About Us

Hello and welcome to your community counselling service website. The therapy services at Wellington Counselling are shaped to meet the local need for safe, competent and effective counselling for individuals (children and adults), families and identified groups.

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What we believe in

All of us who work for Wellington Counselling appreciate that life can be very tough and also that things can happen out of the blue that can leave us in a wobbly place. Life is not as predictable as we may have thought, life happens in new and challenging ways, every day. Our ability to be resilient can be affected by work and relationship difficulties and changes, and a whole host of other life events.

We want to be able to give our time, as qualified Counsellors, to listen and help you find ways of understanding your situation (or that of a member of your family), maybe find solutions, feel more in control and able to make smart choices, lead yourself (and your family) into a better place.

At the heart of what we do is the belief that our community can be stronger and healthier, if we are. A lot of what counselling and therapy is about is understanding the “ human” part of human beings, and that means acknowledging and accepting our emotional selves, not trying to distance ourselves from our hearts. We help you make the connection, making you more aware, stronger and positive about the shape your life can take.

We also know that this kind of help is often out of reach for many people, sometimes because of money, sometimes because of pride, stigma, and lack of time. We will work tirelessly to help you overcome these barriers and get you ( and your family) the therapeutic support you need.

Our team

All Of our counsellors are members of a nationally recognised professional counselling/psychotherapy registers, such as those held by BACP (British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy), UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy), or BPS (British Psychological Society) and their professional conduct is bound by stringent ethical principles and the professional conduct procedures of those organisations.

All of our counsellors receive external and internal supervision of their counselling work in accordance with BACP’s Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions. This means that our counsellors will discuss their work with an experienced independent supervisor, although they will not reveal a client’s full identity. The supervisory relationship is bound by the same rules of confidentiality as the counselling relationship (see our policy on confidentiality, counselling and you).

At Wellington counselling CIC we can offer clinical placements to both qualified and trainee counsellors. Our Trainee counsellors are rigorously monitored by experienced and knowledgeable staff, and are very well supported. You will be told if your counsellor is still in training and if you would prefer to wait to be seen by a qualified counsellor, please let our admin staff know.

Rhonda Lovell

Founder of WCC, Director, Counsellor and supervisor

Rhonda set up WCC in 2017 after working as a therapist in the Wellington schools community for seven years. She recognised the need for early intervention in the form of therapy, and had a vision for everyone in the community to have access to free and/or affordable therapeutic help. Rhonda manages the Counselling Team, as well as being a counsellor and supervisor in private practice.

Contact: rhonda@wellington-counselling.co.uk

Bob House

Director

Bob House has lived and worked in Wellington area for 40 years, in industry then as church minister at Rockwell Green Christian Centre.  As a committed Christian he is passionate about faith in action, particularly in the local community, although his church ministry takes him to support projects in Southern Africa.

With central involvement in Wellington One Team, Bob has been helping to develop a range of services, and particularly Wellington Counselling CiC which is a vital service in furthering the ‘healthy communities’ agenda.

Contact: bob@wellington-counselling.co.uk

Vivienne Sutton

Counsellor/Psychotherapist

Vivienne is an experienced Integrative Counsellor/Psychotherapist; integrative meaning that she uses various models of working depending on the person and their needs. This could be CBT or Solution Focused Therapy. Vivienne works with young people 13+ and adults. She has worked with a wide variety of issues including depression and anxiety, bereavement, anger management. Vivienne has worked as a Practice Counsellor at a GP Surgery and as a Development Officer in Mental Health, at a Community Mental Health Team.

As well as counselling young people Vivienne has had experience working with young people as a Youth Worker and Education. Vivienne is a trained Community Mediator, this involves conflict negotiation. Please contact Vivienne for further information.
Vivienne works mostly from her home in Wellington; this means she can offer evening appointments to suit those who have day time commitments.

Vivienne is an Accredited member of the British Association of Counsellors and has a current DBS Check.

Contact: vivienne@wellington-counselling.co.uk

Chris Wallwork

Counsellor

I began working as a counsellor following over 15 years of experience working with individuals and teams in a behavioural environment, offering conflict resolution solutions.

I qualified as a counsellor in 2013, and have worked with a variety of people during that time, from senior managers and business owners to retired folk and teenagers, from ex-offenders to police officers. I enjoy the relational depth that comes from this work, and I value helping clients enact positive change in their lives.

Contact: chris@wellington-counselling.co.uk

Ada Mournian

BACP accredited counsellor, nutrition expert and life coach

Every person deserves to feel like they’re making the most of their life. In the 20 years I’ve worked as a professional psychotherapist, I’ve helped clients overcome a range of difficulties and focus on the things that matter most to them.

From young people to adults, couples and families, my aim is to provide a confidential and calm environment for you to safely explore the issues currently preventing you from enjoying life. No problem is too big to overcome – depression, anxiety, stress, panic, bereavement, eating disorders, anger problems, abuse, redundancy and low self-esteem are just some of the things I’ve helped clients to gain control over.

As well as counselling, I offer nutrition advice to those interested in living a Happy & Healthy life. My life coaching sessions are perfect
for those who need clarity, motivation and support to fulfil their life goals, while tailored corporate packages are available for companies wanting to improve the well-being of their staff.

Contact: ada@wellington-counselling.co.uk

Mark Lithgow

Director

Mark has lived in Wellington with his wife and three children for over thirty years. He cares passionately about our area and local services. Locally, Mark and his family have all been involved with St John Ambulance. Mark has worked with youth services for many years and has been on the Restorative Justice Panel – a cause he firmly believes in. With his work on the Restorative Justice Panel, Mark has held meetings in Wellington in order to find a way forward for young offenders.

Mark is currently a Wellington Town Councillor since May 2016. Also, Mark has recently been appointed as a magistrate and will start his training in early 2019. He has been invited to join the committee that manages the Wellington Youth centre and has been appointed a director of WHERE – (Westcountry Health Education & Research Enterprise). Mark’s passionate about Wellington and plans to find ways to make any new development part of the community and bring with it the infrastructure and investment that our town needs.

Contact: mark@wellington-counselling.co.uk

Equality & Diversity

All-of our staff are carefully selected, well-trained, and properly supervised. We monitor our client base for diversity and accessibility as well as its staff recruitment practices. Our policies are reviewed on a regular rotation to ensure they continue to meet the requirements of the Equality Act 2010. We work hard to avoid any discriminatory practice to ensure equality of opportunity in the recruitment of staff, volunteers, the Steering group, and its service to the public.

Safeguarding

All of our staff have to undergo a Disclosure & Barring Service (formerly CRB) check.

How it all started

Rhonda founded Wellington counselling nearly 2 years ago after being a school counsellor for 6 years. She got to share her vision of a community counselling service that was free at the point of need with a number of people from the church, town council, Wellington 1 team, and other local representatives. In a matter of months, a steering group was formed and some funding was secured from the town and county council to run a pilot scheme. Though this, free counselling was on offer to a range of professionals working with children, adults and families to give to them. The uptake of counselling was great and was seen to be a good and useful resource to both the professionals making use of the service and the counselling clients: counselling made a difference to lives.

Since March 2017, the counselling team has grown from two members to four, and in March 2018 Wellington Counselling was formed into a Community Interest Company (CIC). Through the generosity of the town and county council, Wellington Counselling have been able to expand and continue the service to take referrals from GPs, Getset, PFSAs, Health Visitors and schools.

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