Why Take A Step?

Some areas brought to therapy may involve low self-esteem and confidence, relationship problems, sexuality and gender issues, anxiety, depression, work-related stress, bereavement, loss and abuse.

We are not here to sit you down and tell you what to do. We will try to help you understand yourself better and the way you think, which will ultimately help you develop a clearer understanding of your problems. We offer a wide range of counselling approaches to suit your individual needs, led by professional, experienced therapists.

We truly believe that life enhancing changes could be made as a result of effective counselling.

We understand that making the decision to come to counselling can be a daunting prospect, which is why we also offer a telephone and Skype service. Our phone therapy service has proved to be a better option for some people, especially for those who can’t get to a therapist’s office due to not having regular transport, or not being able to take time off work or be away from their families.

In addition, a person suffering from depression may simply not be capable of getting themselves to see the therapist on a regular basis. One of the symptoms of depression, of course, is that people lose motivation. It’s hard for them to do the things they are supposed to do. Showing up for appointments is one of those things.

Now With Telephone and Skype Counselling

We are delighted to offer telephone and Skype counselling, as we feel this offers a more relaxed way for people to talk freely from the comfort of their own home, or workplace, during their lunch break.

Sometimes, especially in couples counselling, people can find it a little ‘embarrassing’ to sit in front of a counsellor and talk through their relationship issues.

From time to time my face-to-face clients use Skype with me when, for example, they are away due to work commitments, or when childcare/disability is an issue. This can also be a great option whilst you’re away on holiday, should the need arise.

Payments are easily made through internet banking, since bank transfers are so easy to do, or simply use PayPal to make your payment online.

Please note that Take A Step Counselling Service is not an emergency service.

Emergency Contacts:

If you are feeling distressed or suicidal, there are services available to help you immediately. If you feel at risk of harm to yourself, or if you are concerned about someone else, please go to your nearest hospital or call the emergency services on 999.

Other contacts:

General Practitioner: Request an emergency appointment. If you are not registered with a doctor in your area, you can attend your nearest NHS Walk-in Centre or contact the NHS Out of Hours Medical Service on 111, available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.

Samaritans: Help for suicidal thoughts –

If you’re feeling like you want to die, it’s important to tell someone.

Help and support is available right now if you need it. You don’t have to struggle with difficult feelings alone.

Phone a helpline.

These FREE helplines are there to help when you’re feeling down or desperate. Call 116 123.

Take A Step is a member of HiCLG