You’ll be invited to an assessment meeting with one of our experienced therapists. This will be a free session which will last around half an hour. During the assessment, the therapist will listen to your reasons for wanting counselling and the difficulties you are experiencing. They will explain how our service works and will try to assess whether our approach will suit you. After this meeting, you will be matched with a therapist and you will then be contacted to discuss a start date.
The first meeting with your therapist will be a great opportunity for you to decide if you feel comfortable working with them, and whether you feel happy with their way of working. This will also be true if you choose to have telephone or online counselling.
You will also agree a fee, which you will be expected to pay each session. Our fees range from £20 to £45 for one to one counselling, and from £30 to £50 per session for couples counselling, depending on your household income. Your counsellor will be able to explain the sliding scale in more detail during this meeting.
There will be a short form to complete, which your counsellor will be able to help you with.
Your counsellor will also be pleased to answer any questions you might have about counselling and what to expect. Counselling is a very personal experience, and you need to experience is before it can begin to make sense to you fully.
How long does it last?
BCC offers long term and short term one-to-one counselling, depending on your needs. During the first meeting, you and your counsellor will discuss how many weekly sessions you may have, although this can be changed along the way. Each session will be 50 minutes long, and will usually take place at the same time each week, although the meeting time and day can be altered where necessary.
We recognise the therapeutic value of group work and our aim is to offer facilitated groups. Please contact BCC for more details.
Is it confidential?
Yes. Confidentiality is an important part of the contract, or agreement, between client and counsellor. There are some exceptions, which allow the counsellor to work responsibly, and these will be discussed with you in your first meeting. Counsellors always discuss their client work regularly with a supervisor (an experienced counsellor), who also has to maintain confidentiality. Supervision is an essential part of the work and it’s seen as unethical for a counsellor to work without it.
If, under any circumstances, the counsellor is concerned about the client’s safety or the safety of a third party, it may be necessary to inform the client’s GP, psychiatrist (if applicable) or someone else. Our counsellors are committed to discussing this with their clients wherever possible.
Jo Moloney, Kate Cooper, Katja Fischer, BACP Registered, BACP Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists
Counselling In Bedford & Bedfordshire | Therapy In Bedford & Bedfordshire