TUK Counselling and Psychotherapy Placement Service
TransmissionUK offers clinical placements for trainees on accepted training courses providing a low cost counselling service for the community at large. We select suitably qualified, talented counsellors and psychotherapists to help us create a safe therapeutic environment and we take the welfare of our clients very seriously. Similarly to all the services we fund, those hoping to access the service will need to be on benefits or a low income. If you would like to discuss receiving counselling from a trainee counsellor/ psychotherapist please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Further information available here.
We have partnered with Poplar Harca to provide weekly , one hour free counselling to their local residents and workers. Please visit the TUKCP page to find out more about the partnership.
We currently co-operate with these organisations in our beneficiary work:
The Mind Body Group
Newham Bereavement Drop In
City and Hackney Mind
Wellspring Complementary Health Centre
Worcester Aids Foundation
The Pearl Centre
TransmissionUK is in partnership with The MindBody Group, an organisation supporting complementary therapy which houses the following businesses:
- The MindBody Therapy Centre – based in Forest Hill, SE23 within Energie Fitness Club
- The MindBody Team of Therapists – a group of therapists and well being professionals
- MindBody Beauty
- One Energy Workshops
The MindBody Group are the therapy arm of TransmissionUK and its members are all fully qualified therapists. To quote Devon Burke who is one of the founders of the Group:
“All the Therapists in our centre/teams are fully qualified in their discipline, fully insured and where applicable, members of their complementary therapy association. They are here to offer you a premium service. We are delighted when our clients leave the centre (or we leave people at a company, club or school) feeling like they not only got value for money but also a treatment worth speaking about and sharing with others.”
Separate from The MindBody Group’s normal practice and other community work, they have started the MindBody Low Cost Clinic at the centre, in partnership with TransmissionUK. As a partnership we also work in other areas of London to enhance the health and well being in local communities. We provide therapeutic treatments for those who are suffering in the community but cannot afford treatment. It is the intention of The MindBody Group to use their skills to reach the lives of people with disabilities, life-threatening conditions and long-term conditions, as well as those in less threatening circumstances. This partnership is a great step forward in the fulfilment of this intention and both parties look forward to continuing a long and successful relationship.
Newham Bereavement Drop In provides information, advice and support to all those affected by a family bereavement who are living in the London borough of Newham. It is a much needed base for people to gather to seek comfort and solace with those who have had similar experiences and understand the grief process. It provides regular advice and counselling sessions, as well as complementary therapies which offer relaxation and rejuvenation in a safe and confidential environment.
For more information, you can visit their website here.
Monica is the current holistic therapist there. She works as a massage therapist and who also has counselling training being able to work with any psychological and emotional issues that may arise during treatment, which is often the case when dealing with loss. The Drop In Centre work with a holistic model for the bereaved, similar to TUK, where they offer both counselling and massage to every one of their beneficiaries. As well as funding Monica, TUK also provides two of its counsellors to assist in the service on a weekly basis.
Nevres Niyazi has worked as a resident therapist there:
“My name is Nevres and I am qualified in Reflexology and Indian Head Massage. I provide therapies to service users at the Bereavement Drop In on a monthly basis, which is funded by TransmissionUK. This is very much appreciated by everyone at the Centre, as it gives people a chance to receive physical and emotional care through relaxation and treatment. I also have some listening and counselling skills which are utilised during my time at the Centre. Many of the users would not access this kind of support normally. I really believe it is an essential service for people trying to adjust to life without a loved one and come to terms with their loss.”
AJ England has been working at St. Mungo’s homeless hostel in Covent Garden this year, to provide ongoing complementary healthcare to a key group of hostel residents. The people experience a range of health and social problems, as well as homelessness. These include anxiety and depression, schizophrenia and drug and alcohol issues. Due to the nature of homelessness and transient nature of the client group it may not always be possible to treat the same residents every time, but AJ is hoping to provide continual reflexology and Indian head massage treatments. St. Mungo’s ” support homeless people in their recovery - opening the door to safe housing, drug and alcohol support and physical and mental health care. We provide more help for homeless people in gaining life skills than any other charity – from job training to independent living skills in our ‘semi-independent’ houses.”
This Local Mind Association provides services for the residents of London Boroughs of City, Hackney and Newham. They provide a holistic range of services to support service users with the mental health challenges they face to enable them to feel more independent and empowered to function more effectively in society. AJ England is providing reflexology for the members of staff at the Association four times a month currently.
Our partnership with Hestia, a charity helping vulnerable across London since the 1970’s, where our qualified counsellor and reflexologist provides holistic support in one of Hestia’s projects for woman that have suffered domestic violence.
