Arbours offer help with a range of emotional problems including those relating to critical life events.These critical event might be bereavement, anxiety, depression, marital breakdown, redundancy, abuse, eating disorders, gender, race and sexual issues. Our aim is to encourage people to come to us as a first rather than a last resort. Our primary interest is in working with people as individuals, rather than their diagnoses. This ethos informs all of our work in our therapeutic communities, psychotherapy and training programme. We encourage our staff and residents/patients to question both their own assumptions and that of the prevailing culture around issues such as gender, race, class and conceptualisations of both mental health or illness.