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Counselling

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.

 

Support Groups

We offer local support groups for issues related to pregnancy and loss.  Support groups allow you to share your story, express emotions and be heard in a place of acceptance and understanding.   Our groups are led by our experienced counselling team who will enable you to give and receive support from those that have been through similar issues.

Contact

Call us on 01452 308618, or contact us via our online contact form and one of our team will respond as soon as they can.

Other support

Other organisations offering support for pregnancy, fertility and birth related issues. Please see our directory for other providers of support.

Common questions

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?
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 your counsellor. 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 or a cheque to your counsellor each session, or by donating via PayPal. You can also find the link on our Facebook page
How do I refer for counselling?
We accept referrals from many organisations including bereavement midwives, health visitors, GPs, social workers, family support workers etc.

Anyone is very welcome to refer themselves to us too. Just give us a call on 01452 308618, email office@footstepscandc.org.uk or send us an enquiry via our contact form.

How can I donate to your work?
You can donate through Virgin Money Giving or our PayPal page. Please see our information on other ways to donate for further ideas.
How can I get involved?
We have a myriad of ways that you might like to be involved; from volunteering to clicking as you shop from home to raise funds. Have a look at our Volunteers page to see how you can help. Do let us know if you've got any other ideas though!
Are you open during the pandemic?
Our service is needed more than ever as people struggle without their support networks, attend appointments alone, and struggle with increased anxiety. In response, we have developed our service to include telephone and video counselling support. We do still offer some face to face sessions where regulations allow, and we have a rigorous covid safety procedure in place.

Our office team are mainly working from home and can be contacted by emailing office@footstepscandc.org.uk or by using the contact form.

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.

Other sources of support

Please see our support directory for other organisations that may be able to help

Our blog

Support articles

Snowdrops – a Baby Remembrance Ceremony

Snowdrops – a Baby Remembrance Ceremony

Our first ever annual Snowdrops event – a Baby Remembrance Ceremony took place on Thursday 14th October 2021 at the Barnwood Reading Room in Gloucester, as well as being streamed online via Facebook. You can watch the video of the ceremony here. The non-religious...

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New Support Groups

New Support Groups

Brand New Local Support Group for Pregnancy Related Issues At Footsteps Counselling & Care we are specialists in supporting people struggling with pregnancy related issues and loss. Our support has been provided through individual and couples counselling...

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Mental Health and Insurance

Mental Health and Insurance

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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Personal stories

To The Broken Mum

To The Broken Mum

Whilst dropping my husband off at work one morning I sat in the car with tears rolling down my cheeks. The baby had been awake all night, I hadn't slept for weeks and I had a whole day alone with my 3 month old baby. I sobbed all the way to his work and when it was...

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Loss and the impact on close relationships

Loss and the impact on close relationships

Grief has been explained to me in many ways. One picture that stays in my mind is the one where it simply starts at one stage, goes through many others and ends in another. If only it was that simple.... Next to this one, is what I think represents it in a better way,...

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You do not have to feel like you are alone

You do not have to feel like you are alone

People may think , oh all she ever goes on about is baby loss this baby loss that. Others may accept my passion for it , but not quite understand. I will try to explain . When I lost my boy, it was probably the most lonely time in my life. I felt that no one could...

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