News – Counselling

Update on Service Activity

At FDAMH we always like to be transparent about our service activity. In line with previous years we have released our Services’ Half Year Report to provide a brief update on the volume of work we’ve been providing and any recent changes, developments and challenges we’ve been facing.

The report includes coverage of the continued increase in demand for services, especially Immediate Help; the positive benefits of our growing Activity Group programme; rotation of our Social Prescribing Service to reach more of our community; expansion of evening Counselling to help tackle waiting times; continued developments for both Befriending Services in response to client and volunteer feedback; strengthening support for families; improved ongoing support for volunteers; and the growing reputation of our Training Academy which is now a social enterprise.

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Tag: Activities, Befriending, Counselling, Drop-In, Family/Carers Support, FDAMH, Link/Social Prescribing Service, Training, Volunteering
25/10/2016 at 1:31 pm

Second COSCA Counselling course set due to demand

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Demand is proving so high for our COSCA accredited counselling course, staff at the centre in Victoria Road, Falkirk are delighted to be delivering a second course, starting in September.

Morag Fullard, Volunteer Training & Development Coordinator, Said “We’re really overjoyed with the response to this course so far. Before we became accredited to deliver this course, people would have had to travel to Glasgow, Edinburgh or Perth and we’re delighted that we can offer it locally. With the current course now fully subscribed, it is great that we can now offer a second”

Recognised as a baseline qualification for anyone wishing to become a counsellor, the course is also for anyone looking to develop true listening and effective communication skills as well as a valuable insight with theory and hands-on practice.

Morag added, “We know there was a demand for this course. People are becoming much more aware of the importance of improving their listening skills, whether they are a parent, a carer or an employer.”
Comprising of 4 modules, the course is delivered by an experienced trainer and fully qualified counsellor in a small group setting for 3 hours per week as well as the occasional Saturday.

Wendy Nicoll, Training Facilitator, said “Although it’s a counselling course, it’s really about advanced communication. It teaches people to listen, how to approach difficult conversations, and how to recognise if there is a problem.”

The next course will start on Thursday 1st September and will run in line with the academic year. For further information including prices, please visit or contact Morag Fullard on (01324 671 600)

Find out more about this course at

Tag: Counselling, FDAMH, Local News, Mental Health, Training
21/06/2016 at 1:40 pm

‘Responsive’ Counselling Service maintains COSCA Recognition Status

The Counselling Service has successfully undergone annual monitoring and achieved COSCA Recognition Status once again. The Assessor noted how well organised FDAMH appears to be and how responsive the organisation is to the needs of the community it serves. She was impressed by the addition of the FDAMH Training Academy to the organisation and how it offers progressive and forward-thinking wellness promoting activity. The Assessor also noted that the website is well structured, inviting and easy to navigate, being very well maintained.

Counselling Coordinator, Liz Trodden, was delighted by the comments made by the assessor and very pleased to have continued to maintain Recognition Status for another year.

Tag: Counselling, FDAMH
01/09/2015 at 12:24 pm

Counselling Re-opens Waiting List

It was with regret that we had to close the waiting list for our core counselling service earlier on in the year. This was due to the long waits that clients were facing. We are pleased to be able to announce that we have now re-opened the list and are accepting new referrals for adults aged 25 and over. Due to separate funding counselling for those aged 16 to 24 has remained available throughout the period and continues to be so. More information about how to access counselling is available on our counselling page via the services menu.

Tag: Counselling
22/04/2015 at 2:42 pm

Temporary Closure of Counselling Service Waiting List

Regretfully, demand for free counselling has continued to outstrip what we are able to provide and clients are once again facing unacceptable waiting times. To help us reduce waiting times we have taken the difficult decision to temporarily close the waiting list from 30th January 2015. Anyone currently on our waiting list will be offered an appointment as soon as a counsellor is available. Please note that Young Person’s counselling is funded separately and we are able to continue to provide free, prompt access to counselling for people aged 16 to 24. Our fee-paying Fast Track service also continues to be available to anyone who wishes to pay for their counselling. We will post a notice on our website as soon as the situation changes.

Tag: Counselling
21/01/2015 at 2:04 pm

Counselling Service Achieves Eighth Year of COSCA Recognition

We are delighted to have received COSCA (Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland) Recognition for our Counselling Service again this year. This means that we have been assessed as meeting the standards of COSCA’s quality assurance scheme, including adherence to COSCA’s Statement of Ethics and Code of Practice. It is important to have confidence in services that can have a significant impact on people’s lives, so COSCA recognition is reassuring for the people who use, work and volunteer with the service. Congratulations to the whole team for maintaining our ‘COSCA Recognised’ status for our eighth year!

Tag: Counselling
04/09/2014 at 12:04 pm