Counselling

The Service

Our counselling outreach service seeks to support and improve the lives of people affected by substance (drugs and/or alcohol) use, dependency or those looking to remain abstinent who could benefit from professional specialist counselling sessions.

Counselling Benefits

The counselling service can be of considerable benefit to individuals, groups and family members by providing an opportunity to consider and explore areas, such as:

  • Personal substance misuse and dependency counselling by identifying thoughts and emotions (anger, confidence, loss, relations, relationships, bereavement, self-esteem, past or present emotional, sexual or physical abuse) that affect their personal life.
  • Relationship counselling is provided to partners and extended family members through understanding substance addiction and by identifying thoughts and emotions (fear, stress, anxiety, anger, helplessness, nervousness) that affect them by another’s substance misuse and dependency problems. 
  • Group counselling, seeks to create an environment with a group facilitator guiding the inter-actions, where people who have a common experience or similar history can meet in a confidential setting and share their thoughts and feelings in a supportive environment. Different clients find different rewards and challenges and group therapy can suit people who are uncertain about counselling or may find one to one work too intense.

The counselling service when integrated into existing alcohol and drug treatment provisions can act as a catalyst for client retention.

Service Delivery

Our counselling service can be delivered as a stand alone service or delivered in collaboration with other drug & alcohol treatment services. For example, we deliver a counselling service at a NHS General Practice in North-West London, one day a week. Referrals to the counselling service are made by the GP’s and nurses at the clinical practice.

Specialist Experience

The counselling service is lead by Gary Sutton who is is a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and has an MSc in Therapeutic Counselling. Gary has many years of experience of working with people with drug, alcohol and emotional problems, and has delivered counselling in a variety of settings including drug treatment centres and prisons.

If you require further information, or would like details on commissioning the service then please contact Keith Edwards on keith@release.org.uk, or alternatively telephone 020 7324 2979.