We work with clients aged 11+. There is no upper age limit.
We recognise that alcohol or substance misuse is a form of self-harm. We recommend that you have not been dependant on alcohol or drugs for 6 months prior to referring to SAFA.
We offer counselling in Barrow in Furness, Kendal and several other locations around the county.
The first place to start is your GP. We recognize that it takes courage to speak openly about your worries and concerns, perhaps take a family member or a trusted friend along for support.
This can feel incredibly overwhelming and makes the way you are feeling very real, often when we are in the grips of an Eating Disorder we are in denial that there is a problem. It’s everyone around us who doesn’t like it or is jealous of you being thin. When we are able to move out of denial we can see that we have a problem which needs help. Often we feel weak for asking for help but in fact it’s a strength.
All of our counsellors are registered with the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy).
The sooner someone is treated for an Eating Disorder, the better the chance of making a full recovery. We know that gaining access to treatment isn’t always as straight forward as we would like it to be. SAFA is not a crisis service which can also be very frustrating for you. Because it takes courage to ask for help. What SAFA does offer is a professional 1:1 counselling to work with the core issues which are affecting you.
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Each year SAFA Cumbria provides counselling to hundreds of people to overcome their self-harming behaviours.