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Get To Know Us
Willows was established in 1989 to train counsellors and in 1995 we became a counselling and training service. In 2016 we began conducting research to support and enrich our counselling and training.
We are committed to providing professional and effective counselling and seek to reach those in greatest need. Our aim is to offer you a warm and caring service where you can build a trusting therapeutic relationship so that you can explore the difficulties you are experiencing and help you lead a more fulfilled life.
Our Training courses are nationally recognised and are designed to take students through to becoming a qualified counsellor who is equipped to provide ethical and professional counselling.
The research we undertake enables us to keep refining our counselling and training and has been fundamental in developing new ways of working.
Willows integrative approach in counselling training can best be described as being based upon person centred principals and drawing upon psychodynamic insights, using both cognitive behavioural and creative methods within a transpersonal world view that is Christian in values.
Our approach recognises attachment theory as the bases of understanding human development and seeks to incorporate the latest understanding on the role of the brain, body and nervous system in recovery. Willows model of counselling seeks to take a holistic view of human functioning.
These insights and approaches are incorporated into Willows training. At each level of training the place of faith, belief and spirituality is also considered. Whist these are recognised as resources that can make a significant difference in recovery, training also focuses on integrating, faith and spirituality “with integrity” in the task of counselling, and where it is appropriate and required by clients.
Willows Counselling Service is an organisational member of both the Association of Christian Counsellors (ACC) and the National Counselling Society (NCP), and works to both frameworks of ethics and practice.
Faith basis of Willows
Our Christian ethos is very important to Willows. This means that we believe everyone is created equal, is unique and will be treated with grace, not judgement.
We aim to act with truth and integrity. In essence we endeavour to show love.
We do not provide healing ministry or prayer, nor do we train in Biblical counselling. However all our training and counselling is underpinned by a Christian worldview and the importance of spirituality as a potential resource.