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Primary Care Counselling Service

We provide free, short-term focussed counselling sessions at local GP surgeries in Southampton. Our experienced and accredited counsellors provide support for a range of emotional difficulties. 

Counselling service - service user talking to a counsellor

Who is this service for?

We help people experiencing emotional difficulties such as:

  • Depression and low mood

  • Anxiety

  • Stress

  • Relationship issues

  • Bereavement

  • Self esteem

  • Trauma and abuse

  • Family relationships

  • Work related issues

Get access to this service

Anyone registered with a GP surgery in Southampton can arrange an initial assessment session by telephoning 0800 612 7000. Alternatively, you can ask your GP to make a referral.

After your assessment, you may be seen for counselling within our service, or for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) within the Steps to Wellbeing Service.

During your initial assessment session the therapist will work collaboratively with you to agree what the most helpful intervention may be. 

How we can help

People come to counselling to help them deal with a wide variety of difficulties in their lives. It might be facing a life crisis such as a bereavement, relationship problem, worry about relatives or work, or perhaps feeling isolated or lonely. 

Sometimes people just feel low or anxious without knowing why, or have trouble coping with past traumas or losses in life.

Counselling provides the opportunity to talk confidentially about troubling issues with someone who is not directly involved.  Our counsellors are trained and experienced in paying careful attention to what is shared with them.

They often help people to find a new way of looking at things, and to face issues with more strength and less anxiety.

Our counsellors won’t tell you what to do, but will encourage and enable you to find your own way forward with the help of a supportive and professional relationship.

You will have the same counsellor for each of your sessions. The session normally lasts for 50 minutes and takes place weekly.

We also offer an eight-week Mindfulness Course for difficulties with depression and low mood. This course is for people who have a history of depression/low mood and who have either had counselling within our service or the Steps to Wellbeing Service. It’s designed to help prevent relapses and gives you the chance to learn skills to keep yourself well.

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Contact us

If you have any questions or queries about the counselling service, please get in touch.

Tel:  02380 272023