St John’s Counselling & Therapy Launches New Low Cost Therapy Service Which Gives Access to Immediate Affordable Counselling Support

St John's Counselling & Therapy Service situated in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, offers a life line to those experiencing mental health issues who are currently waiting on the NHS list for much needed counselling support.

Bromsgrove, United Kingdom, June 23, 2016 --( Often people seek counselling for a specific reason, such as a bereavement or problems related to work or family issues, alcohol or drug use, but it doesn’t have to be related to a major life event. Many of us will have had difficult experiences at some stage of our lives that may have affected our self-esteem, or our ability to form meaningful relationships. For some, those events will not have hindered their ability to live their lives as they would like to – but some can feel burdened by their experiences, or as though they are stuck in a rut; and that’s when counselling could help.

Therapy offers you a safe, confidential place to talk about your life and anything that may be confusing, painful or uncomfortable. It allows you to talk with someone who is trained to listen attentively and to help you improve things. We all have mental health, like we all have physical health. Both change throughout our lives. And, like our bodies, our minds can become unwell.

According to the NHS choices guide to waiting times, it states that:
“you have the legal right to start your non-emergency NHS consultant-led treatment within a maximum of 18 weeks from referral from a GP, unless you choose to wait longer or it is clinically appropriate that you wait longer. However, if you are seeking counselling support, the right to start that treatment within 18 weeks does not apply. This is because mental health services are not consultant-led.”

So, depending on the area you are living in you could be waiting from 4-12 months to get that much needed support. If you can afford the fees, you could choose to pay for your therapy privately.

Your GP may be able to suggest a local private therapist or you can find a therapist online. However, for many that is not an option and the long wait can mean that they struggle on for a longer time without the support they need.

On the other hand, if you live in or around the Bromsgrove area and you are currently waiting on the NHS list for much needed counselling support, you will now have the option of a new service that has been launched at St John’s Counselling and Therapy Services.

Debbie Reed, an accredited and registered member of the British association for counselling and psychotherapy, (BACP) established her private practice at St John’s Counselling & Therapy offices on the Kidderminster Road Bromsgrove in 2007. Debbie recognises that there is a necessity for people to get this vital support at the time they most need it and in response to this requirement she has launched a new low cost counselling service, to serve the people of Worcestershire.

The service aims to offer a high quality, supervised, counselling service at a low cost for those on low incomes or the unemployed. Working in partnership with local universities and colleges, the service will be resourced using trainee therapists who have successfully completed their initial counselling training and are at a stage ready to complete their placement hours. They are all privately supervised and insured and have been assessed as competent to work with the public in a clinical setting. Additionally, they all hold student membership to the BACP and their work will be guided by the BACP ethical code of practice.

Debbie stated, "We are able to offer this service at a low cost because the therapist’s time is offered free of charge. The fee taken will be to cover the basic overheads, ie; the costs of the room and the admin, making access to immediate support an affordable option."

Who is the service suitable for?
St John’s Counselling Services’ low cost counselling is for adults 16 and above who may be suffering from a variety of emotional difficulties that may involve experiences such as;

loss and bereavement
mild to moderate depression
relationship problems
work and family issues
low self esteem

This service will not be suitable for individuals who have severe mental health problems, ie; suffering from psychosis or people who are actively suicidal.

If you think Counselling might be useful to you and you wish to utilise the low cost services we offer, then please contact Debbie Reed at St John’s Counselling Services; ask how to apply for this through the Low Cost Therapy Service.

How much does it cost?
50 Minute Counselling Sessions are charged for at £10.00 per session

For more information, please contact Debbie Reed. Tel: 07527 585011 or Email Debbie at:

For more information about St John’s Counselling Services please visit the website at
St John's Counselling & Therapy Services
Debbie Reed
00447527 585011
Owner Practice Manager;
Also reached on 07976205724