Prescribing 1point Counselling is a personal and private decision for most participants. You may already know many people who may have accessed our services, but by their own choice do not wish to share the outcomes of their therapy with GPs, employers or even family and friends. If you feel that counselling may be an option for someone you know, we strongly recommend that you encourage them to make their own approach to 1point. Anyone contacting us can expect a friendly, confidential and professional response from someone who will take the time to discuss whether counselling is the most appropriate way forward for them. If you would like to discuss whether counselling would help your patient, colleague, family member or friend email [email protected] or telephone 01204 917745 to discuss further in confidence with a trained counsellor. Counselling may help people who ... are experiencing mild to moderate episodes of anxiety or depression, anger management or self-esteem issues. have difficulty coming to terms with loss. This not only includes bereavements, but relationship breakdowns, redundancy, retirement and often coming to terms with disability or terminal illness for themselves or others. feel that past events are inexplicably impacting on their present and future lives. regularly attend GPs/health services and talk about non-medical problems. take regular sick leave. “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou, Poet and Author Counselling provides an opportunity to explore emotional difficulties which are impacting on their lives with an independent listener - trained to be non-judgemental and accepting of the diversity of lifestyles, cultures and beliefs. Those entering a counselling relationship will be helped to understand themselves through examining their feelings and behaviour in relation to the difficulties they are currently experiencing. Through this process many people gain the confidence to make positive and lasting changes to their lives. Would you like to get involved with 1point? Click here to find out more. Important note for GPs and healthcare staff: If you wish to make a patient referral to GMMH's Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) scheme, in the first instance call the NHS's Single Point of Access (SPOA) service on: 01204 483101 1point works in partnership with Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMMH), to help increase access to talking therapies in Bolton. If you believe that your patient would benefit from counselling at 1point, you may request that their referral is forwarded to us. If the Triage team at SPOA are in agreement with you, your patients details will be forwarded to us and we will directly contact them to arrange an assessment appointment.