Cowbridge: 01446 772383

Llantwit Major: 01446 794080

St Athan: 01446 751751

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Novel Coronavirus (COVID 19) – advice for patients

The latest advice is to self-isolate for 7 days if you have a new continuous cough or high temperature.

If you live with other people, the entire household should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person gets symptoms.

If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days. If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.

If you are worried about symptoms of Coronavirus you should use the NHS Direct Wales online symptom checker at

You should only call 111 if the symptom checker advises you to.

Please do not attend your GP surgery, community pharmacy or A&E department if you have any symptoms of Novel Coronavirus to stop the spread of infection.

You can help stop the spread of Novel Coronavirus by ensuring you practise good hygiene. Cough and sneeze into a tissue, bin it and immediately wash your hands with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds.

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With immediate effect the Practice will only be offering telephone appointments, where the GP or Nurse will then decide whether you need to be seen at the surgery.









What is Counselling?

Counselling is a type of talking therapy that allows a person to talk about their problems and feelings in a confidential and dependable environment.

A counsellor is trained to listen with empathy (by putting themselves in your shoes). They can help you deal with any negative thoughts and feelings you have.

Sometimes the term “counselling” is used to refer to talking therapies in general, but counselling is also a type of therapy in its own right.

Other psychological therapies include psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), and relationship therapy, which could be between members of a family, a couple, or work colleagues.

Read more about other psychological therapies.

What is counselling used for?

Talking therapies such as counselling can be used to help with many different mental health conditions, including:

Counselling can help you:

Counselling can often involve talking about difficult or painful feelings and, as you begin to face them, you may feel worse in some ways. However, with the help and support of your therapist, you should gradually start to feel better.

In most cases, it takes a number of sessions before the counselling starts to make a difference, and a regular commitment is required to make the best use of the therapy.

For further information see:

NHS Counsellor

The Practice can refer you an NHS Counsellor. Please speak to your GP if you feel you may need a referral.


If you’re referred for counselling or another psychological therapy through the NHS, it will be free of charge. However, your choice of the type of therapy may be limited. If you have a preference for the type of therapy you receive, or the time or location of your appointments, you may choose to look for a private therapist.

If you decide to pay to see a private therapist, make sure they’re qualified and you feel comfortable with them. The cost of private counselling can vary considerably. Depending on where you live, a session can cost between £10 and £70. Some therapists may be willing to adjust their fees in accordance with your income.

Many private counsellors offer an initial free session and concessionary rates for students, job seekers and those on low wages. You should ask about charges and agree a price before starting a course of counselling.

Charities and voluntary organisations

Some charities and voluntary organisations also offer counselling. These organisations usually specialise in a particular area, such as couples counselling, bereavement, or family guidance.


You may also be able to access support groups through your local community, church, or social services.

Finding a qualified counsellor

Most reputable counsellors will be registered with a professional organisation that has been accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) (a government body), such as the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) or The National Counselling Society.

Counselling and clinical psychologists must be registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC), and may also be chartered with The British Psychological Society (BPS). The British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) maintains a list of accredited CBT practitioners.

Therapists registered with a professional association have met the PSA’s high standards for governance, standard setting, education and training, information, management and complaints. They must also maintain high ethical and professional standards. This gives the public greater protection, and guarantees a minimum level of training and continuing professional development.

You can find a therapist near you by using the postcode search on the BACP website.


Barnardo’s Vale of Glamorgan School and Community Based Counselling Service


Who can see a counsellor?

Anybody can meet with a counsellor. Our counsellor’s work with young people aged 10 -19 in the Vale of Glamorgan and can meet with the young person in their school or in the community.

Reasons young people might meet with a counsellor include:

·         Family issues
·         Bereavement
·         Depression
·         Relationship difficulties
·         Self-esteem
·         Anxiety

Please look at this flyer for further information:
Barnardo’s VSCBCS flyer for parents-carers-professionals

Barnardo’s Vale of Glamorgan School and Community Based Counselling Service

Please see list of services below that you might find helpful to contact whilst you wait to meet with one of our counsellors:

Amber project: A service supporting any young person (aged 14-25) in Cardiff and the surrounding areas who has experience of self-harm.
Telephone: 029 2034 4776 Text/Phone 07905 905437 Website:

Change Grow Live (CGL): An Emotional Wellbeing service in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan.
Telephone: 0800 008 6879    Website:

Childline: You can sign up for an account with Childline to email or chat 1-1 with a counsellor 24hours, 7days/week.
Telephone: 0800 1111    Website:

Child Bereavement UK: Offers support to families and young people affected by bereavement.
Telephone: 0800 02 888 40
Website: Email support:​

Hope Support: Offers online support via Facebook or Skype to young people aged 11+ when a close family member is diagnosed with a terminal illness.


Meic: Information, advice and advocacy for children and young people.
Text 84001  Freephone: 080880 23456.   Website:

Mind: Offers support on a range of mental health issues.
Telephone: 0300 123 3393, Mon – Fri 9am – 6pm   Text: 86463.

Mind Hub: This hub has been created by young people for young people, it provides information and links to services in relation to emotional health and wellbeing.

Papyrus: An organisation set up for the prevention of young suicide, and offers support to young people.
Telephone: 0800 068 41 41

Samaritans: An organisation that provides confidential emotional support.
Telephone: 116 123, 24 hours, 7days/week.   Welsh language line: 0300 123 3011 open daily: 7pm – 11pm.

TESS: Text and email support for girls & young women up to 24yrs in the UK affected by self-harm. Open Sun, Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs and Fri 7pm – 9pm
Text 0780 047 2908.  Website:

Contact Information


Western Vale Family Practice

Cowbridge Health Centre

The Broad Shoard


CF71 7DA

Tel. 01446 772383

Llantwit Major

The Clinic

Boverton Road

Llantwit Major

CF61 1XZ

Tel. 01446 794080

St Athan

The Surgery

The Square

St Athan


CF62 4PF

Tel. 011446 751751