A counselling service…
for Deaf, Deafblind or Hard of Hearing people, or for relatives of Deaf people who would like Deaf-Aware counselling.
What is counselling?
Counselling is available in:
- British Sign Language (BSL)
- Sign Supported English (SSE)
- Deafblind Manual Alphabet
- Spoken English
All our counsellors are fully qualified and either BACP accredited or eligible for accreditation. Sometimes you may be referred to a volunteer counsellor who will either be recently qualified or in their final year of training. We will try to give you a choice of Deaf or hearing counsellor.
What will I have to talk about?
Your counsellor will ask questions to help you, but you don’t have to talk about anything if you don’t want to.
What if I am not sure if I want to have counselling?
Don’t worry, you can come and talk to an experienced counsellor free of charge to find out more. Then you can decide if counselling is right for you.
How long does counselling last?
Sessions are 50 minutes long, and normally once a week. The number of sessions varies a lot. It is usually between 6 and 20 sessions. You can always stop the counselling at any time if you want to.
Where does counselling take place?
For confidentiality, the counselling does not happen at the main office of Caritas Deaf Service. Counselling usually takes place at a separate site in Islington or remotely using video calling. Your counsellor will give you the details with your appointment.
We also provide:
As part of our work we are able to offer the following Life Skills Courses in BSL with links to information in BSL:
Anger Management – learn to understand about different types of anger, understand your own anger, use important skills to help control your anger and deal with other people’s anger.
Confidence Building – learn how to feel good about yourself, be more assertive, ask for what you want and get other people to respect you.
Relationship Skills – learn about different kinds of relationships, what is a “good” relationship, how to deal with difficult or abusive relationships and improve your relationship skills.
Instances of mental health issues within the Deaf community are significantly higher than in the general population. Signs of Hope is a counselling service for Deaf, deafened, Hard of Hearing and Deafblind people and their friends and family.
Following some high profile suicides in the Deaf community earlier this year we have produced the video below as a way to help support people in crisis. The video is presented in BSL with an audio track in English and the transcript is included below.
If you know anyone who would benefit from this information please pass on the details of this webpage.