Counselling in Worthing and its Surrounding Area, West Sussex

New Name, New Look

A new name & a new look – Worthing Counselling Centre

On 11 October 2017, Worthing Counselling Centre will become the new name for Offington Counselling Service. On that date, a new website will go live.

The name change is designed to raise awareness of the charity and our scale as a major provider of counselling in the community of Worthing. We will continue to focus on our charitable aim to provide counselling as widely as possible, as we have done for the last 35 years.

Since 1983 the charity has provided weekly counselling for individuals and couples seeking support for emotional difficulties. It offers fast access counselling for those who do not want to wait and financially supported counselling if cost could be a barrier, aiming to provide support as widely as possible.

The date for the relaunch ties in with Worthing Mental Health Awareness Week (WMHAW) at Offington Park Methodist Church, where Offington Counselling Service has been based since 1983.

WMHAW includes launch events for Worthing Counselling Centre:

Wednesday  11 October  10am – 12 noon

Come and Meet Us  plus  ‘The Courage to Heal’ – a free talk on counselling

Includes free refreshments

This is an opportunity to speak informally with the team about what counselling is and isn’t and learn more about us and some of the creative approaches we use.

Celebration quiz night Wednesday 11 October 7pm

Come on your own and we’ll join you with others or as a team of up to six people.  Tickets £5 in advance includes light refreshments – 01903 212275 or email info@ocs-counselling.org.uk. All proceeds will go towards Worthing Counselling Centre’s bursary fund.

Worthing Counselling Centre encourages members of the general public, interested professionals, organisations looking to provide counselling and those who have used the service, to attend the events.

As a charity, there is always the need to fundraise and build the expertise within our trustee team. As we relaunch, if you have been a beneficiary of our service or are interested in what we do and would like to give back or make a contribution, please do get in touch – 01903 212275.

See poster here:  WCC celebration

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The Value of Counselling

Since 2003 OCS has been monitoring the ‘wellness’ of clients by means of a self-completed questionnaire both before and after counselling.  The questionnaire, which is based on responses relating to the perceived physical and emotional health of the client, was researched and validated nationally, and is now part of a popular and reliable system known as CORE (Clinical Outcome in Routine Evaluation), and is used internationally.

Results for the most recent period (2016/17) indicate that, for those clients assessed to be ‘clinically’ distressed, 83% showed an improvement such that their ‘wellness’ became representative of the general population rather than the ‘clinical’ population.  Most of the remaining 17% showed a lessening of distress, almost to the extent of becoming representative of the general population.  A clinically distressed client could be defined as one for whom medication or some other form of therapeutic intervention might have been prescribed.

We can say that these results continue to indicate that counselling therapy, short or longer-term, does lessen clients’ distress levels.  A more detailed report is available if required.

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Fabulous garden supports OCS

Fabulous garden supporting Offington Counselling Service, as featured on BBC2’s Gardeners World, 16 & 17 September

The garden of Helen & Derek Harnden at 6 Elm Avenue, East Preston, Littlehampton will be opening on the weekend of 16 & 17 September 11am – 5pm for the National Garden Scheme, with refreshment takings being donated to Offington Counselling Service. This is the first year of opening.

A large south facing garden designed by a Chelsea gold medal winner, the garden features a stunning Purbeck stone wall with moon gate creating two halves. There are several distinct sections including fish pond, herbaceous borders, Japanese area, fruit cages and much more.

Please do go along and visit on 16 / 17 September. If you are unable to visit on that weekend, private visits can also be arranged – derek@shiningmylight.plus.com

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2017 Annual General Meeting

All are invited to attend the 2017 AGM on Saturday 17th June from 9.30 – 10 a.m. in the Allan Fletcher Hall at Offington Park Methodist Church, South Farm Road, Worthing.  The AGM will be followed by refreshments.  Counsellors are invited to stay on for a training session on Initial Consultation, led by Ivan Thorpe M.A., Supervisor at OCS, and Marjorie Dale, Head of Counselling.  The training will take place from 10.30 a.m. for approximately 2 hours.
See flyer here:AGM2017 invitation
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The Value of Counselling

Since 2003 OCS has been monitoring the ‘wellness’ of clients by means of a self-completed questionnaire both before and after counselling.  The questionnaire, which is based on responses relating to the perceived physical and emotional health of the client, was researched and validated nationally, and is now part of a popular and reliable system known as CORE (Clinical Outcome in Routine Evaluation), and is used internationally.

Results for the most recent period (2015/16) indicate that, for those clients assessed to be ‘clinically’ distressed, 93% showed an improvement such that their ‘wellness’ became representative of the general population rather than the ‘clinical’ population.  The other 7% showed a lessening of distress.  A clinically distressed client could be defined as one for whom medication or some other form of therapeutic intervention might have been prescribed.

We can say that these results continue to indicate that counselling therapy, short or longer-term, does lessen clients’ distress levels.  A more detailed report is available if required.

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Appointment of “Head of Centre”

We welcome a new Head of Centre.  We have thought for some time that we
needed fresh impetus and decided to appoint a Head of Centre to lead the
service.   We appointed Anna Hayward from a very strong field.  Anna will
join us in July, bringing with her, amongst other skills, a wealth of
experience in the marketing and funding sphere.  We hope she settles well
with the team, and that together, we can move forwards, on a more secure
financial footing.  OCS has had a very good last nine months with a
significant increase in the demand for counselling and we look forward to
continuing to offer high quality counselling to all, including those who
could not otherwise afford it.

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