SHQ Counselling is a specialised counselling service dealing with unplanned pregnancy, termination of pregnancy (abortion) and issues relating to sexuality and sexual relationships.
Receiving the news of an unplanned pregnancy, or a positive STI or BBV result, is often a highly emotive experience, and may represent a crisis point in your patient’s life. Similarly, experiencing sexual difficulties or problems with sexual relationships can have significant psychological impacts.
SHQ offers a safe and empowering counselling service for people to process the crisis, and work through it at their own pace with the help of a trained professional. If you have a patient or client who could benefit from our counselling service, please feel free to refer to us. Where possible, we work collaboratively with doctors and other health professionals to provide the highest quality of care for our clients.
How to refer to SHQ Counselling
You can refer to SHQ counselling by contacting us directly, or by asking your patient to contact us to make an appointment. We accept clients with and without referrals. If you refer to us directly, we will acknowledge your referral in writing.
While we run our appointments using a booking system, we do have capacity to see patients at short notice in crisis situations. As a provider of unplanned pregnancy counselling, we recognise the need to provide appointment times promptly.
If you have any queries as to whether SHQ is a suitable service for your patient, please feel free to contact the Manager of Counselling to discuss.
Unplanned Pregnancy Counselling Training
SHQ facilitates a 3-day training course for professionals (nurses, counsellors, social workers, case managers, psychologists, school nurses and community health professionals) that equips people with the skills to respond to patients/clients experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. This training presents a crisis model of unplanned pregnancy, and works through a comprehensive approach to non-directive counselling.