How can I access counselling?

Counselling is available from a wide range of sources in St Helens – the Open Mind Service can help you identify what type of counselling is most appropriate for your needs if you feel that you may have a mental health problem.

Mindsmatter offer CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) counselling sessions for people with mild to moderate (low-intensity) or severe (high-intensity) mental health problems. This is delivered through one-to-one sessions and involve completing ‘homework’ worksheets and exercises, aiming to change the way that you think and behave in your life, focusing on improving how you deal with problems.

Philippi Counselling and Platform 51 (for boys & girls aged under 19 and women aged over 19) are charities that can offer counselling for a wide range of topics.

Some local charities and voluntary groups also offer counselling related to specific issues such as:

  • Bereavement: St Helens Bereavement Service
  • Pregnancy/parenting: LIFE
  • Substance misuse: ADDaction
  • Rape and Sexual Abuse: RASASC
  • Women: Chrysalis Centre for Change
  • Young Men: CALM
  • Older People: Age UK
  • Debt: Christians Against Poverty

You can also have a look around some of the other FAQs relating to these specific issues, where you can also find details of local peer support groups, local informal drop-in sessions, national helplines and information sites.

You can also access private counselling in St Helens by searching on the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy website or via the Counselling Directory.