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York St John Communities Centre


Find out more about our counselling service.

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Our counselling service offers counselling sessions to adults aged 18 and over.

If you are a York St John student, you can access counselling through the student wellbeing service. York St John staff can access support through Care First (intranet).

Jump to a section of this page for more information about our service:

You can also download our information leaflet: Communities Centre - Counselling Leaflet (PDF, 1.4MB)

How we can help

Counselling is where you can speak to a professional about any struggles, issues and concerns you have. It offers a confidential space and time for you to explore your feelings, thoughts, and behaviours so that you can better understand yourself and your relationship with others.

Expand the drop-down to find out more about the specific things we can help with.

  • Feelings of depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress and overwhelm
  • Upsetting or traumatic events
  • Gaining more self-awareness
  • Recognising unhelpful patterns
  • Healing trauma
  • Dealing with difficult life events
  • Improving low self-esteem and worth
  • Understanding yourself in the world
  • Dealing with difficult emotions
  • Supporting emotional regulation
  • Bereavement and loss
  • Working with relationship issues

Talking to a counsellor can help you to think through your personal or psychological problems and find ways to move forward. What you talk about will depend on your reasons for seeking counselling and what you want help with. Our counsellors will listen to you without judgement and help you to explore your thoughts and emotions.

What we offer

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Our counselling sessions are usually provided through face to face sessions based at our Centre. We also offer online and telephone sessions.

You will be offered weekly sessions which are initially for a minimum of 10 sessions. This is regularly reviewed with the opportunity for further sessions.

Face to face sessions are available at the following times:

  • Monday to Wednesday: 9.00am to 9.00pm
  • Thursday and Friday: 9.00am to 5.00pm

Online and telephone sessions are available at the following times:

  • Monday to Thursday: 9.00am to 9.00pm
  • Friday: 9.00am to 5.00pm

Accessing the service

To access the counselling service, you will need to complete our online self-referral form.

Self-referral form

After submitting the form your referral will be assessed, and you will be contacted by a member of the Centre office team to identify next steps.

For information about how we collect, use, store and share your data please read our privacy policy.


The Centre offers counselling on a sliding scale, from £15 to £55 per session, and fees are dependent on your annual income. Please be aware when selecting your fee we may request evidence of income.

You must pay fees in advance of your session. You can pay through our online shop, by card machine at our Centre, or by standing order. 

Find out more about our fees and how to pay for sessions on our Counselling fees page.

Supporting York St John Communities Centre

As a not for profit organisation with charitable status, your contribution to York St John Communities Centre plays a vital role in helping us continue our mission of serving the community.

Whether you're interested in volunteering your time, making a donation, or spreading the word about our cause, there are lots of ways you can get involved and make a difference. You can explore the different ways to support us on our Supporting the Centre page and help us in continuing to create positive change in our community.

Supporting the Centre    One-off or regular donation (JustGiving)