Counselling and Wellbeing
Our Counselling and Wellbeing service provides a safe, non-judgemental environment to enable you to explore issues which may be causing you distress. We will work with you on individual one to one sessions or a group therapy.
If you live in Aberdeen City you can refer yourself to the Counselling and Wellbeing Service where you can begin to make sense of your thoughts and feelings.
Our counsellors are trained to work with a range of issues relating to anxiety and depression, loneliness, low self-esteem, relationships, self-harm, bereavement, sexual, physical and emotional abuse, gender identity and substance abuse.
Our team of trained counsellors and volunteers can offer you a variety of methods of counselling including Person Centred Therapy, Solution Focused, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Pluralistic and Family Therapy. Our counsellors will listen to your views and experience and will work with you to determine the best type of counselling for you.
Once you have referred to counselling you will meet with our service co-ordinator who will carry out an assessment and explain to you what you can expect from counselling. You will also be able to briefly discuss your reasons for seeking counselling and at this point we may determine if one to one counselling is the right fit for you or it could be an alternative method of counselling, for example our Living Life to the Full Group*
Once you have been placed on the waiting list you will be paired with a counsellor who will best fit your therapeutic needs.
You can self-refer for counselling and we also receive referrals in-house from many agencies such as NHS Grampian Psychiatry and GPs, Social Work, Penumbra, AHSCP Link Workers.
How we work
We do not have a set amount of sessions for counselling however we will review the therapeutic process after 6 sessions to see if this is still meeting your goals for counselling. We will continue to review your experience to make sure it is right for you.
Each individual counselling session lasts approximately 50 minutes and you will be offered weekly, fortnightly or monthly appointments, whatever you feel best fits with you.
Living Life to the Full – Adults and Young People
Lots of people struggle at times in life – Living Life to the Full will teach you a range of life skills that are based on the Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) approach, it will aim to improve your wellbeing and resilience as you go through life.
This is an 8 week course for 2 hours per week and is aimed at people who often feel down, fed up, stressed, worried or feel they are not good enough. The course will enable you to make positive changes in areas of your life and rediscover the things you already do that are good for you. There are no quick fixes, it takes hard work and practice to learn your new skills, but you will become calmer, more confident, happier and in control.
My experience of counselling at the Foyer
While accessing the Counselling and Wellbeing service at the Foyer Carol feels she now values herself and wants to be alive. She says she no longer uses destructive coping mechanisms to help her deal with her hurt and pain. Carol says “It got to the point where I could no longer continue doing what I was doing to myself. It was really hard in the beginning, it was scary to go and speak about all the things I had tucked away into little boxes, but with the help of my counsellor, she listened to me and accepted me for being me, she never judged me or told me what to do, but she helped me find more helpful ways to deal with the hurt and pain I had been feeling for years. I no longer feel hopeless or worthless and I trust myself that whatever happens, I will be OK."