Counselling offers a regular space and time to talk or think about your worries or difficulties. It helps to explore your feelings and looks at how you may wish to change things in your life.
You may choose to use counselling for:
Types of difficulties may include:
...or any other issues that are troubling you.
Counselling is a confidential service. We will not share your personal information with anyone without to anyone your consent. The only exception to this is if you, or someone else, are at risk of significant harm. Our counsellors may also discuss their counselling work with their clinic supervisor to ensure high standards are maintained. This is considered best practice.
Therapy is a way to explore difficulties and problems objectively. It will take place within the context of a supportive, trusting relationship with a specially trained therapist, working alongside you to develop goals towards finding your own path forward.
During the first session, your therapist will negotiate a confidential contract with you. He/she will encourage you to discuss your difficulties and expectations. Therapists are trained in a variety of approaches and techniques, used to assist their work with you.
The service is able to cater for clients of all ages, including children, young people and adults. Our service is mainly run by postgraduate student counsellors and psychotherapists. We offer four different types of therapy within the service, as well as specific approaches to working with children and young people. Below is a summary of each therapeutic approach we use, but for more information, please click on the relevant links found within each heading.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a talking therapy that has been proven to help with a wide range of difficulties. CBT looks at our thoughts, feelings and behaviours and how these are linked; the way we feel is affected by the way we think and behave. Problems are broken down into smaller parts so that we can disrupt the negative cycles we find ourselves stuck in. This means we can start to break things down and understand what can sometimes feel like overwhelming problems or emotions. More specifically, the therapist and client work together in changing behaviours, or thinking patterns, or both.
Integrative counselling and psychotherapy is a type of talking therapy that recognises that people are diverse and complex, so that it may be helpful for a therapist to draw on more than one counselling approach, in order to meet the individual needs of each client. Research evidence suggests that it is primarily the relationship formed between therapist and client that has the most positive influence on whether having therapy is successful. So, a strong emphasis is placed on building a trusting therapeutic relationship with you, in order to have a firm foundation for the work you do together. Once you and your therapist have had a chance to understand the issues that have brought you to counselling, he or she will discuss with you how you might work together to address your concerns.
Art psychotherapy is a psychological therapy available to those who may find verbal therapy and expression difficult to access or not enough. Arts-based materials, tools and resources are used in this therapeutic approach as its primary mode of expression and communication. Within this context, art is not used as diagnostic tool but as a medium to address issues relating to emotional, psychological and physical health and well-being. Art psychotherapy is provided in groups or individually, depending on clients' needs. It is not a recreational activity or an art lesson, although the sessions are often enjoyable. Clients do not need to have any previous experience or expertise in creativity and art making.
In music therapy, people work with a wide range of accessible instruments and their voices to create music that reflects their emotional and physical condition. This enables them to build connections with themselves and others musically. Talking about the music and the personal challenges they are facing is also part of a session. In addition to this, therapists are able to work receptively, with music and songs that you connect with and use it as a springboard to explore your difficulties, and enable you to create your own songs that tell your own stories. No musical knowledge is needed to access music therapy.
Counsellors who work with young people have mostly completed a specialist training in working with this client group in addition to their own initial training. They come from a variety of modalities which include verbal therapies and also art psychotherapy and music therapy, but have been taught the Geldard and Geldard Proactive model which is a way of working with young people in three stages: joining, assessing and addressing. This model encompasses adolescent communication skills, creative and symbolic strategies and is rooted in existentialist and social constructionist philosophy. They have an in depth understanding of child and adolescent development as well as a range of specific legal, ethical and mental health issues and ensure that they offer a reparative relationship, based in attachment and neuroscientific theories at the core of their work.
Our clients' feedback is important to us - it helps inform us about how clients found the service and enables us to shape the service going forward. Below is some of the feedback about previous clients' experiences within the service:
You can refer yourself or you can ask your GP or other professional organisation to refer you on your behalf. You may either call the number above, or complete our referral form below. Once completed, a member of the team will respond within 72 hours.
The service offers both a funded and reduced cost paying service. The criteria to be eligible to access our funded service is below:
Individual therapy lasts for an hour and appointments take place at the same time each week. Payments will be taken prior to each appointment. If you are unable to attend a therapy session, please let us know before 24 hours before your appointment.
Your information is important to us. To access our Privacy Notice, please read the Privacy Notice (Adults)to find out what we do with your information.
For all enquiries relating to USWTherapy, including information on how to refer, please contact the Administration Team. You can do this by emailing the service, or contacting us by phone:
If you are unhappy about any area of your counselling or psychotherapy or accessing the service we would like to know so that we can deal with it as soon as possible.
If you are currently accessing the service you can ask to speak to the receptionist in private before or after your session. If you would prefer to speak to us another way you can call us on 07825 192 605 or email the Service Manager. We will do our best to respond as soon as possible.
You can find a copy of our full policy here.
The clinic is located in the Main building, room A21 in the City Campus of the University of South Wales. Please see the maps below for further details about finding USWTherapy:
University of South Wales
If you are travelling by Bus:
The Newport City Campus is easily accessible by public transport is located opposite the Newport Leisure Centre, and a few minutes walk from the Newport Bus Station. Please refer to the Newport bus website www.newportbus.co.uk for timetable information.
Please note that there is no parking on site.