TransmissionUK will be funding Tui Na Massage and other holistic therapies for the children, parents and carers at Kids Company in the coming weeks as one of our new projects. More information about the services Kids Company provide can be found on their website. The therapies will be provided by Katie St. George, acupuncturist and massage therapist:
“Thanks to TUK, each Friday for the last month I have been able to treat the kids, teenagers, mothers and staff at Kidscompany. The last months work has involved a surprising amount of treatment for teenagers. Many of these teenagers are struggling with constantly feeling angry and being unable to control this. One teenager is suffering from nightmares, another from insomnia and anxiety. Due to these pressure some of the teens have been resorting to addictive behaviour and self-harm. During the sessions they are treated with acupuncture, moxibustion and tui na massage. Already during the month I have seen great improvements in their health and general behaviour. One of the most important factors is that they are able to come regularly and build up a trusting relationship, as well as a positive attitude towards their health and their bodies. So far the teenagers have come back week after week for treatment. Each session implements the idea of self-care and is an empowering way for these young adults to start playing an active role in their health. The sessions offer them a chance to connect with themselves on a deep level in a safe environment. I have also been treating some mothers at the centre. One mother has been suffering from depression, long-standing auto-immune disease as well as the loss of her only child. She has found the acupuncture to be very beneficial to her health and has been improving slowly but surely. As always the kids, ages 5-11, have been coming for regular massage treatments. This is a time for the children to have a quiet, peaceful and nurturing space with focused attention.”
Louise Metcalfe is the founder of Enliven Holistics, providing a mobile complementary therapy service in Birmingham. Louise practices Swedish Body Massage, Aromatherapy Massage, Hot Stone Massage, Indian Head Massage, Reflexology & Ear Candling. Louise is a fully qualified and insured practitioner. She has been working in the alternative health industry for seven years. Before qualifying she worked in independent health stores, going on to work for a supplement manufacturer, where she advised customers on health products and nutrition. She loves everything healthy and blogs and tweets regular about health-related subjects.
Wellspring Complementary Health Centre is a group of independent, qualified practitioners offering a range of complementary therapies in the Sheffield area. They promote high quality, holistic complementary healthcare and are experienced in their individual practice.
The Worcester AIDS Foundation provide a range of practical and emotional support for anyone infected, affected or simply worried about HIV. Part of this support is providing access to complementary therapies and TransmissionUK are currently funding a massage therapist to provide treatments. Massage can help people with HIV/ AIDS relieve chronic muscle tension and ease the emotional and mental stress that accompany the illness.
The Worcester AIDS Foundation support people living in Worcestershire and Herefordshire. Here’s a piece from Ian, therapist at WAF:
“The clients I have treated at the Worcester Foundation have reported feeling more relaxed and less “stressed” than usual and in many cases this has lasted several days following the aromatherapy treatment. Several have said that they have felt generally “healthier and fitter” and found it easier to take their medication on a regular basis because the treatment has reduced side effects therefore they feel more confident about taking the medication. One client felt that he picked up fewer viral infections or, when he did have a virus he felt less unwell with it and recovered faster. Some of the clients also have cancer which is HIV related and have found the treatment to be particularly helpful in terms of pain management.
There is of course sound evidence based on clinical research and many trials which show how effective the use of essential oils can be in the treatment of the symptoms, side-effects and opportunistic infections which accompany HIV and this has been born out by the verbal feedback I have had from clients of the Worcester Foundation.
I greatly appreciate the opportunity Transmission UK has provided, allowing me to work with clients from the Worcester Foundation and observe the positive effects which the treatment has upon them. It has allowed me the experience to learn first hand the type of treatments which are particularly beneficial when treating clients with HIV. I think TUK are doing a great job by funding this programme.”
Victoria is working with beneficiaries through The Pearl Centre, an autism resource and information in Truro, Cornwall, registered under the Safe Places scheme. The users of this centre can benefit from the art therapy Victoria can provide and were unable to access any funding for it which is where TransmissionUK stepped in.
HealingUK is a charity established in 2010 which is supported by TransmissionUK to provide complementary healthcare and therapeutic workshops for people with life-limiting conditions and those affected by homelessness. TransmissionUK subsidises HealingUK by paying for all of its administrative and fundraising campaign costs.
Through the TUKCP we also fund:
Vivianne Molina – Art Psychotherapist
Vivianne will be providing twenty sessions of art therapy to each client. Here’s a bit about her, taken from her website:
”I am Viviana Molina Rico, an HCPC registered, Art Psychotherapist from Goldsmiths, University of London. I hold a degree in Psychology, a minor in Visual Arts and Arts in General from the Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia. Over the past years I have worked with children, adolescents and adults by delivering Art Therapy sessions in the mental health and educational areas. The joy I find in working as an Art Therapist comes from seeing how people are able to heal and grow through art making.
Throughout my career as a Psychologist and Art Therapist, I have had the privilege of working with a diverse group of people. I have worked with children diagnosed with emotional and behavioural , speech and language difficulties, ADHD, drug and alcohol abuse, psychosis, autism and depression; in groups and individually. I also have experience of working with adults (in groups and individually) diagnosed with emotional and behavioural difficulties, Aspergers Syndrome and Schizophrenia.”
“Art Therapy consists of using art materials to express and work through concerns, issues and problems. Creative expression is helpful for healthy human development and recovery from mental distress. The aim of art therapy is to help children and adults draw on their inner, creative resources while exploring personal issues with a trained art therapist in a safe, contained space.”
“The process of art making provides a spontaneous and non-verbal form of communication that children and adults find helpful when expressing difficult emotions. Those who find it hard to express their worries and feelings in words, find that Art Therapy helps them with talking about anxieties and emotional distress caused by family relationships, fears, significant changes, separation and loss.”
If you’re interested in how art therapy can help, there’s some great client videos on the British Association of Art Therapists website.