*Important* Coronavirus Update – The Olive Branch Counselling Service is committed to following the government guidelines for the prevention of the spread of the Coronavirus COVID-19. We encourage everyone to take care of themselves and ensure that they do not come in for their counselling sessions if they are in a vulnerable group or if they need to self isolate. They will not lose their counselling place and they will not be asked for a donation for sessions.
The Olive Branch Counselling Service has been in operation since 1997, offering talking therapies to the people of Winchester and the surrounding area. Originally the charity was formed and funded by a group of local churches, who recognised the great value of offering a counselling service to the community. We are very proud of these Christian roots, without which our charity would not exist, and we are now looking to expand our service to reach a wider number of people both in and around the Winchester area.
Mental Health has been in the media spotlight for the past few years and, as a result, the demand for counselling has risen greatly. To keep on top of the rising demand we intend to face these challenges head-on. We will continue to provide the very best service for our clients, whilst committing to our plan to thrive and grow.
We are of the only agency in the area to offer long term therapy, which we firmly believe allows clients to address their issues, to instigate change, and to embed their renewed wellbeing so that it can be maintained for the future.
(Director and Trustee, Sanga Burrough)
Who are we?
We are a Winchester based voluntary organisation, founded over 20 years ago to offer accessible, professional counselling to those in need.
We provide long-term therapy to those who need it, as well as short-term counselling to anyone who wants to discuss any personal issue in confidence.
Our volunteers help clients address many mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression, stress, bereavement.
We also work with clients who are coping with more complex multi-layered situations such as drug and alcohol abuse, suicide ideation, family or relationship breakdown.
We work in partnership with GPs, medical professionals and the community.
What do we do, and how do we do it?
We provide each client with an appropriately qualified counsellor to help them address their issues.
We listen – giving clients space and time for reflection in a confidential setting.
We act as allies not authority.
We aim to provide clients with a reliable and stable base from which to address their issues, and from which to grow.
We help develop counsellors’ competence and qualifications through practice, continued professional development, and regular supervision.