Counselling for Christians Specialist Service – an optional facility available through the Just Talk Campaign-Ubuntu ‘Collective community working together’.
Natalie Wiggins has over 5 years’ experience of training and working in counselling and psychotherapy, and many more of working in various supportive roles with adults, couples, parents, children and young people in the community. Natalie is a qualified psychotherapeutic counsellor who has completed a degree in Integrative Counselling at the University of Suffolk. Natalie has undertaken various additional training including that related to spirituality, meaning she is a specialist Christian faith Counsellor to those that require this additional service. Natalie works with those of any religious belief or none, and she is a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.
Natalie’s passion is for serving the community through her relationally-focused, client-led work with people of a variety of ages. Her focus is to offer services that are holistic and therefore encompass acknowledgement of mind, body and soul; meeting clients’ needs through working with an individual’s unique requirements and tailor-making a bespoke way of working with each person.
Christian Counselling Values
When Jesus was asked ‘what is the greatest commandment?’ he answered, ‘Love the Lord God with all your heart, soul and mind, and the second is love one another as you love yourself.’ (Matthew 22 v 36-40):
These are fundamental principles and they demonstrate the emphasis in Christian values on healthy psychological relationships with God, others and self. Based on this our values within this specialist counselling service include:
-Acknowledging the value of everyone, and importance of exploring meaning in life.
-Offering acceptance and ‘agape’ (unconditional) love.
-Encouraging healthy relationships with self and others.
-To be respectful, non-judgemental and accepting, regardless of background, beliefs, diversity or personal choice.
-Extending help to people of any faith, or none.
-Offering an ethical, transparent, competent, supervised counselling service by trained staff.
-Seeking to draw upon sound faith-based and secular counselling and psychotherapeutic approaches to offer a beneficial opportunity to our clients as individuals.
-To break down stigma surrounding mental health and promote positive views and conversation about ‘emotional wellbeing’.
-Maintain a safe, professional service to the public.
-To serve God in our community.
Statement of Faith
Our Christian counsellors adhere to the ethical guidelines and statement of faith of the Association of Christian Counsellors (ACC) https://www.acc-uk.org/ and the ethical framework British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) https://www.bacp.co.uk/
See also our FAQ’s for further information on the requirements of a Christian counsellor.
FAQ-Frequently asked Questions
Who will be counselling me?
Your counsellor will be qualified to above the recommended standard of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the Association of Christian Counsellors (ACC) for a qualified therapist. Additionally, this includes the therapist having self-identified as a practicing Christian, they attend church regularly and have confirmed that their beliefs align with our Statement of Faith.
Currently our Christian counselling service is run through Natalie Wiggins (FdA Counselling) (MBACP). Please see the mission statement information for more information on Natalie.
How much will the counselling cost, and for how long?
Our low-cost counselling service provides therapy with a fully qualified counsellor at a reduced cost of £25 per session. Sessions are open-ended or they may be time-limited, and this will be agreed in your initial session. Endings are ideally planned between counsellor and client. You will not be offered a prescribed number of hours as per some services, but we work with you as an individual regarding when you feel ready to leave counselling. If you wish to return to counselling after previously having a service then we are happy to support you with discussion and options regarding this. We do ask that at least 24 hours cancellation notice is given for appointments that you are unable to attend otherwise a cancellation fee will be incurred.
If you have issues regarding affordability of sessions, then please do discuss this freely with us so that we may be able to explore options. Your local church or Christian organisation may also be able to assist you with a grant for this. You may arrange your payment in this manner yourself and then pay in person on your session date, or you alongside your church can contact us with details and we can initiate a three-way-agreement for payment.
Counselling sessions must be paid for in advance or by the session date at the latest.
Do I have to be a Christian to access your services?
No. Just Talk counsel clients of the Christian or any faith, and those who do not identify with any faith. Your sessions are client-led with the issues that you bring, and they may be used to explore faith or issues of faith but only if you wish to. Likewise, some clients may wish to simply know that they are seeing a Counsellor who has a Christian faith, but do not wish to discuss Christianity.
What issues can your Christian counsellor work with?
Natalie can work with a wide range of issues, just as any secular counsellor may do, as well as faith or church-based concerns if required by the client. This can range from stress, anxiety, depression, relationships of any kind, parenting, marriage, addictions, eating, sleeping, trauma, anger, family conflicts, grief, religion, questions of faith, PTSD, self-esteem, issues for pastoral workers, issues for teaching staff, issues for ministers and other leadership roles in religious institutions, behavioural problems, existential issues, and many other problems relating to mental and emotional health and wellbeing.
Those unsuitable for counselling with us may include those who are in an urgent crisis or emergency situation, or have been diagnosed with a severe mental illness, or if you have been advised to be in psychological supervision, psychiatric or suicidal care (sectioned).
A full assessment will be given initially where suitability and any other matters can be addressed, and you will have the opportunity to ask any further questions.
Thank you very much for your interest in our service, and please get in touch if you wish to know more or to book an assessment session to discuss your needs, which will be at a low cost of £10. We know asking for help can be a difficult step, we are here to support and help you in a sensitive, confidential manner.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0330 120 0279 to book a confidential assessment session with Natalie to discuss your therapeutic needs.
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