Counselling and Therapies

Counselling and Therapies

What is counselling?

Counselling is a safe space for adults to talk about things that may have been troubling you for some time.

A counsellor works with you to understand any difficulties you may be having and helps you to see things more clearly.  This can help you make positives changes in your life or work through difficult or confused feelings.

Our therapists will not judge or advise you; they will help you work through your feelings and help you find your own way forward.

What is art therapy?

Art therapy is the use of art materials for self-expression and reflection in the presence of a trained art therapist.  You need not have experience or skill in art.  The art therapist is not primarily concerned with assessing your image! It can offer the expression of emotion using an art process.

Who can it benefit?

Art therapy can benefit everybody: children, teenagers and adults.

Who is it for?

Women, men and children who have experienced domestic abuse in the past or currently.

Come to our art therapy coffee morning on Fridays – 10.00 – 11.30. You don’t have to attend every week!

Our team

Team of volunteer and student counsellors offering counselling in a confidential, safe space to explore their issues.  Our counsellors range from psychodynamic, person-centred, integrative and CBT. Some counsellors are qualified volunteers and some are completing their training.

Art therapy for children and adults offered by a sessional art therapist and trainee art therapist. Our sessional therapist is a member of HCPC and BAAT. Our therapists abide by the BAAT code of ethics.

Holistic services:  Mindfulness & Medication and other holistic therapies from time to time are offered by volunteers and students.


Clients are invited to an assessment to see if they are ready to commit to the sessions for counselling or art therapy.

20 sessions are offered for counselling and 13 sessions for art therapy.

Counselling sessions are weekly at the same time for 1 hour.  Art sessions are weekly at the same time for 50 minutes.  You need to make sure you can commit to a time and day before starting.


Counsellors always discuss their work with a supervisor but maintain confidentiality.  They would only share information about you outside of the organisation with your permission or if you or someone else is at risk.

Waiting list is 3-6 months but can be considerably less if clients have flexible availability.

The Elm Foundation is a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and we abide by its code of ethics. It is overseen by a qualified counsellor and strives to achieve high standards of service for all clients.


Here’s what clients have said about counselling & art therapy.

“Safe space to explore”                  “Lovely people”                 “Recommended”              “Excellent”

“Very worthwhile”                           Better understand of DV”             “I was not judged”

“Calm, comforting & trusting”    “Patient, considerate”    “Helped with boundaries & relationship”

“Empathy & Support”    “Lots of space for my feelings”    “Kept me focused” “It changed my life”

“I feel good about myself”            “Yes, I would recommend this service”. “Go and get help, its excellent”     “I don’t get so angry at school”               “I get on better with my sister”


For more information or to refer yourselves or a client to our therapeutic services, please call 01246 540464 and ask for Sadie Betts. Alternatively, you can email