COUNSELLING AT CHRISTMAS
We know Christmas can be a tricky time of year for some people, so we are offering telephone support over the festive period, while our offices are closed between 1pm on 24th Dec - 9am on 5th Jan. You can call 874738 on the following days to speak to one of our counsellors. If you get the answering machine, leave a message and we will get back to you.
Cover will be available on:
- Christmas Day 9am - 12pm
- 26th Dec 9am- 3pm
- 27th Dec 9am - 3pm
- 31st Dec 9am - 3pm
- 1st Jan 9am - 3pm
Outwith those hours you can call the Samaritans on 116 123 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call NHS 24 on 111.
WHY SHOULD YOU TALK TO A COUNSELLOR?
You may find yourself unable to talk to a close friend or relative about your situation. This is a natural reaction. Perhaps you should consider talking to a counsellor in confidence. There are several advantages in doing this:
- The counsellor will not be personally involved with you or your partner and can therefore take an objective view of the situation.
- Just talking to someone who has the time to listen to you can help to relieve you of some of the burden of any worries you may have.
- The counsellor has been trained in helping people who are suffering as the result of either their own or someone else’s drinking and may be in a position to offer the assistance you require.
HOW DO WE OPERATE?
We operate from discreet, but easily accessible premises in Bridge Street Wynd, Kirkwall. The atmosphere is relaxed, friendly and informal. Counselling is carried out on a one-to-one basis and is confidential. There are only two people in the room: you and the counsellor. There is no one else present unless you choose to bring someone else along with you.
We can often offer appointments in Stromness, Hoy, Sanday, or Stronsay.
You may contact us by phone, make an appointment, speak to a counsellor, or just drop in. Outside office hours, there is an answer phone service - you may wish to leave a phone number or an address at which you can be contacted. Appointments can be arranged for evenings and weekends. Remember the service is free and confidential.