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Initial Consulation

How To Get Started

1-  Fill in the online self referral form, or give the office a call.

2- You will be sent a link to enable you to book an assessment call with either Jen, Chicago or Suzanne. During this time they   will get a better understanding of your needs and be able to allocate you to one of our therapists. The call will take 30 minutes and we ask that you pay £15

3-  Once allocated your  low cost therapist they will contact you to introduce themselves and book a date for your first weekly online counselling session. The fees for these low cost sessions will be £25. Concessionary rates are available.

Initial Consultation

An initial consultation is the first step in seeking counselling with the Affordable Counselling Network. We offer you a  initial 30 minute telephone or video consultation -depending on your preference- in order to understand your needs and match you with a counsellor. During this conversation your initial consultation counsellor will ask you a series of questions to help them allocate  you with a suitable low cost counsellor.

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The following are the main kinds of questions we will ask you:

What if I don’t want to talk about certain things?

What you choose to talk about, or not, is completely up to you. You are in control. You will not be made to talk about anything you would prefer not to. It is very unusual that you would discuss anything deeply painful or traumatic in the 20 minute assessment. Our wish for you is that such feelings can be discussed with your low cost counsellor once you have established a safe therapeutic online  relationship, in which you feel more able to share.

You are welcome to ask any questions or raise any concerns you may have.

In some instances, your assessment counsellor may feel you would be better suited to other services, either in person or online.  If this is the case, they will offer to provide you support to find a counsellor outside of The Affordable Counselling Network who will be able to work with you. It is likely these counsellors will not be able to offer low cost counselling. 

To access our service you must be:

The low cost counselling service is not able to accept clients who have:

You may wish to contact a therapist via BACP or the Counselling Directory if the Affordable Counselling Network is not suitable for your needs.

If you are in crisis and need immediate help please contact the Samaritans or go to your nearest Accident and Emergency hospital.

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