Arranging to start your counselling

If you wish to apply for counselling, the office manager will send you an application form which you will need to fill out and return together with an assessment fee £45.00 (£22.50 for those on Income Support or Job Seekers Allowance) for individual counselling and £60.00 (£30.00 for those on Income Support or Job Seekers Allowance) for couples. Check to find out if you can take advantage of our time limited free assessment offer.

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 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.