Arranging to start counselling

If you wish to apply for counselling please click on the application to counselling. Alternatively please email us or call us on 020 8367 2333. We will need your name and address. We will then offer to email or post you an application form which will need to be filled in and sent back. You will then receive a communication from us to book your assessment. 

An assessment fee £45.00

(£22.50 for those on Income Support or Job Seekers Allowance)

Individual and couples counselling fee £60.00

(£30.00 for those on Income Support or Job Seekers Allowance) for couples.

Check to find out if you are eligible for:

Download the application form, fill it out and bring it to your assessment.

The counselling process explained

When you return the form you will be offered an initial appointment (with your partner, if you are asking to be seen as a couple) with a counsellor for an assessment. This lasts approximately one hour, and offers an opportunity for you and the assessment counsellor to see if counselling could be of use to you.

If it is agreed that counselling at ECS is appropriate, then you will be offered regular weekly sessions with a counsellor. This will not usually be with the person who saw you for your initial appointment.


After your assessment, should it be agreed to offer you counselling, you will be contacted by a counsellor with a vacancy. This should take 1-2 weeks, depending on availability.

When you meet with your ongoing counsellor they will discuss practical issues with you, and together you will make a verbal contract. This will include times and dates of sessions, negotiation of a fee and information you might need to know about being seen at ECS.