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The Women’s Support Centre Counselling Service consists of fully qualified Counsellors, as well as those in training and undertaking a placement with us. All our Counsellors have their Certificate to Practice, are matched with clients within their competencies and receive professional clinical supervision.  The Service is registered with BACP  (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) and works under BACP ethical guidelines.


What is counselling?

  • Counselling offers a safe space to talk through any difficulties in your life. It is a space to discuss and explore your experiences, feelings and concerns, with a trained professional, in a non-judgmental and non-directive way.
  • Counselling is different from talking to friends or family, as you can say whatever you wish, without fear of being made to feel foolish or told what to do.
  • Counselling can help people who have difficulties with depression, anxiety, self-harm, coming to terms with loss and change, problems in relationships, domestic violence, substance misuse, self esteem, trauma and other difficult life experiences.
  • Counselling is not advice, advocacy or practical support.
  • Counselling provides emotional support in speaking about feelings and experiences.
  • Counselling can help you to understand yourself better and make positive changes for the future.


What can the WSC Counselling service offer me?


  • The WSC Counselling service is available for women in Surrey who are affected by the criminal justice system and/or at risk of offending.
  • We offer up to 26 weeks of free confidential individual counselling with a trained counsellor.
  • We provide self-development groups for women to share their experiences and support one another in making positive changes.
  • We are independent from the criminal justice system.
  • We work in accordance with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy ‘Ethical framework for Good Practice in Counselling & Psychotherapy’.


How can I get counselling?


  • If you would like to access the WSC counselling service please ask your WSC worker, probation officer or another professional to refer you. It is possible for you to refer yourself as well.  You can refer via the website here.
  • You will then be invited to an initial assessment session with a counsellor so you can get more information and decide if the WSC counselling service is right for you. If you decide you would like counselling you will then added to the waiting list.


What happens at a counselling assessment?


This leaflet explains more about the counselling service and the assessment.

Looking to volunteer as a counsellor?


Please see our vacancies page for more information.





Confidentiality is very important in counselling. We will not tell anyone that you have had contact with WSC or attended for counselling without your permission.

There are some very special situations where we would have to break confidentiality. These are generally concerned with situations where we have good reason to believe that you intend to cause serious harm to yourself or to someone else, or if child abuse is disclosed to us. There are also some situations where we might be legally obliged to disclose information.

Our Confidentiality Policy will be explained to you at the assessment session.


“Finding yourself is not really how it works. You aren’t a ten dollar bill

in last winter’s coat pocket.


You are also not lost. Your true self is right there, buried under cultural conditioning,

other people’s opinions, and inaccurate conclusions you drew as a kid that became your beliefs about who you are.


Finding yourself is actually returning to yourself. An unlearning, an excavation,

a remembering who you were before the world got its hands on you.”


Emily McDowell