FAQ's

What kind of counselling do you do?
We offer counselling on a one-to-one basis, group work, couples, family counseling, employment counselling and practical support. We use a range of approaches, which will be discussed at your initial consultation.

Can I refer myself?
All our services are self referral.

How much choice will I have regarding which counsellor I see?
We aim to give as much choice as possible regarding gender, ethnic origin and age of counsellor. However, the more specific your requirements, the longer you may have to wait for an appointment.

What will happen once I have made an initial contact?
We will talk with you to ascertain your needs and see how best we can meet them. You will then be referred to the most relevant service for you.

How many sessions will I get?
If, after an initial consultation, you decide that counselling at PACE is right for you, you will be offered up to twelve 50-minute sessions on a weekly basis.

What is your theoretical orientation?
Our counsellors come from a range of theoretical backgrounds and orientations. If there is one that you would particularly like to work with, please mention this when making your initial consultation.

Am I too young to use your counselling service?
No. In conjunction with our counselling service, we also have a specific counselling service for people who are under 18 years old. You can also access one-to-one advice and support through PACE Youth Network.

Do I have to stop using before I come to see a drugs and alcohol counsellor?
No. You can come to see a drugs and alcohol counsellor if you are concerned about your drug/alcohol use and your mental health. You can either be aiming for abstinence or already abstinent.