As the name suggests, Contact Affordable Counselling aims to provide counselling on a more affordable basis. (This is not a free service).
On this website you will find information about the kinds of issues with which counselling may help, the nature of the relationship and support that our counsellors can offer and practical information including: fees, locations, making an appointment and what to expect from counselling sessions. Please read the information contained herein and if you feel that our organisation suits your needs, we invite you to make a referral by calling the above-listed number.
(Please note that this is not a crisis service. Should your issue be urgent, please contact The Samaritans on 116 123).
What is Contact Counselling?
Contact Counselling, founded in 2007, believes that counselling should be accessible and affordable for those who might otherwise be unable to afford the usual higher fees.
The collaborative is managed along co-operative lines and counsellors carry out all of the administration on a voluntary basis. Due to its affordability, a large number of referrals are often received and, subsequently, there may be a long waiting time.
If there is anything you need to know, that is not covered in these pages, please get in touch. You can be sure of a friendly welcome and we will endeavour to assist you with your enquiry.
Please note: we offer counselling to individuals only. Should you seek counselling as a couple (couple = 2 people of any relationship), please refer yourself to a couples counsellor/family therapist).
A note about Adoption
In 2010, a law was passed so that only counsellors and psychotherapists who are registered as an Adoption Support Agency with Ofsted are able to offer counselling to clients seeking support for issues surrounding their adoption.
These amendments to the Adoption and Children Act 2002 were introduced so that clients would be provided with services from practitioners who hold specific relevant experience and qualifications.
This legislation means, therefore, that a client who is seeking support, where adoption-related matters are the prime issues, must see a specialist Ofsted-approved adoption-trained therapist. (Please contact Ofsted for more information and details of qualified counsellors in the Sheffield area). You will, therefore, be asked, when you contact us if you are adopted and, if so, whether or not your issues relate to your adoption. As this is not an Adoption Support Agency, we will be unable to offer you counselling.