The Diocese of Chelmsford has arrangements with three counselling services for the provision of confidential counselling for Clergy, spouses, family members and Diocesan employees. The three counselling services with whom we have arrangements are accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Why is it needed?
Ministry brings unique and particular stresses. These often impinge not only on the clergy but also on their spouses and families. The resulting burden can lead to difficulties in coping with life and ministry. In such circumstances a confidential, independent and professional service, outside of the church and Diocesan structures, is essential for the wellbeing of clergy, spouses and their families.
The confidential arrangements we have with counselling services provides such help. This means that senior clergy, including Bishops and Archdeacons, and no other diocesan employee need know who is accessing counselling services. Your confidentiality is primary in our provision of these services.
Who is it for?
These confidential services are available to licensed clergy and stipendiary lay ministers, their spouses, their immediate dependent families and other diocesan employees.
What is provided?
The counselling provided is short-term, solution-focussed counselling and will usually be concluded within 12 fifty minute weekly sessions. In exceptional circumstances the counselling service may be extended beyond 12 sessions.
The counselling will enable the client to talk their situation through, to come to a deeper understanding of the issues, and to find support in making their own decisions about coping and living more effectively.
How may I access the service?
Contact Revd David Blackledge, our Co-ordinator for Counselling Support by email at DavidJBlackledge@aol.com. It is also possible to be referred via Canon Roger Matthews, the Dean of Mission and Ministry. You can phone him at the Diocesan Office on 01245 294455 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.