The thought of seeing a counsellor can be a little scary to some people: talking about feelings is not something we are always comfortable with. Especially in the case of an unplanned pregnancy or a pregnancy loss. Some people can feel guilty or fearful or even stupid for wanting to talk about it.
The main emphasis of our charity is ordinary women who have themselves suffered these situations (not all of them at once!) but between us we have all been in the same situations. By the way we have trained a few men and we will always see men as well as women, it's just the vast majority of our clients tend to be female.
While the person you talk to may not have been in the exact same position, each one of us is trained to listen. We will not label you or dismiss how you are feeling. We aim to support you as best as we can.
We can support clients experiencing a crisis pregnancy, and afterwards; clients who have suffered miscarriage, stillbirth and abortion; clients who are new parents. Basically if you've had a baby in the last year you can come to see us and also if you've experienced any kind of pregnancy loss - and for that there is no time limit.
What To Expect
It may be that all you need is to talk on the phone but we think making an appointment to see us is better as there are no distractions.
It's fine if you only need to come the once, many do that. Others need to see us four to six times or more and that's also fine. The first time you call in, we go through it all with you.
We prefer to see counselling clients outside of the drop-in but we can be flexible so let us know what times work best for you. Our counsellors have both crisis counselling training and grief/loss training, accredited with the ACC and we work according to both the ACC and BACP Codes of Ethics as well as ongoing regular supervision. One of us is also a Registered Member of the BACP. You can find us on the Counsellors Directory here. If you need to know anything else about our counselling, please don't hesitate to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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