how can we help?
Footsteps Counselling & Care’s main area of support is in providing counselling for anyone in the Gloucestershire area affected by pregnancy-related issues, including the loss of a baby for any reason and at any time and those struggling with other pregnancy-related issues, including fertility problems and postnatal depression.
All of these issues and many more are difficult to discuss and often people are left to struggle through life without the help and support they need and deserve. Counselling can provide a sense of safety in a neutral place with someone who understands, enabling people to safely explore their feelings and emotions around their sadness and grief. This can provide a great sense of release, allowing some healing and the strength to move on. Feeling listened to, understood and accepted can be very powerful and therapeutic.
How can counselling help?
Our experience has shown that people who are struggling to come to terms with a loss such as miscarriage or stillbirth have found that being able to talk about them in a safe space has helped them with the grieving process. 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?
How do I refer for counselling?
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How can I get involved?
Are you open during the pandemic?
Our charity shop is open too, visit our shop page to find out our opening hours and how to donate items for sale.
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. Our counsellors do not offer opinions, advice or guidance.
Claire Bosworth is a trustee for Footsteps Counselling & Care alongside her career working in Insurance & Risk for a leading consulting engineering firm, Hoare Lea. Back in November, The Sunday Times published an article on Why Covid stress or a miscarriage...
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