Counselling at Touchstone
Bringing together an innovative range of opportunities to help people work through the impact of trauma and/or abuse.
What is counselling?
Counselling offers a confidential, supportive and non-judgmental space where you can talk with a trained professional. Your counsellor will work with you to help you explore your thoughts, emotions and feelings. In turn, this gives you the opportunity to understand yourself, your relationships and the world around you more fully. Counselling can also support you in making the changes you wish to make in your life.
We recognise how each person’s experiences are unique and the effects of trauma and/or abuse can be far-reaching and extensive. We see the following as natural human responses* to trauma and/or abuse;
- disconnection and dissociation
- hopelessness and powerlessness
- isolation and withdrawal
- numbness or ‘not-feeling’
- physical health issues
- relationship issues
- low self-esteem and self-worth
- suicidal thoughts and feelings
(*these are by no means a comprehensive list and we acknowledge that people will have their own unique responses to and expressions of trauma and/or abuse in their lives).
We abide by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy's (BACP) Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions (2018) and are committed to upholding the unique value of each and every individual. Our counsellors are accredited BACP members (or working towards BACP accreditation), have regular professional supervision and are committed to continuing professional development.
Who can come to counselling at Touchstone?
Individuals (18 years or over) who wish to work with and through the impact of trauma and/or abuse, particularly linked to any faith/beliefs/spirituality. You are welcome to refer yourself or ask someone to refer you if you’d prefer. If you’re unsure whether the referral criteria may apply to you, please get in touch.
We are an inclusive service and welcome people of all genders and work in line with our EDI policy.
For those accessing counselling at Touchstone, we also offer a number of additional options to facilitate wellbeing, reflection and connection (e.g. creative activities and retreats). If you are interested, please ask your counsellor for further information.
There is step-free access to one of our counselling rooms and an accessible toilet.
How much does counselling cost?
We believe that counselling should be available to everyone and therefore, operate a sliding-scale contribution scheme based on income and what is affordable for you. When you first meet with a counsellor, we will discuss and agree this with you.
We offer short and longer-term counselling and will work with you and at your pace. When you first meet with a counsellor we will discuss and agree this with you.
We are a small charity and currently able to offer counselling sessions during the day on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Please have a look at our website pages for more information about Touchstone and what we offer.
Your next steps
Download a copy of our referral form here as a Word document.
To request a paper copy, please telephone 01274 442670 and leave your details so that we can post this to you.
You can refer yourself or ask someone to do this for you.
Postal address: Touchstone, 4 Easby Road, Bradford BD7 1QX
How to find us
Touchstone is a 20-minute walk from either Bradford Interchange or Forster Square train stations. You can also catch a bus from Bradford Interchange and get off at the University of Bradford. If you are coming by car, then you can park outside the Touchstone centre.
Volunteer listeners and spiritual accompanists
Alongside counselling, we have trained and experienced listeners and spiritual accompanists. Please get in touch for further details.