We provide confidential counselling to support clergy and their families in times of personal difficulty.
The Counselling and Wellbeing service is a professional, free service and is independent of church structures.
Clergy, their spouses and children can all use the service, which is funded from trusts established specifically for couples and families. Counselling for couples and families is also available.
Sue Yabsley is the Adviser for this service. She works in Taunton from a private clinic and is happy to be contacted for any difficulties, large or small.
Sue is supported by Keith Thomas as her Assistant Adviser, who lives and works in Wells. Keith is a psychotherapist with a private practice in Wells and Bath.
The service is well used and requests have included:
- Personal or professional relationship difficulties
- Stress in the clergy home
- Depression, anxiety or other mental health issues
- Loss and bereavement
- Financial worries
- Tiredness, insomnia, overwork
- Unresolved traumas
- Managing change
- Long term illness
- Low confidence and poor self-esteem
Counselling offers a safe and confidential place in which to reflect, without rush, on issues that are concerning you. Counsellors are trained to listen and engage in a sympathetic, respectful and non-judgemental way with how a person is feeling, to provide a safe and confidential environment for reflection.
If you contact Keith or Sue, they will first discuss your situation with you, and together decide the right way forward. This usually means a meeting, which will be followed by ongoing support if required. They may suggest referral to one of a range of therapists around the diocese who are all accredited senior practitioners and hold an up to date DBS disclosure. This enables greater flexibility to meet your needs and location.
This service is available to clergy and their families, and Keith and Sue welcome enquiries from anyone needing help at any given time. There are child and adolescent, and couples specialists available within our therapists referral system.