Waterfall Wellbeing

Waterfall Wellbeing is one of the members of our Counselling Co-Operative; you can read about them here:

Sarah Henderson – Waterfall Wellbeing

Hello and welcome.  I am Sarah a fully qualified Counsellor and a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and I uphold its Ethical Framework.  I have substantial experience of working with both Adults and young people, especially within the LGBT+ community. 

I offer confidential, genuine and non-judgemental face to face personal therapy and my work is predominately Person-Centred, meaning the emphasis is on you as an individual and you wholly.  We shall work together to build upon a therapeutic relationship which will help to develop your own understanding of self.   

My role as a counsellor is not to offer advice but to assist people gain an insight into their feelings and behaviours.  I help people identify and achieve their personal goals by coping with the issues that are causing them distress, anxiety and stress.  There may be times within my practice whereby I integrate other therapies such as CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), but this depends on the individual client’s needs. I take great pride in the progress and success of my clients and look forward to helping you. 

If you want to make a referral you can do this by completing the Arucs referral form and marking it for my attention. You can access the form by clicking here.


FdA in Counselling, MBACP

07593431740 – waterfallwellbeing@gmail.com

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Counselling is a confidential helping activity whereby through the use of active listening you are empowered to help yourself, face your issues and develop strategies for coping with them.

Who can access Counselling?

The short answer, is anyone and everyone.  We currently take clients from any age or  gender, or indeed any background at all.

What type of Counselling do we offer?

Currently we offer a mixture of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Person Centred Therapy, as well as some Psychodynamic and Gestalt Therapies.

Is there an initial assessment?

Yes, all of our clients are fully assessed before counselling commences.  This is to make sure that counselling is the right choice for you and also to ensure that your therapeutic journey with us is as safe and effective as it can be.  The initial assessment is done as part of the first appointment and usually consists of paperwork and you getting to know your therapist.

Getting started is easy; simply click here to complete the referral form and you will be contacted to book your first session.

Personal Therapy For Students:

We are pleased to now offer Personal Therapy to Counselling Students, which some training establishments mandate as part of their courses.

If you would like to book personal therapy with Arcus; please complete and submit a referral form.

Facebook Changes

As promised we’re making some changes to our Facebook page 👆

Most importantly you can now message one of our counselling team directly, as well as post items yourself 👍

Do please share us around and invite your LGBT+ friends and allies. We’d like to build a safe community space.

We’ll also be focusing more on the Social Support element and relaxing the business element and our page is now monitored all day everyday by our counselling team

We’ll be posting regular updates, news, articles etc and we’ll be interacting with you more.

Watch this space for other exciting news coming soon 😊🌈

Crown Prosecution Service Q & A Sessions

The CPS had organised to do a couple of consultation sessions in Darlington where the public could question them about their work, but as you can guess they had to be cancelled due to Covid 19. 

They do still want to hear your views and answer your questions though, so they are looking to do a live link via Teams or similar technology, or possibly a live ‘text’ Q + A session.

Is this something that you would be interested in taking part in? 
Would you like to submit a question to the Crown Prosecution Service?

If so, please send your ideas, thoughts or questions back to Arcus at contact@arcuslgbt.com and we will pass these over to the organisers of the sessions.

Watch this space for further announcements regarding this.

Take care and keep safe!

Website: www.arcuslgbt.com 
Email: contact@arcuslgbt.com
Facebook: @arcusdarlington
Mobile: 07434 794059

Arcus Forum Meeting 19th May 2020

Good Afternoon;

Just to let you know that the service user forum meeting that was scheduled for 19th March at Gladstone Street, is, in light of the current covid-19 safety restrictions cancelled.

You can read about the Arcus Forum here https://arcuslgbt.com/socialsupport/

We are in the process of looking at other ways the meeting will go ahead, skype, Zoom, etc, and welcome your viewes on this, pop us an email to contact@arcuslgbt.com to let us know your thoughts.

In the meantime, please continue to send through your thoughts, worries or conerncs and agenda items for the next session when it does go ahead.

If you have not signed up to the mailing list for the Forum you can do so here https://arcuslgbt.com/mail/ or just rpely to this email.

Take care and keep safe!

Website: www.arcuslgbt.com 
Email: contact@arcuslgbt.com
Facebook: @arcusdarlington
Mobile: 07434 794059

Covid-19 Service Update – Remote Working

As you will no doubt know, the restrictions to keep us safe have been relaxed a little, and we have considered how these will affect the way Arcus is working. Essentially, our face to face work will remain closed for the time being.

