What to expect when you contact us
If you contact us using the contact form on the front page of the website asking to see a counsellor, you will be allocated a counsellor or, if your prefer, you may contact the counsellor of your choice from the contact details on their page, which will be confidential between you and them.
The counsellor will send you information on their practice. They will then arrange a 30 minute assessment free of charge to discuss with you what you are hoping to address in counselling and any questions you have that may arise from the information sent to you. The assessment is an opportunity for both of you to decide if starting therapeutic work together is the “right fit” or if there needs to be a referral to someone else.
If, at assessment, it is agreed that your needs would be best met by another member of the team, then your permission will be requested to pass contact details on to them. Although we work under the umbrella of Island Counselling, we work individually with whoever may contact us.
Counselling sessions will last for up to one hour. The number and frequency of sessions will be discussed and mutually agreed with you. There will be a regular review of the counselling sessions and objectives.
The number of sessions a client needs varies from person to person. At first, your counsellor might suggest that you mutually agree to work together for 6 sessions. Generally, 6-10 sessions is considered short-term therapy, whereas longer term therapy is considered to be more than 10 sessions. The number of sessions will depend on each client's individual needs. This will be your choice but for therapy to have a continuity we do suggest that sessions are attended on a regular basis, if possible, and that you have a final ‘ending’ session with your counsellor.
Our rates and payment information
We charge £50 per session. Concessionary rates are available, by negotiation with individual counsellors, for those on low income.
Beatrice charges £50 per session for couple counselling and supervision sessions.
Please note that payment will be arranged with your individual counsellor, not with Island Counselling.