The Counselling Space is a project that offers free, timely and accessible mental health support to anyone wishing to access it.
So far we have delivered over 400 free sessions to members of the community including children, adults, couples, families. We started as a small project trial and have grown due to demand and life changes users have experienced.
We now need to expand our project to offer free quality mental health support for those not able to get support elsewhere.
But we need your help.
For the last eighteen months, we have been providing free therapy to people in the local community of Hackney. Currently, we are only able to operate for one day a week. We have been lucky to be given a free space to run more weekly sessions.
We need your help to be able to pay a therapist for at least one full day of work and if sufficient funds raised, then expand to as many days as your generous contributions make it possible!
What is our vision?
-To offer timely, free and accessible mental health support to anyone wishing to access it.
-To provide an alternative to current long waiting lists in the NHS and high fees of private mental health care.
We are currently fundraising to hold sessions for one day per week. We wish to pay counsellors whilst ensuring the service remains free of charge for the users.
We need to fundraise £9,250 for one year’s service.
-Hourly rate for the counsellor £25 p/hr: £671
-Monthly supervision: £70
-Marketing monthly: £20
-Monthly insurance: £10
Total per month: £771
Total per year: £9,250
More about the project
We are working in collaboration with the MillCo Project who have allowed us to start serving the community at the Rose Lipman Building in Haggerston, Hackney.
The therapy provided at The Counselling Space follows the Person Centred approach, which means that it puts the client and their feelings at the centre of therapy. Person Centred therapy does not diagnose, or give homework to bring to the next session.
Our Lead Counsellor and founder, Claudia Turbet-Delof, is a qualified Person Centred Counsellor, a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists UK (BACP), a trained Group Therapist and former Youth Worker that has worked with children and young people at risk of exclusion in and outside schools in the boroughs of Hackney, Islington and Tower Hamlets.