But, fear not, good news! This experience has allowed us develop our remote working practices, did you know that you can now book your sessions via Skype, phone or pretty much any other social media outlet?

The benefits of this are:

No travel involved 


Comfortable and familiar environment 

Deeper levels of communication and more honest sharing 

So, fret not, the same level of excellent service will continue but in a way that is best for you. Don’t forget that if you want to refer yourself, you can do so at any time, by clicking here.

Keep safe!


Durham Police: Recruitment

Durham Constabulary we will be opening their recruitment for Police Officers on Friday 29th May until Friday 12th June 2020.

All information regarding this process can be found on their website, www.durham.police.uk and navigate to the join us page. At the moment the information to date is under Police Officers but on Friday 29th May the application will be available from the recruitment latest position page.

Attached is an image that gives people further information about who would be eligible to join.

For any further queries they now have a separate email address policerecruiting@durham.pnn.police.uk which potential candidates can use.

They are also holding live chats, details via our website, on:

* 18th May @ 2pm
* 20th May @ 6pm
* 27th May @ 6pm
* 29th May @ 2pm

Good luck to anyone interested, do let us know how you get along.

CPS North East Hate Crime Uplifts – March 2020

Information from the Police about the recent Hate Crime uplifts: https://www.cps.gov.uk/north-east/news/cps-north-east-hate-crime-uplifts-march-2020

CPS North East Hate Crime Uplifts – March 2020

27 April 2020|NewsHate crime

Under hate crime legislation the courts must pass increased sentences where prosecutors evidence that offences either demonstrate or have been motivated by hostility towards a person’s race, religion, disability, transgender identity or sexuality. Below are examples of hate crime cases recently prosecuted by CPS North East, each of which resulted in a conviction and an uplifted sentence:

The Defendant, a youth, was convicted of causing criminal damage to his Mother’s property and racially aggravated harassment alarm and distress, when he uttered racial abuse towards a police officer who was arresting him. He was sentenced to a six-month Youth Rehabilitation Order with activity requirements added as an uplift in sentence to reflect the racial aggravation.

The Defendant was charged with offences of assaulting emergency workers and criminal damage to a police cell when he punched, kicked and spat at officers, using homophobic abuse in the process before also causing damage to the police cell. Upon conviction the defendant was sentenced to 14 weeks’ imprisonment suspended for 12 months, and the court announced this had been uplifted by two weeks to reflect the homophobic aggravation.

The Defendant was charged with theft and assaults after he forced his way into the home of an ex-partner assaulted her and a friend whilst uttering homophobic abuse. He was convicted and sentenced to 26 weeks’ imprisonment suspended for 12 months with curfew, unpaid work and rehabilitation activities. The Crown court announced this term had been uplifted by four weeks due to the homophobic aggravation.

The Defendant was charged with racially aggravated intentional harassment alarm and distress when she shouted insulting and derogatory words towards a taxi driver. Upon conviction she was given a community order for 12 months with curfew and further ordered to do unpaid work of 60 hours to reflect the racial aggravation.

The Defendant was convicted of racially aggravated intentional harassment, alarm or distress when, in a drop-in meeting for asylum seekers, he has referred to others in an insulting and derogatory manner using racist language. He was fined £52, which the court announced was an uplift from a conditional discharge to reflect the racial aggravation.

Darlington & Durham Rape & Sexual Abuse Counselling Centre – Helpline Launch

Darlington & Durham RSACC has launched a new helpline number to increase its capacity to support women who have experienced rape and sexual violence.

RSACC provides expert support to survivors across Darlington and County Durham, has made the investment to ensure women in crisis or those who are struggling with the long-term impacts of sexual violence can access confidential assistance over the phone.

The new RSACC helpline number is 0300 222 5730 and is open from 10am – 2pm every Monday – Thursday.

The charity says the Covid-19 Pandemic is causing increased distress for many women with other support services closing, increased isolation and a higher likelihood of dangerous situations in the home due to lockdown guidance.

RSACC, an accredited Rape Crisis centre, had more than 700 calls to its confidential helpline in the past year. It is run by trained staff and volunteers who speak to callers for up to an hour to provide emotional support and practical information for women who are dealing with the trauma of being raped or sexually assaulted.

You can find out more about the launch of the new helpline here<https://www.rsacc-thecentre.org.uk/?p=869&preview=true>.