Tameside and Glossop Counselling
At Tameside, Oldham and Glossop Mind we offer a free counselling service for people aged 16+ who live in Tameside and Glossop.
Our counselling service has been in Tameside for over 30 years, we recruit our counsellors who have studied or are studying at the best Universities and Colleges in the North West and we’re members of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) who are the broadest and largest counselling body in the UK.
Counselling can help if you are feeling low, but if you are currently experiencing a crisis you should refer to our crisis page. We are also listed on the counselling directory at: www.counselling-directory.org.uk, where you can find lots of other information about support.
Oldham and other Areas
Live outside of Tameside and Glossop? We have an alternative pathway for residents who don't live in the area.
If you're interested in accessing counselling with us, there are a variety of ways that you can refer with us. You can office [at] togmind.org (subject: Counselling%20Enquiry%20) (send us an email) to discuss options, or you can call us on 0161 330 9223 and ask us about counselling.
We also have an Online Referral form accessible through this website that you can fill in and send to us.
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.
When you contact us via the website through our Online Referral form, by telephone, or office [at] togmind.org (subject: Counselling%20Enquiry%20) (via email); we’ll invite you in for 25-minute assessment. Once you’ve been to this, in most cases we’ll put you on our waiting list for counselling.
We’ll invite you for a counselling session with one of our amazing counsellors either at our Ashton or Glossop office, depending on which one you have chosen. You will then receive 7 sessions for free.
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.
We will always ask for permission beforehand.
This depends on what you want to talk about.
Most people come to us because they are experiencing a problem they want to talk through. Our counsellors won’t force you to talk about something you don’t want.
We’re not here to give you advice, but to help you to look at and understand issues in ways that help you to make your own choices, reach your own decisions and to act on them in a way that feels right for you
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.
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.
Hopefully by the time your counselling sessions are finished, you'll notice an improvement in your mental health.
Sometimes, you may need more help.
For £25 per session we can offer “Top-Up” sessions to clients coming to the end of their course of therapy. However, we understand that not everybody will be able to afford that and if they are still feeling they need more help, the counsellor can recommend what might be the best thing to do next.