Welcome to The Harbour

We are available and welcome you to our counselling service. 

We offer counselling on the phone or online with Zoom during the Covid-19 pandemic to people in Bristol who meet the following criteria:

  • I am an adult facing death or dying (defined as having a serious or life threatening illness)
  • I am an adult who is close to someone who is facing death or dying (includes family members, friends, and loved ones)
  • I am an adult who has been bereaved following illness (within the past two years)

Please get in touch. We are here to help.

You can call on 0117 925 9348 or send us a message from our contact form

Our vision is that everyone in Bristol has a safe space to talk & be listened to when they or their loved ones face death, dying and bereavement. We offer individual, couple and group counselling.

Contact us

To find out more about our service or to refer yourself please ring The Harbour on 0117 925 9348. If we are not able to take your call please leave a message and we will contact you as soon as we can.

Or you can email us.
 0117 925 9348 info@the-harbour.org.uk

Your counselling sessions provide a time and a place where you can explore how you are feeling about what is happening and speak about things that maybe difficult to share with others. You will also be supported to consider the impact of previous experiences, which may help you to make more sense of what is happening now.
Sasha's Story

“Counselling definitely put me in a much better place… Myself, family, friends… My son’s mother… can definitely see a significant positive difference in me. It definitely helped me become a much better father to my son.”

  • A safe place to come to express my fears and thoughts without judgement. A place where I can feel listened to and heard.

    Client
  • The Harbour is the only service in Bristol that supports people affected by terminal illness – whether ill themselves, caring for someone, or recently bereaved. “It’s a unique service, and was so helpful for me

    Client
  • Counselling definitely put me in a much better place… Myself, family, friends… My son’s mother… can definitely see a significant positive difference in me. It definitely helped me become a much better father to my son.

FAQ

Am I eligible to access this service?

If you live in Bristol or surrounding areas and any of the following statements apply to you, please contact us for more information about how to access our service:

• I am an adult facing death or dying (defined as having a serious or life threatening illness).
• I am an adult who is close to someone who is facing death or dying (includes family members, friends, and loved ones).
• I am an adult who has been bereaved following illness (within the past two years)

What happens when I contact The Harbour?

Due to the current COVID-19 outbreak your call will be picked up by our answerphone. Please leave a message and we will get back to you. Our client administrator works on Tuesdays and Thursdays and we will do our best to respond to your message on these days.

When we do get in touch, we will take some details, and if we are the right service for you, we will email you a link to a referral form. Once you have returned this to us via email, we will contact you to book an assessment appointment with one of our therapists. During this meeting you will have the opportunity to explore your reasons for coming. This will give both you and the person you see an opportunity to decide whether further sessions through the service are appropriate for you.

How often do I need to come for sessions?

If you are offered regular sessions they will take place at the same time each week, for an agreed number of weeks. Each session lasts 50 minutes. It is important that you are able to make a commitment to weekly sessions, and this is something that you will be able to talk about in your assessment appointment.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak we are now offering all sessions over the telephone or online via Zoom.

What happens in a session?

Everyone is different and the sessions will develop according to your own need and your situation. The impact of death, dying and bereavement is far reaching and you may want to use your sessions to explore a variety of issues that are important to you. Your therapist will not have a set agenda for the sessions and will encourage you to talk about whatever is most pressing for you.

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