York St John Communities Centre
Counselling and coaching
Depending on your needs, we offer counselling and coaching for wellbeing sessions.
Counselling sessions can be provided by telephone, online through Skype or Zoom, or face to face.
Sessions are available at the following times:
- Daytime: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
- Evening, 6.00pm to 9.00pm: Monday, Wednesday.
We can provide help with the following:
- General counselling for a range of difficulties including depression, anxiety, stress, trauma, relationship problems, bereavement, loss
- Counselling for relational and domestic violence and abuse
- Emotional and relational regulation groups for adults
- Groups for children and young people
- Specialist bereavement service
The number of sessions we provide varies, depending on your need. This will be discussed at the initial counselling session and regularly reviewed with your counsellor.
Download information leaflet: Counselling (PDF, 0.9 MB)
Coaching for wellbeing
Coaching sessions can be provided by telephone, online through Skype or Zoom, or face to face.
Session time and dates will be agreed with your allocated coach.
The coach’s role in the partnership is to use their skills of listening, reflecting, and questioning to help you to:
- Explore your life and the field of possibilities that’s open to you
- Identify your untapped resources and your unrealised potential
- Choose which courses of action make most sense to you
- Make the desired changes to your life
Sessions are limited to 10. To find out more about what coaching is, how it's different to counselling, and if it's right for you, see our Coaching for Wellbeing information leaflet.
Download information leaflet: Coaching for wellbeing (PDF, 1.8 MB)
How to access our services
Our referral portal is currently closed as we are experiencing very high numbers of clients. We hope to reopen our referral portal as soon as possible.
In the meantime, if you are in need of help we have several sources of support on our Resources page. On Wednesdays at 6.30pm we have a drop in chat cafe available to all in the De Grey reception area on York St John University campus.
York St John Students can access their own student wellbeing service.
To find out more about our fees and how to pay for sessions, use the links below for either counselling or coaching for wellbeing.
York St John was an open, non judgemental and safe space for me to work through my interpersonal problems. The person centred approach allowed me to think deeply about what it was I wanted to change and has been the beginning of my journey in reflecting on how to approach and be aware of my emotions. It was useful to have an objective perspective.
My experience with the counselling was also really positive, my counsellor was really supportive, friendly and empathetic. I felt comfortable enough in sessions to talk through traumatic experiences with them and felt listened to and understood. Their approach of reflecting back what I’m saying and encouraging me to sit with my emotions has been transformative in how I approach dealing with problems day-to-day, and a lot of their techniques I intend to use on myself now that my counselling has come to an end.
Lifechanging. I was speaking with Gaz, who from the very first conversation was so easy to talk to. He allowed me to talk about what I needed to and let me lead the conversations, but guided me when it was needed. I feel like so many things have changed since the sessions started – I feel more in control of my emotions, more confident and able to apply what we talked about in the sessions. I will forever be grateful to him.
All communication by email and with Pat over the phone was warm, welcoming, friendly and professional. I had to rearrange my initial session last minute and Pat was extremely understanding and helpful. Access to 1 to 1 counselling was quick to access (crucial in times of poor mental health) and the graded costing made this service accessible to me, when otherwise it might not have been. I have recommended the service to a friend who is in need of some counselling - thank you ever so much for all your kind support and help.
Brilliant. From the off my counsellor Sukie corresponded with friendly, professional emails to prepare me for our first session. Her demeanour was calm, open and made me feel comfortable and supported to work through some of the issues I have been experiencing. Working with Sukie over the last 10 weeks has been significantly helpful for my health and wellbeing, and helped me get through quite a rough patch of poor mental health. She has been a skilled, caring and compassionate counsellor.
My coach was perfect for me, they listened to everything I said, took on board what I was saying and gave useful suggestions of how I could approach anything. I always felt happy and positive in my sessions and that the conversation flowed naturally.
I always felt heard which was often reinforced by my coach raising something from a previous session that we had spoken about. I always felt comfortable sharing with my coach and there wasn’t anything I held back.
Coaching has supported me in numerous ways, I have had a lot of 'life' events happen over the course of my coaching sessions, buying a house and then moving into the house and redecorating, undertaking a huge physical and mental challenge to raise money, understand even more about who I am and what I want in life to feel fulfilled, challenged and motivated.
I have had therapy before and found the coaching much more beneficial for me, rather than just taking about what’s happened to me in the past and how it made me feel coaching felt much more proactive and had an end goal/outcome at the end of each session that I could build on and work on.