Once you have decided that it may be worth having some counselling and/or longer term therapy, the next step is to contact us at ECS (0771 934 6657) by phoning or going to the contact form.
Our service manager, Tracey Pennington, will respond, liaising with you to agree a suitable time to meet for an initial consultation session at the ECS in Epsom. The session takes fifty minutes. A fee of £25 (before 6pm) – £35 (from 6pm) for individuals and £55 for couples (all times) is required for the consultation. On receipt of payment the ECS will (by text or e-mail) confirm booking details.
The consultation session will give parties an opportunity to get to know one another and decide whether it is appropriate to arrange a series of sessions, normally a minimum of six. The ECS offers brief as well as longer term therapy, depending on the therapeutic needs of the client. This will be reviewed on an ongoing basis between client and counsellor.
In the event that it is decided that counselling or therapy with the ECS is not suitable we may well be able to advise alternative agencies that may be more appropriate.
Once it is agreed to begin a series of sessions with the ECS, you will be contacted by a team member who will be your counsellor.
Hopefully the team member will already have an idea as to when you are available to meet – this will be discussed at the consultation.
Sessions are fifty minutes, generally weekly or twice weekly, and normally at the same scheduled time though there is flexibility for shift workers.
Cancellations are still chargeable unless notice is received at least one week in advance.
It is a fundamental principle of the ECS to provide the service as affordable to all. With this in mind, there is a sliding scale based on ability to pay; £55 to £15 (£55 fixed for couples) for ongoing counselling.
As a general guide clients may consider that £55-£45 is the standard fee per session, this may be reduced to around £30-£35 per session for those whose income is below average. For unwaged/low wage and fixed income the fee is likely to be set at £15-£25 per session, depending on individual circumstances.
In cases of particular financial hardship, and in exceptional circumstances, an individual client may be able to have a limited number of sessions at £15 (or below) subject to counsellor availability.
The fee will be discussed at the consultation session which is £25/£35 (£55 couples) and, unfortunately, not negotiable.
In cases of extreme hardship, fees may be re-negotiated once counselling has begun to take into account changing circumstances.
Cheques, made payable to Epsom Counselling Services, or cash are the preferred methods of payment. The initial consultation is generally paid by bank transfer.
If you are ready to take the next step, please use the contact form to arrange your initial consultation. Alternatively you can telephone or email us using the details to the right.