Get help Counselling Care for the Carers offers free face-to-face counselling to support carers to cope with the emotional impact of their caring role, through its Time to Talk counselling service. Carers are offered 12 individual weekly counselling sessions, which take place at the same time and place each week at one of nine community venues across the county. The current waiting time for counselling is approximately three months, although this may vary according to a carer’s availability. Care for the Carers counsellors are volunteers, mostly in training at local colleges, or qualified, who receive regular clinical supervision. The Time to Talk Service is an organisational member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), and adheres fully to its Ethical Framework. BACP Accreditation Care for the Carers Time to Talk Counselling Service was officially accredited by BACP in June 2019 and is one of only a handful of services accredited in East Sussex. Service accreditation is a recognised quality standard for organisations providing counselling and psychotherapy services. As a BACP Accredited Service, we have successfully demonstrated that we offer an accountable, ethical, professional and responsive service to clients and professionals. See a full list of accredited services nationwide (we will be listed from July onwards). About the counselling referral When a carer is referred for counselling, an initial counselling assessment is made by our counselling coordinator over the phone, usually within two weeks of referral. Following assessment, the carer is added to the waiting list for the relevant counselling sessions and contacted when a counselling slot becomes available. To contact Gateway and request a call back, email us at [email protected], or text us on 07860 077300. How to find a therapist BACP has information about 'How to find a therapist', which you may find useful. Please note that these services would be arranged privately and most would charge a fee.