What to expect during
The purpose of a conversation with a Time-To-Talk Counsellor is to give you freedom of choice over what you do and don't do in your life.
You can benefit from a conversation with a counsellor, when you are unsure either:
what you are thinking and feeling; or, what is causing you to think or feel that way.
A counselling conversation will focus on you. It will help you to decide what is important to you, what you want to change, and what might be the best ways to set about it.
Your conversation with a Time-To-Talk Counsellor, will help you to decide what you want to do and what you want to change.
A counselling conversation will help you to understand any feelings or thoughts that seem to be getting in the way of changes that you want to make in your life.
Unlike a conversation with a Time-To-Talk consultant, you will not be asked many questions. After a few initial remarks, perhaps reminding you of things that you mentioned during your initial contracting session, you will do most of the talking.
Your Time-To-Talk counsellor will be skilled and experienced in finding ways to encourage your conversation. From time to time, your counsellor will summarise what you have been saying, and check that you understand each other.
Your counsellor will be responsible for timekeeping during your counselling session. About 10 minutes before the end of the session, the counsellor will begin summarising and will agree with you where the conversation can be safely left, until you meet again the following week.
Your counsellor will make sure that you have contact details of people from whom you can get support, should you feel that support will be helpful before your next meeting, the following week with your TimeTo-Talk counsellor.
The cost of your initial clinical and psychological assessment for counselling is £250. However your initial assessment is free when you pay in advance for your first 6 weekly counselling sessions.
The fee for each of your weekly counselling sessions is £65,
so the first block of 6 sessions costs 6 x £65 = £390.
Additional counselling sessions, beyond the first block of 6, can only be arranged by agreement with you.
Additional sessions are arranged in blocks of 6. It is unusual for more than 18 counselling sessions to be requested in total.
18 counselling sessions would cost 18 x £65 = £1170.
IACP policy is that no one will be unable to access the help of counsellors due to financial hardship. Means-tested bursary help is available. Don't hesitate to ring us on 07522 06153.