MS-UK Counselling is confidential and is for people who have a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS), and is the only service of its kind available in the UK.
Counselling is a talking therapy. It gives you the opportunity to talk and reflect in a confidential and supportive space with a qualified counsellor who is registered or accredited with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). MS-UK is a BACP organisational member and our number is 275169.
Counsellors do not offer advice or tell you what to do but help you to talk about your experiences to make it easier to find a way forward.
Your mental health and emotional wellbeing are linked to your experience of MS so our counsellors have had training about living with MS.
Counsellors help you to explore how MS may be affecting your wellbeing and how you are adapting emotionally.
MS-UK Counselling can support you with:
- a mental health issue such as anxiety, low mood or depression
- coming to terms with your MS diagnosis
- a difficult transition such as a relapse, change of symptoms or a move to a different environment
- a life event such as work-related stress, relationship difficulties or bereavement
- emotions such as guilt, anger, low self-esteem and confidence
Building a relationship with your counsellor is important in order to get the most out of the process. It can take a number of sessions before you start to see change but over time with support from your counsellor the results can be very positive.
You will have six sessions that are on the same day and time each week, last 50 minutes, and can be delivered over the phone or via a video link.
How to register for counselling
If you are interested in MS-UK Counselling, you can register your interest by using our online form. This is an encrypted form.
How to make a referral
If you are a health professional, you can make a referral on behalf of a patient using our online form.
Refer a patient
For questions about the service, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01206 226500.
Have you already used MS-UK Counselling?
If you have already used MS-UK Counselling, we would love to know your thoughts about the service. Please take our evaluation survey online today.
There is no fixed fee for MS-UK Counselling sessions. However, any contributions towards your sessions will help sustain the service in the long term. We suggest a minimum donation of £5 per session.
You can call us on 01206 226500 to make a donation using a credit card over the phone.
You can donate a one-off gift of £5, £10 or £20
Text MSUK5 to 70456 to donate £5
Text MSUK10 to 70456 to donate £10
Text MSUK20 to 70456 to donate £20
You will be charged £5, £10 or £20 by your network provider plus one message at your standard network rate. MS-UK will receive 100% of the donation.
By texting your gift e.g. “MSUK10” to 70456 you are agreeing to us contacting you by phone and SMS to tell you more about our work and how you can support it. To give without receiving further contact by phone and SMS, add the word ‘NO’ e.g. ‘MSUK10 NO’ to 70456. 100% of your text donation will be received by us. You must be 16 years old or over to send a text donation. For full terms and conditions click here.
You can donate by posting a cheque. Please make your cheque payable to MS-UK and send it to MS-UK, Unsworth House, Hythe Quay, Colchester, Essex CO2 8JF.
You can make a donation directly to our bank account. Please put your name and the word ‘counselling’ where possible and email email@example.com once payment has been made to our bank account.
Our bank details are:
Account name: MS-UK
Account number: 41623508
Sort code: 402310
You can make a donation online using the box below. Donations are received via PayPal.