Visit to new HOPE Counselling Service

Hope Counselling, one of Aberdeen’s latest social enterprises, welcomed Dame Anne Begg MP who visited their new service on Friday 17th August 2012. HOPE counselling is a charity which has been recently set up to provide a high quality and affordable counselling service for Aberdeen and surrounding areas. HOPE offers counselling to adults and young people aged 16 years and above, from an easily accessible city centre location, with free parking, disabled access and currently minimal waiting lists.

Dame Anne Begg MP with Hope Counsellors (from back left to right) Dr Tricia Kiehlman, Mrs Joyce Leys, Mrs Carolyn Rae, Dr Lesley Stewart
Dame Anne Begg MP with Hope Counsellors (from back left to right) Dr Tricia Kiehlman, Mrs Joyce Leys, Mrs Carolyn Rae, Dr Lesley Stewart

HOPE Director, Dr Tricia Kiehlmann, said: “We believe that we can help people find hope in even the most difficult of times – hence our name.”

The four counsellors within Hope are trained to Diploma level, all with an extensive background in the NHS. Hope Counselling offers counselling for a wide range of problems including: depression, anxiety, stress, relationship problems, Abuse, Adult sexual abuse, Grief, loss and bereavement and spiritual issues.

Following her visit, Dame Anne said: “It is clear that this service is meeting a need in Aberdeen for high quality counselling which can be accessed through self-referral without having to wait too long for an appointment.

“Counselling can help in a whole range of circumstances when often the best medicine is to talk.”

HOPE operates a means-related scale of charges and relies on charitable donations to support the service for those who are not in a position to pay full costs. The ethos of HOPE lies within the Christian tradition, and their service is available to those of any faith and none.

HOPE Counselling has offices in the Life Centre, Caroline Place (formerly the CLAN Building), which also houses a newly refurbished cafe where people can enjoy a drink if waiting.

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