Counselling centre wins NHS contract to increase free counselling in Luton

25 April 2016

The Counselling Foundation in partnership with Relate Bedfordshire and Luton have announced that they have been successful in their bid as the preferred provider to work with East London Foundation Trust (ELFT) to deliver 4,000 counselling sessions for people living in Luton each year.

The Foundation, a local charity in Luton and Relate Bedfordshire and Luton has been commissioned to provide the counselling component on behalf of ELFT’s Luton Wellbeing Service as part of the national programme for Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT). Once referred from Luton Wellbeing Service clients can receive up to six sessions of free counselling.

The Foundation believes the provision of counselling will have a positive effect on the community and will provide vital support. The wellbeing of a client is greatly improved by giving them a confidential space to discuss their concerns with a professional therapist who will listen and provide support to resolve their issues.

The client will have the option to choose one-to-one counselling with a therapist from The Counselling Foundation, or couples’ counselling with Relate Bedfordshire and Luton. Both options use highly trained professionals in a safe, supportive and confidential environment.

CEO, Robert Cuming at The Counselling Foundation said “We are thrilled to have won this contract in partnership with Relate. As the chosen preferred provider, this will enable us to continue our charitable mission to help as many people as possible with counselling and remove the stigma of mental health, empowering more individuals to be open and honest with how they feel and seek the support they need. It will also provide a great opportunity for our many graduates of our training facility to access more counselling work”.

CEO, Angela Foll at Relate Bedfordshire and Luton said “Good quality relationships are critical to health and wellbeing and can prevent, delay or reduce the effects of physical and mental health conditions. So we are delighted to partner with The Counselling Foundation to deliver our relationship counselling service in Luton as part of the national IAPT programme. Living with physical or mental health conditions can be a long road, but our relationships with partners, family and friends are what make the journey better.”

Members of the public can self-refer to the Luton Wellbeing Service by calling 01582 393 130, by visiting www.lutonwellbeingservice.nhs.uk or by contacting their GP to arrange a referral.

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