Counsellor - Sexual Health

Helpline (Tuesdays 3:45 - 4:15) - 01422 305554

Laura Mitchell Health Centre
Great Albion Street,
Halifax,
HX1 1YR.

Counselling in Sexual Health entails the discussion of any aspect of sexuality which seeks to improve sexual, physical or mental health and ability to function. It includes:

  • Sexual activity, risk reduction

  • Sexuality, sexual identity of orientation

  • Relationship, negotiation and communication, risk reduction

  • Unintended, particularly teenage, pregnancy

  • Sexually transmitted infections, Hepatitis C reduction

  • HIV pre and post test counselling

  • Support for those infected and affected with HIV

  • Disease, physical problems, dysfunction

  • Sexual trauma

WHY?

The objectives of this service relate to government strategies and targets, specifically the Sexual Health & HIV, Mental Health and Teenage Pregnancy Strategies. They include:

  • To reduce levels of sexually transmitted infections and HIV

  • To reduce the level of undiagnosed HIV infection

  • To reduce unintended teenage pregnancy

  • To reduce mental ill-health, self-harm, suicide and substance misuse where this relates to sexuality

HOW?

Through offering:

  • Counselling (individual and couple) long & short-term

  • Helpline, telephone counselling and group work where appropriate

  • Sexual health education/skills work with individuals or groups at risk, particularly young people, and those who are vulnerable or ‘hard to reach’

  • Training, education & consultancy to (and collaborative work with) other professionals

WHERE?

  • Residential settings, drug agencies, GP surgeries, community organisations

  • Hospital wards & outpatient departments (HIV pre- and post test counselling)

  • Outreach - in schools, healthfares, youth groups, events

  • Home visits - where necessary

REFERRAL BASIS ONLY

Information on referral process:

  • Referrers will usually be offered an initial client assessment period rather than a firm agreement to work with the client for a specified number of sessions; or indeed any commitment to undertaking work with the client. Following assessment, the Counsellor and Client will jointly review how best to achieve therapeutic change.

  • Appointments will usually be offered within 10 weeks bur urgent cases can be seen sooner.

  • Referrals are taken on the understanding that the counselling process is confidential and that details of the client’s situation will not be communicated back to referrers, unless the client wishes to do this him/herself.

  • In some cases it will be indicated at referral stage that it would be in the Client’s best interest to work in collaboration with another professional or agency. This will only be done with the Client’s consent. In very unusual circumstances collaborative working may be a condition of acceptance of a referral.

  • After assessment, and with the /client’s agreement, it might be appropriate for the Counsellor to suggest referral to another agency/service, specialist support group, etc., appropriate to their needs.