, Friday 10am to 1pm.
Tuesday and Wednesday 10am to 4pm
Childline is here to help anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through.
This is a free, private and confidential service. You can talk about anything. Whether it’s something big or small, our trained counsellors are here to support you.
Counselling Directory lists counsellors and psychotherapists who are members of a recognised professional body or those who have sent us copies of their qualifications and insurance cover.
Cruse Somerset- Bereavement Support
Cruse Bereavement Support is the leading grief charity in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Their trained Bereavement Support Volunteers provide support for people who are grieving. They also offer a range of online services including self-help resources and online chat. Grief is personal and so is grief support. You can speak to them on the phone, online or get in touch with them about ongoing grief support sessions.
ELIM Connect Counselling Service
At Connect Counselling our team of experienced Counsellors provide services to people and families in and around our community. The service is open to adults from aged 18 upwards. We ask for a contribution to counselling cost per session which is negotiable. Connect Counselling can be accessed through our Street Level Programme or by contacting us directly.
Farming Community Network
Offers pastoral support and practical help to anyone in the farming community (currently or retired) when they are facing challenges and tough times. All volunteers have a farming background and are trained to listen confidentially and without judgement, for as long as it takes to resolve difficult issues
Focus Frome Counselling Agency
Affordable, professional, person centred counselling agency in Frome for adults, young people and children. Focus Frome is an arm of Focus Bath.
Focus Frome-Young Persons Wellbeing Drop In
Focus Frome are doing a weekly drop in for young people aged 13-19 who maybe feeling anxious, overwhelmed or struggling with their mental health. This will be a confidential space where young people can access professional support from qualified and trainee counsellors.
Every Thursday at The Good Heart Cafe 7 Palmer St, Frome BA11 1DS 3:00pm-5:00pm
For more information please call Focus counselling or email them, contact information below.
Frome Birth Talk
Frome Birth Talk is a charity in Frome that provides free professional counselling for anyone who is pregnant, has had a baby in the last 2 years or has experienced baby loss.
We support all parents regardless of gender and offer both free counselling and weekly support groups. We’re supported by the Friends of Frome Hospital and use the Friends Room for our counselling sessions and we also offer Zoom and phone counselling sessions.
Heads Up work with individuals affected by mental health issues and other difficulties, in order to help them towards recovery, greater well-being and quality of life. They offer a variety of courses, classes and therapies.
For more information give Heads Up a call, office times are Monday – Friday 9am-4pm.
Wells – Upper Breach, South Horrington, Wells, BA5 3QG
Josephine’s Star- Somerset
Josephine’s Star offer support to children and their families in Somerset when someone special has died. Thier trained volunteers provide professional help to children, young people and their families either individually or in facilitated groups. Referrals can be made by a school, healthcare professional or family member and must be with the agreement of the carer and child concerned. Please complete the contact form on their website.
Josephine’s Star are offering free Little Bags of Help to families in need. Please visit the website below for more details.
Kooth Online Counselling for 11-18 year olds
Kooth.com is a free, safe, confidential and non-stigmatised way for young people to receive counselling, advice and support on-line. Kooth delivers thousands of counselling sessions each year to young people aged 11-18. Available until 10pm each night, 365 days per year.
Mental Health – self help guides
Somerset Partnership have produced self help information leaflets on a number of topics. See link below to their website where you can find their leaflets on topics such as anxiety, anger, depression, low mood, eating disorders, OCD, panic, self harm, shyness and social anxiety and stress.
Losing a baby during pregnancy can be a very unhappy, frightening and lonely experience. The Miscarriage Association helps by offering support and information for anyone affected by miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy or molar pregnancy. Call our Helpline below, which is available from 9am-4pm Monday to Friday.
Musgrove Park Bereavement Support Service
The Bereavement Office provides a service for the newly bereaved families of patients who die at Musgrove Park. To arrange an appointment with one of our Bereavement Support Officers please ring the number below.
Relate – relationship support
Rosie Crane Trust
Committed to assisting in relieving distress, whether mental, physical, spiritual or emotional, caused by the bereavement of a child. 24 hour telephone helpline.
RUH Bereavement Support Service
The Bereavement Office provides a service for the newly bereaved families of patients who die at RUH; Call the Bereavement Office Manager or email for more information – Monday – Friday 08:30am – 4.30pm.
