Western Counselling offers a 12Step treatment programme which is strict, boundaries and based on Educational Workshops, Group Therapy, Gender Groups and 1:1 Counselling sessions. We also offer a series of Life and Social Skills Workshops designed to give every client the opportunity to learn or improve their competencies in areas such as Money Management, Parenting, Literacy, Health Awareness – including Well Woman and Well Man Clinics, Smoking Cessation and Sexual Health, Self Essentials Women’s Workshops, Dance Therapy, Reiki, Relaxation, Laughter Therapy, Yoga, Mindfulness, low impact Exercise, Volunteering and Training opportunities through the Lighthouse Project (a local charity providing support and skills).
Families are encouraged to be involved in the treatment process and meetings with the focal Counsellor can be arranged as required. We also deliver Family Programmes every 8 weeks, to deliver information, support and groups on addiction, treatment and recovery.
Families are encouraged to complete Questionnaires throughout the treatment process which gives them opportunity to describe their feelings and experiences of living with addiction. They are also advised to attend our Family Programme and family conferences with the focal Counsellor. Staff can offer support to the families via the telephone and meetings can be booked as necessary
Free Aftercare is delivered once a week on Wednesday afternoons for as long as required.
clients leaving treatment early are referred back to their original referring agencies. They are escorted to the train station and a non-refundable ticket to their home is purchased. All individuals involved in their care are informed of their impending departure, to ensure arrangements can be made for re-engagement in services, appointments etc.
Help with housing, educational and training needs is available for those clients accessing Second Stage treatment. We also offer Third Stage Recovery Housing, delivered as a Social Enterprise under the name of Genesis Recovery Housing, offering structured and supported living accommodation in 3 houses with a total of 22 beds. Referral to appropriate Third Stage Supported Accommodation can be arranged in conjunction with the Care Manager.
Free Aftercare is available to all individuals who complete the programme, for as long as they wish.
Clients who are discharged early can make an application to attend Aftercare sessions, dependent on them being clean and sober and attending AA/NA meetings. These sessions occur once a week on Wednesday afternoons and include both a Group Therapy and 1:1 Counselling session. Post-treatment support, advice and guidance is available via the telephone for any individual.
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Dual Diagnosis clients are considered, dependent on diagnosis and stability.
Western Counselling Services will exclude clients who:
*have severe and unstable mental health problems (a psychiatric report is required prior to assessment)
*require wheelchair access
*have behaviour problems (e.g. exceptionally aggressive, violent or have serious arson problems).
Detoxification only packages are available for a minimum period of 2 weeks (actual length determined on assessment. Detoxification is at no extra charge for individuals accessing a full Primary treatment programme. Doctors are employed to provide 24 hour cover. Clients are withdrawn using Methadone, Subutex, Chlordiazepoxide and Benzodiazepines as necessary. The length of the withdrawal regime in dependent on use prior to admission etc and is negotiated on an individual basis.
Drug tests - £10-£20 per test
Referrals can be made by various sources including Drug and/or Alcohol Agencies, Statutory Services, DIPs, CARAT teams, GPs, families etc. An assessment can be arranged via the telephone or in person during a visit. This takes approx 40 minutes and includes information relating to social history, substance misuse, forensic history and mental and physical health. The necessary reports are sourced as required.
A letter confirming admission and the respective date is sent to all prospective clients detailing additional information regarding the rules and expectations of the service. All individuals are given as much information as possible to ensure they are fully aware of the programme available.
Confirmation of funding is required prior to admission. A privately funded individual is asked to sign a contract for payment. All clients arriving by public transport are met at the train/bus station.
Western Counselling aims to provide the highest quality of service to both service users and purchasers and will therefore make itself available where possible to aid the assessment process within the restrictions of its operating practice.
Western Counselling will discharge clients who:
*Continue to breach the rules of the service despite warnings to the contrary
*Use drugs, alcohol or non-prescribed medications in treatment
*Initiate an exclusive relationship with another client to the detriment of their treatment programme, whether it be sexual or not
*Exhibit violent and/or threatening behaviour or behave in an aggressive manner whilst in treatment
*Leave the premises alone without permission.
Individuals who wish to be re-admitted can make application to the Admissions Department. Their request will be considered on an individual basis depending on their situation.
North Somerset Accreditation Scheme
NVQ 2,3 and 4 in Health and Social Care (Substance Misuse) NVQ 4 RMA
Diploma in Counselling
Post Grad Diploma in Counselling
Diploma in Psychotherapy and hypnotherapy
Certificate in Diet and Nutrition
Diploma in Eating Disorders
Diploma in Dual Diagnosis
Level 2 in Mental Health Awareness