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What is Counselling?


Counselling, also known as talking therapies, is an opportunity to talk about difficult issues and situations, exploring your thoughts and feelings about them in a safe and confidential environment, with a trained professional who will listen in an accepting and non-judgmental way.

Counselling allows you to look at those areas in your life that are causing you distress, recognise how to manage the distress internally and what external support you may need. The counsellor will not give you advice, or act for you, but may suggest other sources of professional help.

We offer a number of different types of talking therapies, including Person-Centred Counselling, Relational and Psychotherapeutic approaches, Gestalt, Humanistic-Integrative, Solution-Focused, CBT, Transactional Analysis and creative therapies. 

The types of issues that clients typically bring to counselling include:





Disability/Chronic Ill-health



Significant Life Changes

Work-related Stress

However, counselling is not considered suitable for everyone. To ensure we can provide you the support you need we aim to provide clients with an initial assessment appointment within 28 days of receiving a referral. We offer different types of therapy which we explain below.  


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What is EMDR?

EMDR or Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing was originally developed to treat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It is recommended by NICE as one of two methods of treatment for this disorder. It has since been found to be beneficial in the treatment of a variety of other issues which involve feelings of anxiety. 

EMDR treatment involves using eye movements or sometimes other types of bilateral stimulation such as thera-tappers, alongside more traditional talking therapy. 

EMDR helps people to process the unwanted images, emotions, beliefs and somatic (physical) sensations associated with traumatic memories that have got stuck, leading to a range of mental health problems.  EMDR helps them to see things from a different perspective, as well as reducing or eliminating the distressing trauma symptoms.

We also offer EMDR treatment in Malton and Scarborough as part of our chargeable Options service. Sessions can last up to an hour and a half and cost £60 per session.


What is Psychosexual Therapy? 

Psychosexual therapy is an integrative approach which combines talking therapy with behavioural therapy. It can take place on an individual basis or with a partner. It will involve an assessment of the sexual issue (including any associated medical factors) whilst exploring further how the relationship, sexual development and personal history may be affecting the sexual issue. Behavioural exercises may be discussed in the sessions, which will then be carried out at home to help the individual or couple address their sexual difficulties. The therapy takes place at a pace that suits you and is tailored to your needs.

Common issues are:

Low desire/differences in desire in a couple

Erectile Dysfunction

Premature Ejaculation

Delayed Ejaculation

Painful intercourse


Difficulty in achieving orgasm

For more information please contact us 


Confidentiality in counselling creates a space where the client can explore sensitive topics in the knowledge that the counsellor will not repeat what clients say unless there are exceptional circumstances. For the counsellor, maintaining confidentiality within certain limitations is an ethical responsibility, and it is part of what makes counselling different from other relationships.
​Community Counselling will only break confidentiality if:  


  • The client gives consent in writing for the confidence to be broken

  • Community Counselling is compelled by a court of law or in order to safeguard a child

  • Information relates to the prevention or detection of serious crime

  • The client is a danger to him/herself or to others, or where someone else is believed to be at risk of serious harm

Community Counselling have a Confidentiality Policy which we can share with clients 

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