Counselling for Carers

Family Tree Wirral’s counselling service — set up in 2014 with a short-term grant — has received the backing of the Lloyds Bank Foundation to run the service for two more years.

The service is provided by three sessional counsellors, Helen Hunt, Eileen Doyle and Jo Breese who between them have worked with over 50 over the past twelve months.

Carers and other family members of people experiencing mental ill-health can refer themselves to the service, or local professionals working with families can make the referral.

Sessions (which are free and confidential) are usually held at the Stein Centre at St Catherine’s Hospital on Thursdays and Fridays.  Occasionally, arrangements can been made to see clients in other venues.

What is counselling?

Counselling is a type of talking therapy that allows a person to talk about their problems and feelings in a confidential and dependable environment.

A counsellor is trained to listen with empathy (by putting themselves in your shoes). They can help you deal with any negative thoughts and feelings you have.

It can help if you have any worries or anxieties that get in the way of your caring role, or if you have recently suffered a bereavement or change in your role.

To arrange an appointment with a Family Tree counsellor, please ring us on 0151 488 8159 or e-mail paul.etherington@cwp.nhs.uk

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