York Women’s Counselling (YWC) provides a counselling service for women in York and surrounding areas who are experiencing difficulties as a result of current or past emotional stress and trauma.
Our aim is to provide an atmosphere of trust, safety and support within which the client may explore her problems and concerns, and, through increasing her awareness, move towards making informed choices and finding effective coping strategies in her own life. Our counsellors will respect the autonomy of the client and her ability to make her own decisions; counsellors will not give advice unless it is requested.
YWC maintains effective links with agencies that may refer clients, and, in turn, provides information about other agencies and will refer clients to them, if appropriate.
Clients are asked to make a regular contribution towards our running costs.
Our aim is to continuously evaluate the service we offer, and to this end we value client feedback. This enables us to make any changes necessary to improve our service.
Suggested Voluntary Contributions
All our Counsellors are volunteers who give their time freely to the organisation.
They come from many different backgrounds with widely varied experiences.
All our Volunteers are members of the BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) and they all adhere to the Ethical Framework of the BACP.
Whilst the majority of our Counsellors are qualified and experienced, we also offer placement opportunities to a small number of trainee Counsellors who meet certain prerequisite requirements.
You will be informed if your Counsellor is a trainee.
York Women’s Counselling (YWC) is a registered charity. One of our main aims is to provide a service for women who are unable to pay for private counselling. Although our Counsellors are not paid for their time, we do need to pay for supervision costs, administration, room rental, utilities, creative materials, and books for our library, etc.
We receive no state funding and raise all our income ourselves. We rely on donations from our clients, grants from charities and general fundraising by our Counsellors.
Having been accepted for counselling at YWC, we ask all our clients to commit to making a regular contribution towards our costs.
If clients have to cancel an appointment, we ask for a minimum of 24 hours’ notice. Any missed appointments count as part of your session allowance and must be paid for.
We have outlined below a suggested contribution:
Suggested Weekly Session Contribution
Part time employment £25.00
All rates are reviewed annually.
It is important that all clients make a regular financial contribution to YWC. Without such support we cannot continue to provide our service.
What is Counselling?
• Counselling offers you the opportunity to talk to someone in a safe environment and have time and space to focus on the issues in your life you want to deal with.
• It can enable you to gain insight and perspective on aspects in your life that you might want to change, learn to adapt to or accept.
• Counselling can allow you to move on in your life, letting go of things that trouble you and enabling you to realise your potential in ways that are important to you.
What is Dramatherapy?
Dramatherapy uses metaphor to offer a safe space in which difficult issues can be looked at without being threatening and without causing further trauma.Although Dramatherapy is a psychological therapy, it is used and accessed by people in a whole range of settings, such as:
Mental Health Settings
NHS & Private Hospitals
Adult Care Homes
Clients within a Dramatherapy session have access to a whole range of tools to support them and enable them when exploring thoughts and feelings, such as; play, imagery, materials, stories, drawing , poetry and text, art activities, music, role play, improvisation, mask work, movement, puppetry.
To provide quality Counselling to women in York and the surrounding areas, regardless of their ability to pay