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Safe & non-judgemental spaces 

"All of our rooms are calm, welcoming,

and safe.

We aim to always provide a non-judgmental and ethical practice where our community's therapeutic needs are at the

heart of what we do".  

Leann & SJ 

We are not a profit-building company, our passion is providing inclusive support for people in Gloucestershire.  To help us do this we have structured a system where our client's needs are met and our members continue to grow professionally and support each other.  Our ethos revolves around our values and respect for each other as individuals and providing inclusive and affirming support.  
There are a variety of ways someone can use our space, rooms are available to hire and can be booked ad-hoc hourly or full days.  You may be planning a course or a training day where break-out rooms would be very useful, in this case, you may find hiring the whole building a better option for you.   We offer wellbeing and CPD workshops, classes, and courses from our larger room which opens out onto a small courtyard.  These vary in size and topic, ranging from coping techniques for overwhelming stress, therapeutic skills, creative expression, support groups, and retreat days. All our courses and workshops focus on empowering self-awareness, emotional intelligence, and personal growth. 

For regular hires, you will be given a key and a link to an online diary where you can book and manage your diary as you go. If you are booking training events or workshops we ask that you contact us and we will book for you ensuring that you have what you need on the day.  If you are supporting others therapeutically you may also be interested to know that at the space we have Supervisors available, CPD training workshops, and a peer group that you are welcome to join. 

We offer Student Counsellors placements and support the final years of their training by offering placement hours, supporting our pay-what-you-can
scheme, and providing in-house supervision, both 1-1 and as a group to enhance knowledge and understanding of client's needs safely and professionally.  Qualified Counsellors assess our clients and each student counsellor is provided with a Clinical Lead to help manage the day-to-day operations of being in practice. 

To register your interest to be a volunteer or trainee counsellor needing a placement, please complete this application form and email it to us. 

If you would like to join as a practitioner at Essential Space please download our room hire agreement


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