SANDS Stillbirth & Neonatal death charity
SANDS offers support for anyone who has been affected by the loss of a baby.
Somerset Suicide Bereavement Support Service
Somerset Suicide Bereavement Support Service is here for anyone bereaved by suicide in Somerset. We offer emotional support as well as guidance through the trauma of sorting out personal affairs. Fully trained members of staff advise on matters such as liaising with the Police, Coroner’s office and faith groups. Most importantly, we are here to listen at a time of great stress and anguish.
We are now able to offer support via Zoom, Skype, WhatsApp, telephone, or via our new Chat Box which is located in the bottom right-hand corner of our website. Individuals can also reach us via email. We aim to respond to anyone who contacts us within 48 hrs during the working week.
SSAFA Armed Forces Charity
SSAFA provides lifelong support to anyone who is currently serving or has ever served in the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines, the British Army or the Royal Air Force.
Our trained volunteers can provide practical, emotional and financial support if and when you need it. Our network of local branches means that help and advice is close at hand. When you contact us for support we will put you in touch with one of our experienced advisers in the Mendip area. It is often the little things which make the most difference but we are also experienced at dealing with complex problems.
St Margaret’s Hospice
Committed to providing specialist palliative care, advice, support and respite to patients and their families living in Somerset and parts of neighbouring counties. Our care is available for those who have a terminal or life-limiting illness, for example cancer, motor neurone disease and chronic lung disease.
Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide
A self-help, voluntary organisation which aims to meet the needs and break the isolation of those bereaved by the suicide of a close relative or friend. Our nearest support groups are Bath (virtual) and Bristol – please visit our website for details.
Our Support Helpline is open every day 9am – 9pm, please call the number below.
Sweet Track Counselling Services – Glastonbury
The Sweet Track Counselling Agency is a low-cost counselling service based in Glastonbury town centre. It offers an opportunity to benefit from counselling if you are on a low income or face a long wait for other services. Counselling is available for both adults and young people.
The counselling is provided by student counsellors working towards a nationally recognised counselling diploma. Students are supervised by a fully qualified counsellor All students are members of the BACP or another professional body and hold insurance for their work.
Talking Therapies- Somerset area
Talking Therapies offer a wide range of treatments for adults 18 years of age and over who are registered with a GP surgery in the Somerset area. Talking Therapies is for people experiencing mild to moderate depression, general anxiety and worry, panic attacks, social anxiety, traumatic memories , obsessive compulsive disorder and adjustment to living with a long term physical health condition.
If you are 18 years or over and registered at a GP surgery in Somerset, there are a number of ways you can refer yourself to Talking Therapies, visit the website or call for more information.
The Nelson Trust – women’s community services
The Nelson Trust Support people with multiple and complex needs whose lives have been impacted by addiction or are in contact with the criminal justice system.
They accept referrals from any professional or women may refer themselves. Every woman is offered a detailed individual assessment of their needs across “pathways” such as mental health, family and relationships, addiction issues, domestic abuse. Each client has their own Keyworker who works with them to co-create a support plan to address their needs.
We Hear You (WHY) – Frome
We Hear You (WHY) provide a range of services including free, professional counselling for anyone impacted by cancer or a life-threatening condition, including Covid-19. The service is available to children, young people and adults across Mendip, Somerset and Wiltshire.
We Hear You (WHY) also run Walk and Talks, WHY Be Mindful courses, WHY Outdoors Nature Connections and The Coffee Connection in Frome.
For more information please visit their website below.
Wessex Counselling Service for Adults- Frome, Bath & Street Area
Professional and affordable counselling to people around Frome, Bath, Bristol and Street. We are a low cost service and in some cases are able to offer bursaries to clients on very low incomes.
YOU-TH SPACE counselling for 15-18 year olds – Frome
You-th Space is an affordable and friendly counselling service in Frome and the Mendips for 15 to 18 year olds who are facing common issues such as anxiety, depression, feelings of loneliness or isolation, or just feeling different to others.
As a charity, the service relies on the generosity of people’s donations. Those who can afford to are asked to contribute to the costs of the counselling. However, the service is offered free of charge to those who need it.
Young people in need of support can self-refer to You-th Space, or can ask their parents or school to contact the service via the website.
Young Somerset is the largest youth work charity in Somerset. They employ Wellbeing Practitioners that offer low-level mental health support, through cognitive behavioural therapies (CBT), to young people in Somerset.