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How can counselling help?


Counselling can help if you are:

  • suffering from anxiety, panic attacks or depression
  • feeling confused and unable to cope or lack confidence
  • having difficulties within personal or family relationships
  • experiencing any kind of loss, bereavement or trauma
  • facing a problem which is hard to talk about or resolve
  • experiencing stress or problems related to your work


We understand that counselling is probably a new experience for most people. We provide a safe place to talk, to a skilled counsellor, who will listen and help you understand how past experiences, worries about the future, or lack of self-confidence may be affecting your life. Counselling will help you reflect on how you respond to events and explore the way you deal with relationships.

You can bring thoughts and feelings which you may not feel able to share with friends or family. Your counsellor will not tell you what to do, or give advice or guidance but will help you to make your own choices. Information regarding the services we provide for couples, children and families and young people is contained in separate leaflets –

Is the counselling confidential?

We provide a confidential setting in all our venues. You are free to talk safely, without fear of rejection, criticism or blame. The confidentiality of the relationship between GCS and those seeking counselling is fully protected within current legislation.

Starting counselling

On contacting the Service you will be asked to complete a Registration Form and questionnaire. When we receive these with the Registration Fee we will contact you to arrange an assessment at one of our venues. You can 'apply online' - see link below. Please note we operate an ‘appointments only’ system and cannot see anyone who ‘drops in’.

Apply Online

The initial Assessment

Initial Assessment appointments are usually available within a week of registration.

How soon will I be seen?

If you are able to be flexible on times and days you would be available,  we would hope to allocate you within 2 - 4 weeks. These timescales may vary due to demand on the Service.

British Psychoanalytic Council

GCS specialises in providing counselling and training of counsellors to professional standards. GCS was established in 1980 and has over 60 counsellors offering high quality affordable, counselling to the community of Gloucestershire in venues across the county including Stroud, Gloucester, Cheltenham, Tewkesbury and Cirencester. All our counsellors are supervised and managed within GCS and work within the BACP ethical framework. Some of our counsellors are counsellors in training; they work to the same standards as our qualified counsellors.