The lockdown restrictions announced by the First Minister on 4th January allow for essential healthcare that cannot be achieved remotely. We understand this to allow face-to-face counselling if it is not possible to work from home. We will therefore continue to offer one-to-one in-person sessions on the PF premises if either our clients or counsellors require it.
However, if both client and counsellor can work remotely, this option should be used. Anyone who is meeting in-person and wants to change to remote working should email the PF office as soon as possible.
The PF Young Adults counselling service (PFYA) is an extension of our core counselling service, specifically for young adults aged 18 to 25 years old. This is an exciting development for the PF and is funded for three years by the generous donation of a charitable trust.
The key things you need to know about the PFYA service are:
- All counselling appointments are on a Saturday. It is important that you are able to attend regular weekly sessions every Saturday at the time agreed.
- The counselling is offered on a time-limited basis of 12 sessions initially, which may be extended by a further 12 sessions if appropriate, but it is not a long term service.
- The counsellors who work with the Young Adults are all part of the team of experienced, professional counsellors who also work on a voluntary basis within the PF core service, but are paid a session fee for PFYA work.
Requesting an Appointment...
If you would like to access the PF Young Adults service, simply submit a Counselling Request form in the normal way at https://www.pfcounselling.org.uk/helping-you/request, but make sure you indicate your interest and give us your date of birth.
Clients interested in the Young Adult service will be offered an Initial Appointment, usually during the week if possible. Their availability and applicability for the Saturday service would be discussed in full at this appointment.
There will usually be a short wait for an Initial Appointment, and then again before regular counselling can begin. However, we hope to be able to keep this as short as possible.