Welcome to Derwent Rural Counselling Service. We are a mental health charity with service centres in Derby and Derbyshire.
If you are considering speaking to someone about how you are feeling, we have a team of highly qualified and experienced therapists ready to help you. You do not have to cope alone. We can help you decide on the right choice of therapy for you or offer advice if you are worried about a friend, colleague or loved one.
Predominantly we work with Talking Mental Health Derbyshire offering funded psychological therapies for people seeking help with their mental health.
We are widely spread across Derbyshire providing a local service for you. We operate from Alfreton, Bakewell, Belper, Chesterfield, Derby, Ilkeston and Long Eaton.
Should you need immediate support, please call the Derbyshire Mental Health Helpline and Support Service on 0800 028 0077 which is a freephone service available to everyone living in Derbyshire - both young people and adults. It is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
We can support you with your personal difficulties by offering a range of interventions and options that would be best suited for you. We offer the following therapies:
Sometimes simply talking openly and freely about your problems in a friendly, understanding and confidential environment can work wonders. Counselling can help you understand why you feel the way you do, and develop your own unique path to positive change. It can help you manage if you’re dealing with things like anxiety, depression or bereavement. It can also help you to explore issues like sexual identity and relationship difficulties. The number of sessions you may need can vary but usually it is about 8 sessions which last around 50 minutes per session.
DRCS can offer Counselling for Depression which is an evidence-based treatment approved by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) for people experiencing symptoms of depression. This approach targets the emotional problems underlying depression, helping you to develop an understanding of these problems in order to overcome them. The aim is to help explore any underlying feelings, make sense of them, and reflect on the new meanings that emerge.
DRCS can also offer Integrative counselling which draws on techniques from different types of therapy to tailor an approach specifically for you. An integrative counsellor believes there isn’t just one therapeutic approach that can help a client in all situations. Instead, they take into account you as an individual and your circumstances, and use elements of different approaches to help you explore and cope with your problems.
You can Self-refer with the simple online form or call 0800 047 6861. You will be offered an assessment appointment initially via telephone. The assessment will determine which form of therapy will be the best to support you. You will go on to a waiting list for the therapy appropriate for you.
You will be offered the option to go forward with either funded treatment through Talking Mental Health Derbyshire or through our direct service, where a fee of £60 per session has been introduced which enables us to support you quickly and directly. DRCS will aim to support all who come to us for help and may be able to offer reduced rates if you’re receiving benefits. Please contact the office to find out more.
When being offered an appointment for your treatment therapy, you can choose a convenient day and time, whether it is carried out over the telephone or by a video platform and, also the choice of a male or female therapist to suit your needs. Please see the statement at the bottom of the home page regarding service delivery during the COVID pandemic.