Primary Care Counselling Service
Sunderland Counselling Services provide counselling from a number of GP surgeries across the Sunderland area for patients of qualifying GP practices.
This arrangement provides us with the opportunity to offer the general public easy access to counselling across the city.
The Primary Care Counselling Service is a Time Limited service which offers clients up to six counselling sessions. Because of the time limited structure this type of counselling is best suited to individuals who have one main presenting issue and who are:
- Capable of formulating their problems in a reasonable way
- Motivated to change
- Ability to feel emotion
- Ability to engage with counsellor from 1st session
Time limited counselling is most appropriate for individuals experiencing:
- Non complicated bereavement
- Relationship difficulties
- Work problems
- Mild/Moderate depression
- Self esteem issues
- Loss of confidence
In exceptional circumstances extra sessions may be possible with the agreement of the Clinical Lead.
This service is not suitable for individuals who may be likely to attend counselling when under the influence of drugs or alcohol or likely to behave in an aggressive or threatening manner to any member of staff.
How Referrals Work
Referrals should be sent to:
Sunderland Counselling Services
51 John Street,
Sunderland SR1 1QN
Tel: 0191 5147007
Fax: 0191 565 8127
Clients may be referred on to a more appropriate agency at this point. This process is intended to reduce waiting times and offer the client the most beneficial treatment option available to them.
A face to face assessment will be completed prior to the commencement of counselling.
The counselling team associated with this project are not a crisis team or a replacement for CPN’s. They do not carry out home visits and don’t provide a ‘drop in’ service.
The service works within both the Safeguarding Adults and Safeguarding Children procedural framework.