Philippi Guernsey Counselling Service
Who we are
Philippi Guernsey is an interdenominational Christian charity, which exists to offer accessible professional counselling to those of any faith or no faith.
The Philippi Trust (Guernsey) LBG is managed by a Board of Directors whose responsibilities are financial and ethical probity and to ensure that the aims and objectives of the Trust are fulfilled.
The Counselling and Training Services are provided by a part-time manager and a trainer, trained counsellors and trainees on placement.
“The Philippi Trust (Guernsey) LBG exists to provide professional and accessible counselling training and counselling to those within the church and community in the Bailiwick of Guernsey through the activities of the Philippi Guernsey Counselling and Training Service.”
Why we exist
Over the years Philippi Guernsey has been working with various statutory and voluntary agencies in Guernsey in the area of counselling and training. It became increasingly obvious that there was a “gap” in counselling services for those in Guernsey who were, perhaps through their social and economic background, not able to access professional counselling.
To this end, and with support from Philippi Trust UK, The Philippi Trust (Guernsey) LBG was established in 2004. The fully-fledged Philippi Guernsey Counselling Service was launched in 2004 and has since then proven its value for the community and church. Since the Primary Care Mental Health and Wellbeing Service started in September 2011, which became Healthy Minds in 2019, our number of clients has fluctuated and reflected the huge demand for that service. The number of hours of client contact has varied every year, due to the more long-term nature of our work and how many counsellors have been volunteering with us. Unfortunately, we do have a waiting list for counselling.
A donation of a minimum of £10 up to £40, or more, for counselling is expected, according to the client’s circumstances. This is necessary to maintain the service.
There is a dedicated mobile telephone number, which is minded by a trained counsellor, for clients to make initial contact. Contact can also be made via the website and email.
Appointments are made by the counsellor to suit the individual client’s needs. This can be at any time of the day by mutual agreement.
We have an office based at the St Andrew’s Church Barn, which houses our administration work, library, training materials and can be used for counselling.
We also have the use of a room at four other churches in the island, as and when required by our counsellors. Three of these facilities have disabled access. This allows flexibility in meeting a client near to their home or work.
How – Our Core Services
The team of counsellors are trained to a minimum level 3 (see below), receive regular supervision and abide by the Association of Christian Counsellors’ Code of Ethics. They donate their skills and time to the service as do the in-house supervisors. We do also use external paid supervisors.
Philippi has an open referral system, which means the client may refer themselves or be referred by other professional services, such as the GP, Mental Health Services, Family Proceedings Advisory Service, Probation and Social Services.
Initial contact is through the dedicated mobile telephone number. If a client needs to contact their counsellor, they do so through the dedicated number to protect the counsellor’s personal details.
The counselling manager will usually respond to the client within 72 hours and will make an appointment for an initial consultation, lasting up to an hour, at the earliest available time.
Following the consultation, the client is allocated to the most appropriate counsellor or trainee given their experience, area of expertise and skills. Unfortunately, there is a waiting list, due to the demand for the service. The number of counselling sessions varies depending on the needs of the client. Each session lasts 50 minutes.
Counsellors work with clients, who have a variety of differing needs including:
- Stress at work or due to life events
- Family relationships and breakdowns
- Faith issues
Where there are other appropriate counselling services in the island, such as for bereavement, domestic abuse, marital guidance and addiction issues, then Philippi will suggest referral of clients to those services.
Training in Counselling
In addition to a Listening & Responding 6 hour course, we offer three levels of counselling training, which are educationally accredited by UK establishments. In this way we encourage the development of more skilled counsellors available to work within the island’s community and not just for Philippi’s purposes.
Certificate in Counselling Skills Level 2 – 90 hours
This is a starting point for any one considering whether counselling might be for them or for teachers, nurses and other professionals wishing to add to their skills.
Certificate in Counselling Studies Level 3 – 90 hours
This is the beginning of the counselling career ladder. Completion of the Level 2 Course is a pre-requisite. Following the successful completion of the Level 3 training, the student becomes a trainee counsellor.
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Level 4 – 420 hours
In order to meet proposed government requirements, related to the registration of counsellors, and maintain the service at a professional standard, it was necessary to upgrade our training to the Level 4 Course. After 450 hours of supervised counselling, a counsellor can apply to become an accredited counsellor with ACC or BACP.
The courses have been revised and are accredited by the awarding body – CPCAB, Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body, (www.cpcab.co.uk). Regular courses have been run since 2015 and there are frequent enquiries about counselling training.
Continuing Professional Development
All counsellors and supervisors are required to have a minimum of 25 hours further education a year. Events are arranged from time to time when possible and other professionals are invited.
Philippi Guernsey Counselling Service
St Andrew’s Church Barn
Rue des Morts
07781 130 523
Association of Guernsey Charities No: 270