Counselling is available from the Centre to anyone affected by a neurological conditions we support at the centre.

Sam Wheeler, our qualified Counsellor is there to listen and help you find ways to deal with emotional issues.

The service is a confidential talking therapy which involves you talking through your personal problems and working with Sam to address them in a positive and productive way. She can help you to clarify the issues which are causing you emotional stress, explore options, develop coping strategies and increase your self-awareness.

What can counselling help with?

Counselling can help you cope with:

  • A range of mental health issues, such as low mood, depression, anxiety or stress.
  • A change around your health such as new symptoms, new diagnosis, change in ability and changes within your role/identity.
  • A difficult life event such as bereavement, a relationship breakdown or work-related problems.
  • Difficult emotions – for example, low self-esteem, resentment, anger or frustration
  • Other issues, such as sexual identity, Covid 19 related struggles/changes.

What to expect from counselling

On your appointment, you'll be encouraged to talk about your feelings and emotions, Sam will listen and support you without judging or criticising. What you talk about is in confidence and this will be explained to you at the beginning of your first appointment.

Sam can help you gain a better understanding of your feelings and thought processes and help you find your own solutions to problems; but she won't usually give advice or tell you what to do. Although she can guide you through techniques and strategies to be able to manage your thoughts.

Counselling can take place:

  • On the telephone or on Zoom- You may be offered a single session of counselling or sessions over a few weeks or months. This will be assessed at the initial session. Each session lasts approximately 50 minutes;
  • face to face - You may be offered a single session of counselling, a short course of sessions over a few weeks or months, or a longer course that lasts for several months. Each session lasts approximately 50 minutes;
  • as part of a support group – we offer group support on Zoom for bereavement, Lewy Body Dementia and ME/Fibromyalgia.

It can take a number of sessions before you start to see progress, but you should gradually feel more in control of your situation, thoughts/feelings.

Listening Service

Sam and recruited member volunteers will soon be providing peer support to our members- providing them with a ‘Listening Ear’. Not everyone needs counselling, so for our members who may benefit from space to talk openly about how they feel, to trained volunteers who also have neurological conditions, then this service will be available from April 2021. More details to follow closer to the time.

Death Cafe

The objective of Death Café is to ‘increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives’. Sam will be running a Death Café on Zoom from the 25th Feb 2021. Death comes to us all and we all get affected by it. Whether it is our own death or death of our loved ones, whether we talk about it or not. The Death Café allows each and every one of us to increase our awareness of death with a view to making the most of our (finite) lives.

Sam is our qualified counsellor at the centre, and has many years of experience working with bereavement and talking about the subject of death.

The dates of the group are -

25th Feb 2021 1pm-2pm            22nd April 2021 11am-12pm

27th May 2021 1pm-2pm           15th July 2021 11am-12pm

Coping with Caring

Sam facilitates the Neuro Therapy Centre Coping with caring programme for the centre carer members and also delivered off site to NEWCIS carers. This is a weekly, 6 week programme to support carers within their caring role. More details on this are here

If you would like further information about our counselling service please contact the centre on 01244 678619 and ask for Sam Wheeler or email [email protected]