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Raphael Jewish Counselling


Raphael will be celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. It has been offering a broad-based counselling service to the Jewish community for that time, proof of which is that we are seeing our client numbers increase year on year.


Raphael was set up to fill a gap in the market to meet the needs of the Jewish community as there was no similar organisation at that time. Raphael has continued to provide a safe, professional, confidential, non-judgemental space for clients to discuss their emotional difficulties. We are the only Jewish counselling organisation to provide a broad-based service which includes amongst others helping clients with relationship problems, bereavement, illness, depression, anxiety, low self esteem and other stresses of daily life. Some clients experience the long term effects of the Holocaust. Our counsellors are all volunteers and, as we don't have our own premises; they work either in rented counselling rooms or in their own homes.


We have noticed a recent trend in that more people are having the courage to come forward and seek help. The high profile support by members of the Royal Family in mental health issues has helped to banish the stigma surrounding counselling.


Raphael's policy from the outset has always been to be accessible to members of the community and not to turn anyone away if they were unable to pay the full cost of their counselling. We have never deviated from this. At times when counselling could be most beneficial it is often put to the bottom of the pile due to financial constraints. For this reason we have set up a Bursary Fund, which is specifically to ensure that no one misses out. Clients are advised how to apply where appropriate and each application is fully reviewed before being agreed. In the first few weeks of the fund we received 8 applications for bursary assistance, 7 of which met the criteria. The requests are still coming in.


We would love to include photos of people whom we have helped, but confidentiality precludes this, suffice it to say.

To learn more about Raphael



To learn more about Raphael, or to read about it in our clients' own words, please visit our website at www.raphaeljewishcounselling.org


And if anyone you know might benefit from Raphael's services, please suggest they call 0800 234 6236 - a trained counsellor will respond to the message, usually within 24 hours.