York St John Communities Centre
We offer counselling sessions to help with a range of difficulties including depression, anxiety, stress, trauma, relationship problems, and bereavement.
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.
How to access our services
The referral portal is currently closed and will reopen in January.
In the meantime, if you are in need of support we have several sources of support on our Resources page. On Wednesday 5 January at 6.30pm we will be opening 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.Centre fees and how to pay
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.