What is Counselling?

Counselling is a confidential helping activity whereby through the use of active listening you  are empowered to help yourself, face your issues and develop strategies for coping with them.

Who can access Counselling?

The short answer, is anyone and everyone.  We currently take clients from any age or  gender or indeed any background at all.

What type of Counselling do we offer?

Currently we offer a mixture of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Person Centred Therapy, as well as some Psychodynamic and Gestalt Therapies.

Is there an initial assessment?

Yes, all of our clients are fully assessed before counselling commences.  This is to make sure that counselling is the right choice for you and also to ensure that your therapeutic journey with us is as safe and effective as it can be.  The initial assessment is done as part of the first appointment and usually consists of paperwork and you getting to know your therapist.

Can I self refer?

Yes!  Darlington ARQ accepts referrals from individuals, GP surgeries, health care clinics, and pretty much from anyone and anywhere.  The process is simple, simply talk to a member of staff, or complete and return a referral form.  Following this, the first appointment is given within one week of first contact.

Is there a cost?

Yes – please click here to see our scale of charges.

So, I want to get started, how can I do this?

The easiest way is to talk to can complete one of our referral forms  here and return it to us and we will get in touch with you to the process.