Mayor of Sefton helps launch Southport counselling service The Philippi Trust

A SPECIAL counselling service has expanded in Southport with the help of mental health advocate the Mayor of Sefton.

Launched on Lord Street recently, the Philippi Trust is a Christian Charitable Trust which offers both counselling and counselling training.

Cllr Iain Brodie Brown, the Mayor of Sefton was on hand to help give a boost to the opening of the trust’s new centre which joins other sites in Bolton, St Helens, Blackpool and elsewhere in the North West.

Philippi Trust have previously operated in Southport out of a small room at the Lakeside Christian Centre, but their expansion heralds a new era for the charity.

A spokesperson for the Philippi Trust said: “We also have Philippi International with branches in Namibia, South Africa, Germany and Ireland. Our website is http://www.philippitrust.com

“We have been operating in Southport for the last few years out of one room in Lakeside Christian Centre, but with the addition of a number of new counsellors, we were struggling with the limitations that created.

“We moved to our new premises at 419 Lord Street, and we now have 2 counselling rooms and a Family Therapy Suite where we can see couples and children.

“We also have a Training area where we hope to run counselling courses in the near future.

“Our counselling rooms are also available for hire, on application. Our qualified counsellors all offer their time voluntarily, but we also offer placements for University and College students to come on placement to complete the hours required to qualify.

“ Our hours of opening are Monday 9am – 2pm, and Tuesday/Thursday 9am – 8pm and anyone can come for counselling, whether of faith or of no faith, by either phoning us on 01704 807660 or by completing the e-form on our website.

“Unlike private counselling centres, who can charge between £35-£55 per hour, we operate on a donation basis, where we encourage clients to give within their financial ability.”