Thurrock Mind Services – Counselling

Counselling takes place in a private and confidential setting which allows the client to explore a difficulty they may be having, distress they may be experiencing or loss of a sense of direction and purpose in their life. By listening attentively and patiently, the counsellor helps the client see things more clearly, possibly from a different perspective. Counselling is a way of enabling choice or change, or of reducing confusion. It does not involve giving advice or directing a client to take a particular course of action, but focuses on empowering the individual by encouraging them to gain insight into their life.

Thurrock Mind is an organisational member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and that our counselling service is BACP accredited.

Counsellors follow the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Ethical Framework.

Can counselling help me with my problem?

We have many years of experience working with people supporting them towards improved emotional and mental well-being. People use our services to explore and overcome a wide range of issues – they may be trying to cope with stress or anxiety, be recently bereaved, experiencing marital or relationship problems, suffering domestic violence or abuse, they may be a victim of bullying, or unsure about sexual identity – the list is endless.

How can I access counselling?

You can make a self referral, be referred by your GP, Community Mental Health Team professional, other health or social services professionals, community support worker or other voluntary organisation.. When we receive a referral, a pre-counselling questionnaire is sent to you to complete. Once returned to us, your name is added to the counselling waiting list and when a counsellor becomes available you are contacted.

Is counselling free?

With the exception of Mind Talk (our private fee paying service), all counselling services are free. We would, however, appreciate a donation, if possible, towards the cost of counselling, although no one will be refused counselling on financial grounds.

Are counsellors available evenings or weekends?

Our counselling hours are Monday to Thursday 9:00am – 9:00pm, Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm and Saturday 9:00am – 1:00pm. Each client is allocated a specific time slot, and you will see the same counsellor each time.

Which counselling service is best for me?

This depends on who sends the referral and what your problem or issue is. You could be referred to one of four counselling services on offer at Thurrock Mind:

  • General Counselling Service – Counsellors in this service incorporate a number of different interpersonal or relational therapeutic interventions i.e. Person-centred; Psychodynamic; Transactional Analysis; Solution Focussed; Gestalt. or an integration of several theories,  In the first instance you would meet with a counsellor for an initial assessment to see if you feel comfortable working together. Following this, clients may attend for just a few sessions over a number of weeks, we only offer short term therapy.
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – CBT can help you to change how you think (cognition) and what you do (behaviour) – exploring this and making realistic changes in these areas can assist in creating a more positive outlook and future. CBT focuses on the “here and now” problems and current difficulties rather than focussing on the causes of distress or symptoms in the past. It looks for ways to improve your state of mind ‘now’ and can be suitable for milder, short-term issues. Clients meet up with the counsellor every week and again this service is time limited work. Assignments are carried out in between sessions and form an integral part of this therapy.
  • Mind Talk Private Counselling – This service has been developed alongside the statutory and charitable work that we do in response to a demand for a service that can be accessed at short notice by employees and individuals. Mind Talk can be particularly helpful to employers who want an external provider of counselling services for their employees. It is a flexible and bespoke service, where we can design a package which can embrace a particular level of counselling to address a specific requirement. The number of sessions can be as few or as many as is required and agreed by us, the financial sponsor and/or the client.
  • Alongside the private service we are offering a new service called Mind Trance, this is a Hypnotherapy Service for people to work on different issues whilst under hypnosis.  We currently work with a range of problems relating to Stopping Smoking, Weight Management, Insomnia, phobias and many more.

If you would like to discuss a referral, self refer, or find out more, contact the service on 01375 391411 or complete our Contact Us form.


Do you feel stressed, anxious or lacking in confidence, maybe you have a problem controlling anger, or need to learn to relax – if any of these apply to you perhaps our Groupwork Programme can help.

By working with others in a group setting, with a group facilitator, you will meet like-minded people where you can share experiences and learn together. Thurrock Mind groups are psycho-educational, incorporating Cognitive Behavioural Principles and run for periods of between 6-8 weeks. All groups are delivered in friendly, comfortable and informal settings.

What groups are on offer?

This can vary over time, depending on demand. However, there are currently three types of group available:

Depression and Anxiety Groupwork

This 8 week course will cover depression, anxiety, panic, stress management and relaxation.  Cognitive Behavioural Techniques (CBT) will be incorporated to identify negative thought patterns and triggers associated with the underlying condition.  This group incorporates elements of theory, practical work and group discussion.  During the 8 weeks you will learn relaxation skills and how to incorporate this into everyday living.

Confidence Building and Assertive Groupwork

Over the 8 weeks of this course you will gain an understanding of what self confidence is as well as learn how to develop positive thinking. You will identify your personal strengths and work towards accepting yourself for who you are. The course helps you increase your awareness of your own and others’ behaviour, and to identify what changes you would like to make in your life.

Along with other members of the group you will work on a personal programme for achieving your goals and moving forward in your life as a more confident and assertive individual.

Anger Management (Gender Specific Groups)

Anger can cause distorted thinking, which can be unhelpful and sometimes destructive. This 8 week group aims to help you develop new logical thinking patterns which allow you to express anger assertively and not aggressively. You will identify your anger triggers, understand different types of anger, recognise how others play on your feelings, realise what guilt can do to you, and identify irrational beliefs.

If you would like to discuss a referral, self refer, or find out more, contact the service on 01375 391411 or complete our Contact Us form.