footsteps counselling & care
Footsteps Counselling & Care is a charitable organisation offering compassionate counselling and care for anyone in the Gloucestershire area affected by pregnancy-related issues, the loss of a baby for any reason, traumatic birth, fertility problems and pregnancy-related mental health issues.
Our vision is that anyone affected by fertility or pregnancy-related issues, traumatic birth or baby loss can access compassionate personalised support on the journey of coping with their traumatic experiences.
We can provide dedicated one to one or couples counselling support to anyone in Gloucestershire struggling with pregnancy-related issues or loss. We do not charge for our counselling service.
What we do
Talking to a counsellor
Counselling offers people a chance to talk through issues and problems that are having an impact on their life in a safe, neutral environment. Our counsellors will not make any assumptions or judgements about you as a person or about what you share with them. They will help you to explore what is happening to you and support you to find ways of moving forwards.
How can we help?
We provide counselling support. Our experience has shown that people who are struggling to come to terms with a difficult situation or a loss have found that being able to talk in a safe space has helped them to process what they're going through. Before starting counselling we ask new clients to attend an initial assessment session which gives you an opportunity to find out more about Footsteps Counselling & Care and how counselling might be of help.
Is there a waiting list?
We do have a waiting list. Due to the nature of our work it is hard to know how long the wait will be. If we put you on our list we will see you as soon as we possibly can and let you know roughly how long that wait will be.
How many sessions can I have?
At this time we are able to offer you up to 12 counselling sessions. This is to enable us to minimise the waiting time for our service. Of course, you can come for less than 12 sessions, and should you find you need more than 12, your counsellor will explain what your options are.
What is the cost of our services?
Our counselling is free to those that need it, however, to help to cover our costs we ask that clients make a donation per session if they can. You can agree an amount with us before you start. We never turn away anyone away if they are unable to make a donation. You can donate towards the cost of our service by giving cash to your counsellor each session, or by donating via Givey, Paypal, Facebook donate button or bank transfer.
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What is counselling?
Counselling is a talking therapy, it provides a safe, non-judgemental and confidential space for you to talk to a trained professional about your issues and concerns. Your counsellor will help you explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviours so you can develop a better understanding of yourself and of others.
Your counsellor will not give you their opinions or advice. They will help you find your own solutions – whether that’s making effective changes in your life or finding ways of coping with your problems.
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Ways to donate
Ways to volunteer
People choose to volunteer for a variety of reasons. For some it offers the chance to give something back to the community or make a difference to the people around them. For others it provides an opportunity to develop new skills or build on existing experience and knowledge. It is a great way to meet new people and have fun too!
We are currently looking for retail assistants, administrative support and qualified counsellors but we are always more than happy to hear from anyone that has a skill or idea that could help our charity, do get in touch
The Trustees are deeply saddened and disappointed to announce the closure of Footsteps Counselling and Care. We express our gratitude to all those who have devoted their time, money and support through our journey for good.
If you are currently in need of support, please do visit our Support Directory