Christmas Newsletter 2013

Christmas Newsletter 2013

Dear Friends & Supporters

Counselling: This year has been our busiest for counselling, with 137 referrals so far. The Primary Care Mental Health and Wellbeing Service continue to be extremely busy, which is why we are getting a lot more referrals. Thanks go to our counsellors; Margaret, Amanda, Annabel, Carmel, Christine, Emma, Fiona, Jane, Janet, Jo, Julie, Liz, Sue, and Sarah, Colin, Greg, Nigel and Tom and our supervisors; Margaret, Maura Sarah and Brian, who all continue to give their time and skills. We have still been able to allocate clients to counsellors, and are virtually at capacity, so have a short waiting list.

With so many counsellors, we are in need of more venues in which to see clients, so would welcome suggestions from any churches or chapels, which have a spare room available during the week that they might be able to offer us. We are appreciative of the use of rooms and facilities at St Andrew’s Church Barn, Les Camps Methodist Church, Trinity Church, The King’s Barn Mission in Rue du Gelee, Bordeaux Mission and Galaad Methodist Church.

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Spring Newsletter 2013

Dear Friends & Supporters

Counselling: Last year was quieter for counselling, with 82 referrals, in comparison with 97 in 2011 and 122 in 2010. However, around 950 hours of counselling hours were delivered, an increase of 150 hours on 2011. Around 350 hours of supervision were delivered, which has increased considerably, due to the greater number of counsellors. The Primary Care Mental Health and Wellbeing Service continue to be extremely busy and we are still getting some new clients from GPs and Adult Mental Health. However, our range of referrals does seem to be coming from a wider source, including our website. Thanks go to our counsellors; Margaret, Amanda, Fiona, Liz, Sue, Christine, Emma, Annabel, Jane, Julie, Janet and Sarah, Colin, Nigel, Tom and Greg and our supervisors; Margaret, Maura and Brian, who all continue to give their time and skills. We have been joined by Carmel and Jo, who, like Greg, are doing a placement with us and we welcome these new counsellors to our team. We have been able to allocate clients to counsellors, without having a waiting list, although that position may change soon.

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Winter Newsletter 2012

Dear Friends & Supporters

Counselling: This year has not been quite such a busy one for counselling, but extremely busy with training. So far we have had 75 new referrals. The Primary Care Mental Health and Wellbeing Service continues to take many of the referrals from GPs. Thanks go to our counsellors; Margaret, Amanda, Fiona, Liz, Sue, Christine, Emma, Nigel and Tom, Annabel, Jane and Sarah and our supervisors; Margaret, Maura and Brian, who continue to give their time and skills. Brian, Elizabeth and Janet have been helping with personal therapy for students, together with Felicity and Gillian from outside of Philippi. Helen and Pat have been taking a break for family reasons. During the year we welcomed Colin who trained in Ireland and recently Greg, who is training in London. We have been able to allocate clients to counsellors, without having a waiting list until recently.

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Spring Newsletter 2012

Dear Friends & Supporters

Counselling: Last year was a busy one for counselling and training. We had 97 new referrals, compared with 122 in 2010. Just over 800 hundred hours of counselling were delivered to new and returning clients. Some of them have been coming for a few years, due to their severe damage. The introduction of the Primary Care Service in September has reduced our referrals from GPs in the last four months. There were also 158 hours of supervision delivered during the year, the lion share having been done by Margaret. This highlights the need for more supervisors to be trained, especially as Margaret & Maura have a full workload and hope to be retiring before too long.

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Autumn Newsletter 2011

Dear Friends & Supporters

Counselling: This year is continuing to be a busy one for counselling and training. We have had 80 new referrals so far, compared with 98 at this time last year.  At present, there is a short waiting list of about 6 people. Thanks go to our counsellors; Margaret, Amanda, Fiona, Helen, Janet, Liz, Pat and Sarah and our supervisors; Margaret, Maura and Brian, who continue to give their time and skills.

Some of our counsellors have had their own challenges of illness, work issues and moving house to overcome. Sue, who had answered our designated telephone line since the beginning of Philippi Guernsey, has decided to relinquish it after 7 years of dedicated service. We appreciate and thank Sue for her valuable contribution over the years and extend her our best wishes for the future. The telephone line will now be answered by the manager.

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Spring Newsletter 2011

Dear friends & supporters

Counselling: Last year was a busy one for counselling and training. We had 122 new referrals, just a few less than 2009 and just over 700 sessions of counselling were delivered, 200 less than 2009.  Currently there is a 2 – 3 month waiting list of about a dozen people. Thanks go to our counsellors; Margaret, Janet, Amanda, Magdalena, Helen, Liz, Lucy, Pat and Sarah and our supervisors; Margaret, Maura, Jenny and Brian who continue to give their time and skills.

Unfortunately, it has been a difficult year for many of our counsellors. Thankfully, Margaret has recovered well from her two episodes of surgery, which have been successful. Others are or have been unwell or had family concerns. Magdalena expects her first baby soon and we wish her well. We are pleased to welcome Fiona and her family to the island and look forward to Fiona’s participation with us.

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