Further Expansion at Lincoln Counselling Hub

L-R: The Hu’s Co-founder/Director Alex Parkin, Business Development Manager Charlie Blackwell and Co-founder/Director Naomi Watkins

Two more counsellors have joined the 26-strong team working out of a Lincoln counselling centre – boosting its wide-ranging expertise.

The NWCH (Naomi Watkins Counselling Hub) now has 20 counsellors, along with six support staff, based out of the Community Interest Company’s two buildings on the city’s Allenby Road Industrial Estate.

The CIC has only been going for 15 months, but it got off to a flying start.  Within months of launching it received a £25,000 grant from The Bromhead Medical Charity, enabling it to offer free counselling to more young people in need.

Earlier this year, that was swiftly followed with an award of £60,000 from The Key Fund, which allowed the Hub’s Directors Naomi Watkins and Alex Parkin to create more counselling rooms and lease a second building, which has become its dedicated training centre.

News of the latest additions to the Hub’s team of professionals also coincides with Naomi and Alex seeing a rise in the number people enquiring about paid-for counselling services.

Naomi Watkins said: “Our newest specialist counsellors are Robin Thain and Christopher Morris. Robin is from Lincolnshire and he mainly works with adult males.  His specialism is helping people suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

“Christopher is from Mansfield.  He primarily works with young people and specialises in helping those with Special Educational Needs.  It is great to have them both part of our team. Their arrival has also created a more even balance between the overall make-up of our men and women experts.

In its first year NWCH received more than 310 referrals from charity organisations, schools, Macmillan Nurses, GPs, drug and alcohol services and other medical professionals. Demand saw the CIC expand to have six counselling rooms and go on to lease its second building.

“We remain extremely busy and we are seeing no let-up in the demand for our services. However, what is noticeable is a rise in the number of adults thinking of paying privately for counselling, rather than going through the NHS. We believe this is because they get to see a fully qualified professional within a week,” said Naomi.

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