Counselling Services

Our Counsellors

Many of our counsellors are trained in more than one of the many issues people may encounter. So unlike a lot of other counselling services where you may only be able to receive help for one issue, we can deal with a multitude of issues.

Quick & Easy Access

Mental health is a broad and complex issue, there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach. At Platform 1 we realise that just trying to access help for mental health problems can be a trauma in itself. As a result of hearing peoples experiences we have tried to make things as easy as possible. One phone call or one referral is all that it takes to set the ball rolling. On your first visit you will be allocated to the person best suited to support you with your difficulties. This may be a Counsellor, Crisis Support or a Welfare Worker. That person will support you throughout your Mental Health Recovery meaning that you will always speak to the same person.

If you would like to join one of these groups please fill in the forms attached or phone us on 01484 421143.

Bereavement Counselling

Our bereavement service differs from other services in that your initial point of contact can be immediately after the death occurs.

Platform 1 recognises that when a loved one dies the related shock can result in the family finding it difficult to deal with the practical issue such as organising the funeral directors along with other legal issues. Alongside our bereavement welfare team who deal with the practicalities we then offer our counselling service.

Following bereavement people can experience many difficult emotions; sadness, fear, anger, relief for someone who was suffering, shock following an unexpected death and many more emotions we may not be able to describe. Our counsellors understand the complexity of feelings following a loss and the need to talk about the deceased in a neutral environment where they have no fear of upsetting anyone else.

    Trauma and PTSD

    People who experience trauma may have difficulty in managing the wide range of thoughts and feelings which result from a traumatic event. These can include flashbacks, sleeping difficulties, catastrophizing, feeling on edge, guilt or shame, anxiety, depression, anger, and many more. Whilst some people can recover from a trauma, for others this may prove to be more difficult and can result in PTSD (post Traumatic Stress Disorder). It is at this point that the trauma can prove to have a debilitating effect on an individuals life. This can result in people developing unhealthy coping strategies such as addiction or developing behaviours which interfere with their every day life, such as isolating themselves from others causing relationship difficulties.

    Our counsellors work with a wide variety of trauma. These can range from negative childhood experience such as domestic, emotional or sexual abuse, to a past or recent bereavement or rape. The effects of trauma can often go unrecognised by our clients until they explore why they are currently feeling or behaving in a particular way.


      Addiction is often the result of an individual trying to find a way of coping with a past or current event as a way of blocking out our memories and associated feelings. Our counsellors work with individuals who are seeking help with their addiction effectively themselves. By giving individuals the support and time to recognise the links between unsolved difficulties and why they are abusing alcohol or drugs they begin to develop healthier coping strategies.

        Depression and Anxiety

        Both depression and anxiety present at Platform 1 on a daily basis and can have a debilitating effect on a person’s ability to maintain a healthy and happy personal and work life. Our counsellors help individuals to explore their fears and in doing so, support them to develop healthy strategies and self care techniques to cope with their conditions.

        These are only a snap shot of the conditions that we work with on a regular basis. We encounter such a wide range of issues and deal with a wide range of age ranges.

          Continued Support

          Our support doesn’t finish when the counselling ends, we have a multitude of support groups all delivered from our, ‘Training Trains’ which are situated in Huddersfield railway station. These groups are often peer led but with the addition of having qualified staff on site just as extra support.

          Support Groups