In November 2018 exploringU will have been in business for a decade (10 years)
exploringU: The story so far…
ExploringU is a multiple-award-winning, comprehensive counselling/psychotherapy, Brain Injury / Orthopaedic and Training organisation, established in 2008 by Glenda D Roberts. The company’s team works with people recovering from brain and spinal injuries and strokes. Based in Sudbury (Suffolk) and Castle Hedingham (Essex), its multidisciplinary team provides bespoke services to an increasing variety of people seeking professional therapy or trauma rehabilitation. Members of the (MBACP) British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy for good practice. Read about all of our different departments.
How it all began:
ExploringU Counselling was born in an unremarkable room in Friar Street, Sudbury, in 2008 focusing on couples counselling. ‘What happened to me there had a huge influence on my career. I can only take issue about the size of the small offices’ says Founder/Director Roberts. Thereafter, the company moved into larger premises, where the present operation took shape. At this juncture, with an ever expanding team things started taking off in the rehabilitation field, realising she could no longer sustain demand, Glenda began training her staff in-house, and so the education side of the business blossomed.
As the company and its reputation grew, so many clients and service providers wanted working alongside. Under Glenda’s aegis, the practice left its office on Long Melford, it’s home since 2009 for premises in the historic Old Press Rooms; where it is now located in 2017. ‘A lot happened in that building. Almost all of it positive. I trust our new home continues that tradition’.
Today we train increasingly more staff on site. The exploringU centre for wellbeing is now home to many independent therapists who choose to use this space as a place in which to learn and grow.
About our Founder and Director
Glenda D Roberts is an Accredited Psychotherapist. She also works as a media spokesperson for the industry governing body, The British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP). As such Glenda writes a monthly column in the Sudbury Mercury Newspaper, Suffolk, and co-presents a monthly Podcast show Emotional Well-being Life, a series about mental health issues with educational psychologist, ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) and broadcaster Lawrence Batchelor, with the tagline that goes: Saving and Changing lives. Listen to our Podcasts here: https://www.mixcloud.com/uxwbob/
To read more about Glenda please click here.
ExploringU work with a range of other organisations, as follows:
ExploringU has helped raise awareness and money for the following Charities:
To read about our fundraising please Click Here.
Our focus has been to raise awareness and start to eradicate the stigma that surrounds mental health, by simply superseding those words with… emotional wellbeing.
Being able to talk about mental health issues is vital, and finding models in all areas of life to demonstrate this can be extremely powerful.
We are all in this together across the industry with BACP and that means we have been part of an incredible wave of change for mental health in the community.
We have shared ideas and supported innovation by trying new things, last year we launched the Just Talk Campaign, an initiative to help those seeking immediate support and therapy together with other organisations to share stories of mental health and to encourage more of these connections.
The feedback since launching the campaign has been tremendous. We know that the campaign is making a difference, removing the stigma surrounding mental health and, more importantly, it has given people the courage to seek help.
The more stories and examples of good practice we can share, the greater the impact. I strongly urge more organisations to get involved.
Monthly Podcast Show
The podcast is our gift to our clients and supporters; a celebration of our first decade in business.
The episodes in the series:
Episode 1 Picking Up the Pieces (September) OUT NOW
Episode 2 Roots of Empathy (October) OUT NOW
Episode 3 Emotional Literacy (November)
Episode 4 Nourishing thoughts (December)
We are looking at new ways to reach out to customers through digital products, such as:
• A monthly podcast series: download from the website https://www.mixcloud.com/uxwbob/
• A Kickstarter and TV pilot is in the process of being made. To launch a six-part TV series.
• A media strategy under aegis of Director of Communications: Lawrence Batchelor.
In 2017, ExploringU counselling purchased a 4-acre site, a medieval Barn in South West of France (close to the Swiss Alps & Bordeaux border), with a purpose to convert it into accessible accommodation for clients with disabilities to access the best respite experience possible. Facilities will include zip-wire, swimming, archery, animals and a wide range of holistic services – Counselling /Psychotherapy, Yoga, Specialised ABI / Orthopaedic Personal Trainer, Meditation, and a Sensory Garden. With easily accessible Hospital and Clinic facilities within range. It will be open to carers and family members of cared-for adults and children. This project aims to be fully functioning by 2022.
Brochures & Booking requirements:
Brochures will be available to download at the end of December of 2022.
Bookings will be available for purchase in January 2023.