BEFRIENDING, COUNSELLING or PSYCHOTHERAPY?
Why Suffer in Silence?
A FREE SERVICE... for Crisis listening. Also Volunteers on placement for Befriending and Counselling:
BUS-STOP offers a FREE Drop-In Service to the general public, some who may be suffering from Stress or Upset and just need to talk to someone and be heard. We offer a listening ear to those who need to offload and perhaps share their grief, or sadness, or worries.
Part of the BUS-STOP service is a FREE service!!!
We rely on Charitable Donations to keep the service operating. And as a Charitable organisation, it is manned mainly by volunteer student counsellors, and occasionally by qualified counsellors.
This is considered to be Crisis Listening, or Emotional Support and it is called simply Befriending or medium term (average up to 6 weeks) Counselling, carried out by our students. This Drop-In and Counselling Service is a completely Free service. However, this free crisis listening part of the service at the Minibus is not really 'in depth counselling'. Please read on...
'Counselling & Psychotherapy' is usually offered on a regular weekly basis and will often run for more than 6 weeks, to address specifically deeper seated issues.
For deeper longer term Counselling or Psychotherapy you will need to be in a formal contract with a mature student or qualified counsellor/therapist. Alternatively, you may need to be referred by our service to a specialist or at least an advanced counsellor.
DEEPER CONTRACT COUNSELLING at with our trainee counsellors, psychologists, etc:-
This is 'NOT FREE' but it is still low cost and requires a formal agreement which is by referral and supervised at all times. This is also financially 'means' tested, (depends on your income or lack of it) which will suit everyone's pocket and not be a hurdle to get help.
With regard to the Drop-In Service on the Minibus, we will not turn anyone away for financial reasons, though we do expect a minimum donation of at least £5 per session; to help cover our vehicle roadworthiness and our legal and office administration costs for this charitable organisation.
Talk to a qualified Counsellor at the BUS-STOP service for more details of our contracted service, or referral system to private therapists, or ask for a pamphlet outlining our BUS-STOP services to the general public when you attend.
BUS-STOP is a Community Interest Company.
We are a not-for-profit Limited Company.