A team of diligent professional counsellors and psychotherapists, with recognised expertise and local to you.
All of the WCC 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 the WCC 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.
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.
Since March 2017, the counselling team has grown from two members to five, and in March 2018 Wellington Counselling was formed into a Community Interest Company (CIC).
Through the generosity of the County Council, Wellington Counselling have been able to expand and continue the service to take referrals from GPs, GetSet,PFSA’s and Health Visitors.
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.
How it all started
Rhonda founded Wellington counselling nearly 2 years ago after being a school counsellor for 7 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 County Council to run a pilot scheme. Through this, free counselling was offered via a range of professionals working with children and families. 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.
To continue to do all the good work we do we need your help. Please help us by donating now, and/or get in touch about how to become a friend of Wellington Counselling CIC.
Equality and 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.
All of our staff have to undergo a Disclosure & Barring Service (formerly CRB) check.
Chris Wallwork is our Designated Safeguarding Lead, and if you have any safeguarding concerns please contact him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org