Counselling Services

What is Counselling Therapy?

Counselling, counselling therapy and psychotherapy although different terms are essentially the same thing.

Whatever term is used counsellors and psychotherapists provide a service for those who are looking for help and support for a range of emotions and mental health issues.

Counselling therapy provides the opportunity to talk to a qualified and trained person about the things that cause us worry or concern.

This may include talking about experiences,  past and present, or relationships, feelings, emotions and the way we express ourselves, or our ways of thinking and behaving.

Your counsellor will help you look at the things that are causing you worry or concern and help you to resolve difficulties or find strategies to help you cope.

Counselling therapy does not involve telling you what to do and is not the same as having a chat with a friend or parent.

The CLD Trust counsellors are trained and qualified professionals who will help you develop an understanding of yourself and others and help you find your own solutions.

Counsellors may offer information and may ask you to practice strategies in your own time if this is relevant to your type of therapy.


Sessions normally last for approximately 50 minutes and take place at the same time each week.  It is usual to attend counselling every week but this can vary depending on your needs.

Sessions are normally offered for a period of six weeks although some people require a little more and some fewer, your counsellor will help you decide what is right for you.


The CLD Trust try to offer free appointments to young  people.  We are sometimes able to offer a free service to some adults, please call us to discuss your needs.


The CLD Trust only use fully trained counsellors who have significant experience, and relevant other professional training.  We are accredited with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and subscribe to their Ethical Framework For The Counselling Professions.

All our counsellors receive regular case management supervision together with clinical supervision which helps assure the quality of practice.


Confidentiality is essential in the counselling therapy relationship and helps to build trust.

In most cases information is never shared without a client’s permission, very occasionally though there are circumstances which would require us to break confidentiality.  This may happen if something we were told caused us to believe that a child, young person or vulnerable adult was at risk of harm.  If this happens we will talk to you about this.


This unique programme is for individuals who have been unemployed for some time.  It combines therapy and intensive employment support to enable individuals to be confident in their abilities and better placed to secure and maintain employment and training.