Wellness Counselling Service

Our Wellness Counselling Service provides free, confidential counselling to individuals affected by long-term use of antidepressants, sleeping pills, other benzodiazepine tranquillisers and non benzodiazepine z-drugs. This includes:

(a)   Anyone at any stage of the withdrawal process who feels counselling could be beneficial, including those commencing their taper, currently tapering or completely off their medication.

(b)   Individuals who have partially or fully recovered but are finding it difficult to let go of the experience, move on, return to work and reintegrate into society.

(c)   Family members of individuals at any stage of withdrawal who are affected and feel the need for the extra support counselling provides.



Counselling is an effective way of helping people in a safe confidential manner.  Seeking help will empower you to find ways of coping. If you are already recovered it will help you to examine your deeper feelings, to discover for yourself new outlooks on life and be assisted to make difficult choices.  It can also result in discovery of new and different ways of responding to the pressures of day to day living and the manner in which personal relationships work. If you are in withdrawal and think you may benefit from counselling, it is best to see a therapist who is knowledgeable about withdrawal and understands the process.


Central to our Wellness Counselling Service’s ethos is a policy regarding access to therapy for everyone affected by these prescribed drugs. A self-referral procedure ensures that those eligible can make direct contact with the organisation.  There is a particular commitment to working with individuals who might otherwise find it difficult to obtain this kind of help given the limited resources currently available and the lack of understanding and knowledge regarding this type of dependency and withdrawal.


We are based in Cardiff, South Wales and we offer telephone counselling. Our counsellors are British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) members and operate under their “Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy”.

All counselling begins with an assessment so that both you and the assessor can ensure that counselling is right for you.  We offer our clients once-a-week 30-minute counselling sessions. Once there are available places clients are normally able to begin their counselling one or two weeks after the initial assessment. Depending on demands we may at times have waiting lists in which case clients will be paired with counsellors on a “first come, first served” basis.


Going to see a counsellor for the first time can often feel daunting. You probably feel hesitant about sharing personal information with a complete stranger. We fully understand this and as such all of our counsellors are trained to listen to you. They do not give advice or pass judgement. We encourage our clients to begin counselling when they are in a position to attend their first 4 appointments without interruption or long breaks between sessions, otherwise their counselling will be less helpful to them.