Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Counselling Service at BDRC


P R E S S R E L E A S E


For immediate publication – 20th May 2009

COUNSELLING SERVICE REACHES OUT TO CARERS AND DISABLED PEOPLE

A counselling service based at Birmingham Disability Resource Centre is inviting local disabled people and carers to book in for a series of completely free sessions with accredited counsellors.

People who are experiencing depression, anxiety and similar emotions on an ongoing basis are being invited to call the Centre to request an introductory and completely confidential session provided by one of two counsellors, one of whom is male and one female. Both of the counsellors are experienced in working with disabled people and the Centre is fully accessible.

People calling the Centre will be offered an initial session where they can talk freely about the pressures affecting them and may then be invited to return for a series of sessions with their counsellor. An average number of sessions is between 4 and 5 sessions, but counsellors operate with flexibility based upon the needs of an individual. Sessions typically last for one hour and home visits can be arranged in exceptional circumstances.

The Centre’s Information Manager, Pete Millington said:

“In these difficult economic times, many people are feeling under pressure and there is bound to be a general increase in feelings of depression and anxiety right across the whole population. People with added health problems or intensive caring responsibilities are even more likely to feel under emotional strain from time to time. There should not be a taboo about seeking support and we believe that our trained counsellors can offer a listening ear within an environment of confidentiality, understanding, respect and unconditional acceptance”.

“It’s a great service to be able to offer to disabled people and carers across Birmingham and it’s completely free to the individual. We view this service as being as equally natural for people to use as our other support services, such as helping people with welfare benefits, supporting them to find work or training people about disability equality. It’s a very supportive and sensitive service which is externally supervised by clinical professionals and people who have used the service have reported great personal benefits”.

To access the counselling service, please telephone or visit the Centre. Details will then be passed on to the counsellors for an assessment of needs.

Telephone: 0121 789 7365
Minicom: 0121 789 9230
E-mail: bdrc@disability.co.uk





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Editors Note

BDRC is a forward thinking Birmingham based charitable company, leading on disability issues & providing a wide range of resources for disabled people, carers, families, employers and professionals.

For further details about the press release, please contact:-

Pete Millington

Information and PR Manager

BDRC

Bierton Road

Yardley

Birmingham B24 8PQ

Tel: 0121 789 7365

Fax 0121 785 0104

E-mail bdrc@disability.co.uk

20th May 2009

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