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Counselling at Home Pilot

Help with psychological issues is now available for you at home if you are too ill to attend Blythe House, and for your carers if they are unable to leave you. 

This is a free service provided by our team of professional counsellors based at Blythe House. 

How will counselling help me?

A counsellor will help you to address the causes of the distress you are currently feeling. As well as learning how to manage difficult thoughts, feelings and experiences, you will feel listened to, understood and supported. You will be able to trust your counsellor to maintain confidentiality. 

Issue you may need help with include: 

  • feeling anxious or depressed
  • difficulties with relationships
  • reflecting on the purpose of life/existence
  • managing feelings of guilt or regret
  • dealing with anger
  • making difficult choices
  • developing self-compassion

Each counselling session lasts for no longer than one hour, but you can choose to end the session sooner if you need to. 

Who can use this service?

You and/or your carers may be referred for this service if you:

  • have a life-limiting illness
  • are physically unable to travel to Blythe House to access counselling
  • have complex psychological/emotional issues that are causing distress and your need for support cannot be met by the primary caring team
  • have mental capacity to consent to the service

Which areas does the service cover?

The service is available to you if you live in the High Peak area, which includes the towns of Buxton, Glossop, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Whaley Bridge and New Mills among others. 

How can I access the service?

If you think that counselling at home will help you, then ask a health care worker to refer you. This might be your district nurse or GP, for example. They will contact our Lead Counsellor at Blythe House who will telephone you and arrange a convenient time for a counsellor to visit you at home. You can find our referral form for this service here.

On the first visit you will be able to talk to your counsellor in confidence about the issues that are troubling you. Your counsellor will listen, make an assessment about the type of help you need and offer support. You might find that this is so helpful that only one visit is needed, but further counselling sessions can be arranged if appropriate, up to a maximum of 8.