Experienced counsellors Anne Thomson and Mel Whyatt are the founders of Wolverhampton and South Staffs Counselling Services which aims to:
- Contribute to the emotional and mental wellbeing of local people by ensuring more have timely access to skilled, empathic listening
- Nurture high quality counselling practice locally through the supervision of practising and trainee counsellors
- Improve the emotional and mental health of employees through high quality training and consultancy services for local employers or professionals.
We work with people from diverse cultural and racial backgrounds, religions, genders, sexual orientation and ages.
We’re located in Tettenhall Wood, convenient for people living or working in Wolverhampton, South Staffordshire or east Shropshire.
Easy to reach by public transport, we’re just a minute’s walk from frequent bus services to and from Wolverhampton city centre and the rail station, to Perton in South Staffordshire and to Dudley in the Black Country. We’re also easily accessible by car, with free off-road parking.
The premises are not easily accessible to people with limited mobility.
During the Covid-19 crisis, counselling of individuals and couples will be conducted online only.
Therapy can be useful for anyone who wants to explore the way they are thinking, feeling or behaving. It helpful for anyone who has been hit by a big life event or traumatic experience – for example, bereavement, serious illness, abuse – or is struggling with relationship or other difficulties or facing a dilemma.
Each counselling sessions lasts for 50 minutes. You can choose to meet at the same time each week, every two weeks or even once a month. Some people benefit from just a few sessions. Others believe they need longer. Your individual needs and wants are what matters and you and your counsellor decide what works best for you both.
Sometimes, telling other people such as friends or family members what we are thinking or how we feel can lead them to react negatively towards us. They might avoid us or even stop talking to us. They might even judge us. They might not really want to listen to us. Or they will tell us what to do. We struggle on alone because we don’t want to ‘burden’ them with our problems. Working with a counsellor removes all these risks. You can speak freely, openly, honestly and in complete confidence to your counsellor. You will be heard, understood and accepted for who you are. And there are no strings attached. Once you finish your counselling, you do not have to see your counsellor again unless you choose to do so.
There’s no way of knowing for sure if you are ready to benefit from counselling. It’s no magic wand. It needs your time and commitment. It can sometimes be painful to bring difficult feelings and thoughts out in the open. It can also be really helpful to learn more about yourself. To help you decide if you’re ready, ask yourself, are you really ready to engage with counselling? Are you prepared to be open and honest about your thoughts and feelings? Can you commit your time to counselling?