Thank you for expressing an interest in our counselling service:
1.The first step in our referral process is to fill out a self-referral form on our website (The box to the right of this one), which will submit direct to our counselling department.
2. Within a few days, a counsellor will be in touch with you via telephone to carry out an assessment of your needs, and explain what we are able to offer you at that time. During this assessment we will gather some general information from you such as address, date of birth and GP details, this is standard counselling procedure.
3. After your assessment you will be offered an appointment with a counsellor suited to your needs.
4. You will then agree with your counsellor the medium by which you and your counsellor will use to meet ie in person, online or on telephone. You will both also agree a time and day to meet. This will be the same time, on the same day every week and each session will last for 50 minutes.
5. You will then be offered an initial 6 sessions and you can discuss with your counsellor whether or not you feel more sessions are appropriate. Please note that additional sessions are also dependent on our current waiting list and during busy periods may not be possible.
Our client service is client centred and therefore client led. Our counsellors are extensively trained and experienced. What modality we use depends on what is best according to client need. You will never be forced to talk about anything you don't want to as we understand one of the most important aspects of the therapeutic relationship is trust.
Our in person sessions take place in the counselling department, in the skainos centre on the Newtownards Road in Belfast.