If, having had a look around this site, you've decided that yes, counselling is for you, the next step is to get in touch with us so that we can arrange a time to talk.
An initial assessment session will give you the opportunity to discuss your reasons for seeking counselling and, should you decide to proceed, allow us to outline some of the boundaries that would need to be in place for counselling to be effective.
Depending on your needs/situation, please feel free to state any preferences you may have in advance in terms of location, counsellor, etc.. We will do our best to oblige, but depending on caseloads this may not always be possible.
As a rule of thumb, each session lasts for fifty minutes, and typically takes place at the same time, once every week.
Timescales, on the other hand, can be tricky. Everybody is different, and every client has specific needs. It can therefore be difficult to say in advance just how long you might expect to be in counselling. Some people require only short-term therapy, and like to know that they have a set number of sessions to work with; others prefer to stay in counselling for long periods, without having an agreed 'end point'. (On a few rare occasions, a single session is all it takes to make a difference.)
We will discuss this during our initial session.
We currently operate a two-tier fee structure. Our standard rate is £30 per fifty-minute session. If, however, you can demonstrate that you receive certain benefits (e.g. Jobseeker's Allowance, Pension Credit, Carer's Allowance, Personal Independence Payment), this is reduced to £20 per session. Please feel free to get in touch with any queries, or discuss the issue with your counsellor.
Payment may be made by cash, card or bank transfer.