Counselling Service

Counselling Service

Having had an exceptional summer, the thoughts of heading into autumn and winter can be quite daunting.  The cold dark mornings and evenings can bring many challenges for those of us living with sight loss, whether newly diagnosed or living with a long-term condition.  Many experience feelings of isolation and loneliness, as stepping out can prove difficult.  This can lead to feelings of low mood and even depression. The counselling service is here to support you.  The support is delivered by qualified counselling staff offering a non-clinical, confidential understanding and safe environment.  Your anonymity will be maintained, and all support will be tailored to your needs and requirements. You will be offered up to ten, one hourly sessions on either a weekly or fortnightly basis.  Whichever you would prefer. 

Referring is easy. You could either self-refer, a family member or friend can make it on your behalf with your consent or a staff member or other support personnel can make the referral for you. 

You will be offered either face to face at the new Pallion office or telephone support.  There is provision at Cecil Court at Langley Moor for face to face support, for those members living in the Durham area and are able to travel.  This would be discussed on enquiry.  The counselling support is free to all members, terms and conditions do apply. If you feel you may benefit from the service either now or in the future or would simply like to know more about it, please contact the office or other support staff. 

Jackie Kent MBACP (Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy)



The first mindfulness course took place on Friday 14th September.  It appeared to be a very enjoyable experience for many of those who took part. Organisations such as The NHS are recognising Mindfulness as a great tool to aid the fight against low mood and even depression in this chaotic world we live in today.  Its aim is to teach methods of relaxation and self-awareness in order to promote better feelings of personal wellbeing. 

If this is something you would be interested in taking part in, please contact the office on 0191 567 3939.