About 'Life Changes'
All Life Changes Trustees and counsellors are volunteers who give their time free-of-charge. Life Changes offers confidential, one-to-one counselling in the community.
'Life Changes' Community Counselling Service was founded to provide vitally-needed counselling for adults who might otherwise be excluded because of finance or shortfall in service provision. Life Changes offers confidential, one-to-one counselling in a non-medical, therapeutic environment.
Life Changes adopts an 'Integrative' approach to counselling. We support our counsellors in practising the approach which they feel is most appropriate. Client refer themselves to Life Changes – they may be recommended to do so by GPs, Social Workers etc, but make the contact themselves by phone or email.
We encourage our Clients to bring to counselling whatever issues they wish, we aren't judgemental and we don't give advice or attempt to provide a "cure". We respect our clients' ability to develop an understanding of their own issues. Most of all we provide 'active listening', which allow clients to feel they are being truly heard, often for the first time, which can be an intensely therapeutic experience.
Life Changes also works with a number of universities and colleges to provide supervised training placements to experienced counselling students, typically in the final stage of a degree or diploma. All counsellors are interviewed and assessed as fully competent to offer one-to-one counselling. They are members of the BACP (The British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy) and carry personal professional indemnity insurance in addition to Life Changes' own cover. Every counsellor receives supervision to at least the standard laid down by the BACP. In addition, Life Changes offers specialist training to its own counsellors and those of other counselling services.
Many of the counsellors have specific training to offer counselling to those who have experienced domestic volence. In this Life Changes has the support of the Hampshire Constabulary and the SCC Independent Domestic Violence Advisors.
Life Changes is an organisational member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy and supports and adheres to the BACP's Ethical Framework.
All clients will be asked to make a weekly donation towards the cost of their counselling. This donation will be discussed and agreed at the start of counselling and will take account of ability to pay.
If you have any queries about Life Changes please consult our Frequently Asked Questions section. If you can't find the answer you are looking for there, there is a facility to submit questions.
The Life Changes Management Board and their biographies