Orkney Alcohol Counselling & Advisory Service

Registered Charity Number: SC034585
Orkney Islands

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A long-established, independent, one-to-one Counselling organisation serving the people of Orkney. Our specialism is substance (principally Alcohol) misuse work and we have assisted many over the years address their issues connected with excessive use, to reduce use or abstain.

However we are the first to recognise that substance use problems seldom come on their own - and that other issues - relationships (partners, parental, working etc.), anger, low mood/depression, eating disorders, grief, abuse, self-harm, suicidal ideation are often involved, or are triggers. We offer talking therapy for these difficulties too and aim to prevent the onset of more problematic substance misuse.

At present we employ 3 full-time and 4 part-time workers: Manager, Administrator, Clinical Intake Counsellor, 2 Youth Counsellors,Group Facilitator, and Offenders' Rehabilitation worker  -  plus a bank of 8 volunteer Counsellors. We work with about 500 individuals a year, more than 80% of whom advise that our intervention has been beneficial to their mental and physical wellbeing.

About 40% of our referrals are from GPs, 30% are from the client themselves, the rest from a mixture of social work, housing, NHS Orkney.

Cousellors deploy a range of styles, but broadly we are person-centred. There for as long as the client needs us, and ready to accompany them wherever they want to go

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Orkney Alcohol Counselling & Advisory Service 6 Bridge Street Wynd

Orkney Islands
KW15 1JD

Phone: 01856 874738


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