St Paul’s Wholeness Centre February 2021 Update
Since March 2020 when the Covid lockdown began, all our counselling appointments have taken place either by telephone or zoom. Initially we were concerned about how this might affect the counselling relationship, but we have been pleasantly surprised to find it has worked very well. Some of our clients have actually expressed a preference for this way of working as it feels equally safe and secure and saves travel time. However we do appreciate that some do not have the private space at home for this to be possible. As we start to look towards next year, whilst it is our wish to be able to offer face to face meetings again for those who would prefer this, it is unclear when we will be able to do so as we do not know when restrictions will ease.
If you are unsure about whether counselling by phone or zoom would work for you, why not give our administrator a call on 07842221907 or send an email to email@example.com. We always offer an initial consultation to establish the aims of the sessions and this is also a way you could explore whether this type of working would suit you.
If you find you would prefer to wait until we can offer face to face therapy but are in need of support for your anxiety or depression which may become increasingly challenging in the current climate, you might find some online self-help resources useful such as faithintherapy.com. There are also many other resources on the web if you search on this subject.
If you haven’t heard back from us within a week, please check your spam folder or give us a call.
Counselling & Therapy
Following an initial appointment with one of our counsellors, we offer up to 6 sessions of confidential and professional counselling or therapy for a range of personal difficulties and challenges. We accept applications for children, young people and adults and can see people individually, as couples or as families. Our counsellors, all of whom have a Christian faith, welcome clients from all different cultures, faiths and backgrounds. Bookings are normally made by the person requesting counselling or therapy.
We consider it important that clients value the time that our trained counsellors are freely offering and there is therefore a minimum charge of £15-30 per session, with a reduced fee of £10 for students and those on minimal incomes. In extreme cases of hardship, please speak to the centre administrator.
Our counsellors are all fully qualified and either accredited or working towards accreditation, and comply with all regulations stipulated by their professional counselling body. Booking is necessary for this service, so please contact the Centre Administrator.
A place to come for prayer for healing in the context of worship. You might be asking for healing of body, mind or spirit and you may want to receive a longer time of prayer ministry than is possible in a church service. Healing prayer will take place from 8-9pm and is available to anyone. There will be an hour of worship, ministry in the power of the Spirit and creative prayer.
Below are some examples of reasons people come for prayer.
• for physical healing, emotional healing or spiritual healing
• for breakthrough in a particular situation, e.g. relationship breakdown, job situation, financial provision, area of addiction or habitual struggle etc.
There is no charge for healing prayer.
Contact us now to book your deeper prayer session
This is an opportunity to come and spend a longer period of time seeking God for freedom and wholeness in areas of life where you are looking for breakthrough, or simply desire a closer walk with God. A team of two are there to facilitate and enable you to make a stronger connection with God. This is not a counselling session.
This is a safe and confidential space where you can explore difficult issues as led by the Holy Spirit. It is your prayer time and you do not have to go into any area of your life or tell us anything that you are not comfortable with. The session usually takes 1.5 hours. At the end, we will offer you materials to take away to help you sustain your new freedom. There is no charge for deeper prayer.
Contact us now to book your spiritual direction
This is meeting with a companion who will come alongside you on your spiritual journey. The companion will listen, explore and reflect with you on the presence of God in your life even if it seems nothing may be happening, Spiritual Direction is suitable for those who…
• are in a season of transition, uncertainty or discernment
• are seeking a safe place to explore their spirituality
• want to explore their experience of God in their daily life
• desire growth in their spiritual or personal journey.
Sessions usually last one hour and take place every 4-6 weeks. The number of sessions is not limited. Our spiritual director has completed a 3 year training with the London Centre for Spiritual Direction. Donations to the Wholeness centre are invited.