The Helen Kegie Centre


The Helen Kegie Centre for Therapies is a brand new, modern and purpose built suite of rooms designed for the integrated use of both course delivery and externally contracted delivery of counselling and psychotherapy. It is based on the ground floor of the USW City riverside campus in Newport which offers an ideally located and accessible venue for all purposes.  

It comprises a counselling suite of five one to one counselling rooms as well as a family/play therapy room, two music therapy rooms and two art therapy rooms. This allows for a wider range of psychotherapeutic interventions to be delivered in appropriately resourced rooms. These include art psychotherapy, music therapy, integrative and cognitive behaviour therapy, systemic family and play therapy. We also offer other innovative interventions such as GIM, Singing for Breathing, EMDR and MBCT/MBSR for groups, in these rooms.

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Helen Kegie

The late Helen Kegie was a former Assistant Director of the Residential and Day care Social Services Department, Monmouthshire. Previously occupying posts including an Assistant Children’s Officer and a County Children’s Officer, Helen’s contribution to the field of social work was recognised with an MBE in 1997. Helen was a longstanding supporter of the University and was made an Honorary Fellow of the University of Wales, Newport.

 Helen’s philanthropy in life was tangible through the longstanding bursary she established aimed at supporting individuals from low income backgrounds to access education, specifically in the disciplines of Social Work, Youth Work and Early Years. The Helen Kegie Fund continues today and supports both undergraduate and postgraduate students. Helen’s commitment to the cause continues in her passing, as she made generous provision in her Will to ensure the endowment fund continues in perpetuity. In addition, her generosity has allowed the University to put forward monies as part of a larger funding bid, it would otherwise not be able to do so, to help deliver operations for The South Wales Counselling and Psychotherapy (SWCAP) Service.

 The University of South Wales’ newly formed centre of excellence in therapeutic training and delivery is named The Helen Kegie Centre for Therapies in her honour.

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USW Therapy Clinic

Our clinic is accessed via a reception area which is just inside the Riverside entrance to the campus and is signposted as the Helen Kegie Centre for Therapies. This reception area has dedicated administrative staff and a waiting area. All clients and public users of the service are directed here in the first instance. The corridors opposite and on the floor above house the various therapy rooms.

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Counselling Rooms

There are five dedicated counselling rooms adjoining the play therapy room. These are all bespoke rooms which are furnished with comfortable chairs and/or sofas and decorated to provide a calm and peaceful environment. The largest of these five rooms is also used as an assessment room or for couples/families.

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Art Therapy Studios

We have two dedicated art therapy studios fully equipped with resources for wet and dry use. These include art and craft materials, clay, paints, a sink in each room and various other resources. Both these rooms can be used for individual or group therapy with clients from a wide range of backgrounds and for those who prefer non-verbal interventions.

These rooms can also be used for training, including introduction to art therapy courses, CPD and consultancy work, as well as for counselling with young people. Confidential and lockable storage facilities are available alongside these rooms for the safe storage of 2D and 3D client work.

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Music Therapy Rooms

We have two music therapy rooms which are fully resourced for several therapeutic uses. Each room has a piano and access to a diverse set of musical instruments for use by clients and practitioners. There is also a PC and screen for training purposes.

In these rooms we can offer individual and group therapy as well as GIM (Guided Imagery in Music) and Singing for Breathing - a new and unique service for those with breathing difficulties, set up in conjunction with the British Lung Foundation.

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Family / Play Therapy Room

We have a dedicated play therapy/ family room with a full range of specialist resources for use with younger children who need play therapy or counselling. This room is used by our therapists, including the Community delivery for Newport Independent School Based Counselling. It can also be used for training, CPD and consultancy purposes. an adjoining assessment room can be used for child and family consultations.

Campus Facilities

We have access to a wide range of rooms on the campus which can be used for bespoke and generic training and CPD courses. These are all modern, state-of-the-art teaching rooms. All of the Kegie Centre rooms can also be used for bespoke training and CPD events and can also be hired out for specific events.