Counselling Overview

Our counselling service provides a non-judgemental and safe space for clients to explore emotional and personal difficulties they may be currently experiencing. While our counsellors do not give direct advice or solution to your problems, we seek to empower you to find your own insights and answers. Our counsellors can support you in making the necessary changes you feel comfortable with at present.


Tameside, Oldham & Glossop Mind is an Organisational Member of the British Association for
Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP Membership Number: 00105694 | Membership Category: Local Voluntary and Charitable Organisations



Counselling with TOG MindOur counselling service can support you with a range of mental health concerns including:

  • Low mood or feelings of depression

  • Anxiety

  • Bereavement or loss

  • Relationship difficulties

  • Feelings of low self-esteem or low self confidence

  • Work related stress

  • Feelings of anger

  • Self-understanding and self-development

  • Difficult or traumatic life experiences

  • Suicidal ideation


Oldham Counselling Service

Our Oldham IAPT counselling service is funded by Oldham CCG and is open to Oldham residents aged 16 or over who are registered with an Oldham GP. Clients will be offered 8 weekly 50-minute counselling appointments which are free to access.

Our counselling service is delivered by our IAPT qualified counsellors alongside counsellors in training. Our IAPT counsellors are trained in Person-Centred Experiential Counselling for Depression which has been specifically developed to support individuals’ exploration and understanding regarding the underlying causes of their experience of depression.


Tameside, Oldham & Glossop Mind is a member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and our qualified counsellors are all members of the BACP and work within the BACP’s ethical framework within their practice. 


Tameside and Glossop Counselling

We regret to inform you that the funding for the Minds Matter services, including the free Counselling Offer to adults, is coming to an end. Consequently, we will no longer be able to accept referrals for free counselling sessions in Tameside.


In light of these changes, we urge those in need of free counselling support to explore the available resources provided by the NHS.


The NHS offers a range of talking therapy services that may be able to provide the support you require.

You can find more information and access these services through the NHS website:


Whilst we are unable to continue offering these free counselling services, we do want to make you aware of our low-cost counselling service.


We continue to offer support via our Wellbeing Centre on Katherine Street, including:

If you are interested in learning more about any of these options, please don't hesitate to contact us at 0161 330 9223 or email office [at]


We understand the impact that this change may have on our community, and we want to assure you that we are actively seeking alternative funding opportunities to ensure that we can continue to support you in the future.

We sincerely appreciate your understanding at this difficult time.


Other Areas

Live outside of Tameside and Glossop? We have an alternative pathway for residents who don't live in the area.


You can learn more about this by getting in touch on 0161 330 9223, or by emailing us at office [at]


Initial Discussion Appointment

Our services are open to self-referrals by contacting us on 0161 330 9223. Once you contact us, we will invite you to a 25-minute initial discussion appointment during which we can discuss and explore your experience at present alongside the support you feel would be helpful for you at this time.


Within your initial discussion your practitioner will discuss with you the services we offer alongside advising you of the next steps. At times clients may benefit from further support outside of the services we offer, if this is the case your practitioner will discuss with you external services available alongside the referral processes.


Within our Oldham service we offer initial discussion appointments from a number of GP surgeries across Oldham.  For Oldham residents you can also contact your GP surgery to discuss referral options or to book an initial discussion with one of our practitioners.  


Set up a drop-in appointment

If you're interested in accessing counselling with us, then you can give us a call on 0161 330 9223 and ask us about counselling.



What to expect from our counselling sessions:

What happens during the sessions?Within your initial counselling appointment your counsellor will discuss with you any previous experiences or expectations from the counselling process.


Everyone experiences counselling differently and for some they may experience a sense of relief as they begin their counselling sessions. 


Clients may initially feel more anxious or distressed as they begin their sessions especially as they begin to bring their attention to difficult emotions or experiences.  


Everyone experiences the counselling process differently and it’s always best to share any concerns you have with your counsellor during your sessions.

What is Counselling?

What is counselling?Counselling is series of one-to-one sessions between you and your counsellor. It can help you address personal and emotional issues that may be causing you distress.


Counselling offers an opportunity to talk confidentially to someone impartial, so you are free to explore how you feel and be supported, without judgment.


It can help you to understand issues so you can make your own choices, reach your own decisions and to act on them in a way that feels right for you.

How does it work?

When you contact us; we'll invite you in for a 25-minute assessment. Once you've been to this, in most cases we'll put you on our waiting list for counselling. Sometimes we feel that some people may benefit from being referred to another service. If this is the case we will bring it up and discuss it with you, and if you like the idea we'll go through with it.


Free Service - Oldham

We'll invite you for a counselling session with one of our amazing counsellors either at our Oldham office. You will then receive 6 sessions for free.


Paid Service

  • 1-1 Counselling

How long does counselling last?

The counselling sessions last for 50 minutes, at the same time each week; unless you tell us that you us you’re on holiday or can’t make it for some sessions.


Your counsellor will talk to you more about this and plan your sessions around the breaks you need.

Will counselling work for me?

Will counselling work for me?Some people feel an immediate sense of relief when they begin counselling.


Other people may initially feel more anxious or distressed when they start because they have to pay attention to difficult feelings that, in some way, they would prefer to ignore. In this situation, they may feel worse before they feel better.


It’s always best to share any concerns you have with the counsellor about how you are reacting to counselling.

What happens when the counselling is finished?

Hopefully by the time your counselling sessions are finished, you'll notice an improvement in your mental health.

Sometimes, you may need more help.

In which case we may be able to refer you to other services.

I need help now!