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What is counselling?

Counselling provides an opportunity to address issues that may be troubling or causing you problems. Your counsellor will not know you or have any involvement with the issues you wish to discuss and instead will provide a space where you are able to explore and reflect on the difficulties you are experiencing. As a result hopefully you will develop a greater understanding of your difficulties and be able to move forward in your life.

Can counselling help me?

Counselling has been proven to help people with a wide range of difficulties including anxiety and depression, relationship difficulties, work and family problems etc. Once you have decided you would like counselling you will be offered an assessment before you commence counselling. The assessment provides the opportunity to decide whether counselling would be appropriate for you or not.

Who does GCS provide counselling for?

GCs provides a wide range of counselling services for young people, adults, couples and families. Details of our different services are on the website.

How often would I meet with my counsellor?

You would meet weekly with your counsellor at the same time and the same place. This space is held for you each week and as a result if you are unable to attend for any reason you will be expected to pay for the missed sessions.

Will I have the same counsellor?

Yes once you commence ongoing counselling you will see the same counsellor (this will not be the counsellor you saw for the assessment).

Can a friend or a relative be with me during counselling?

No counselling is a one to one experience to allow you to consider matters without anyone else’s input or involvement, however well intentioned.

Will my counsellor be qualified and experienced?

All GCS counsellors are supervised and managed within GCS and work within the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Ethical Framework. Most of our counsellors are qualified but some are in training but work to the same high standards as qualified counsellors.

How long does counselling take?

There is no one answer to this question as it depends on the issues you wish to address and the depth to which you wish to explore them and other related matters. Counselling maybe for some weeks or years but on average it tends to be for up to 24 weeks.

Where will I have to go for counselling?

GCS has counselling venues in Cheltenham, Gloucester, Stroud, Cirencester, Tewkesbury and the Forest of Dean. You will be offered an appointment at the venue most convenient to you if at all possible.

How long will I have to wait for a counselling appointment?

Once you have registered for counselling you will usually be offered an appointment for an assessment relatively quickly, usually within two weeks. How quickly you will be offered an appointment for ongoing counselling will depend on a number of factors including your availability and the demand on the service. Usually you can expect to be offered an appointment within a few weeks if your availability is good.

How much does counselling cost?

The Gloucestershire Counselling Service is a registered charity (No. 1109904) and one of its principal aims is to make quality counselling accessible to the people of Gloucestershire.

We do not receive any government grants so we rely on the fees we charge to the people using the service.  Our fees aim to be progressive and socially responsible.  To allow us to operate this way, we apply a sliding scale of fees.

Please note that you will be expected to pay for missed or cancelled sessions, except for sessions cancelled by your Counsellor.

 

Initial Registration and Assessment Fee

The registration fee, which includes the initial assessment for individuals, is £50

The registration fee, which includes the initial assessment for couples, is £60

The registration fee for the Child and Family Service, which includes the initial assessment, is £60

 

Counselling Fees

The fees for counselling are calculated according to income bands.

 

Individual Counselling

Income Fee per session

Income 15K- 20K                                                      £30

Income 21K-30K                                                       £40

Income 31K-45K                                                       £50

Income 46K-60K                                                       £60

Income 61K+                                                            £80

 

 

Couples Counselling

Household Income Fee per session

Income less than 20K                                                £45

Income 21K-30K                                                       £60

Income 31K-45K                                                       £75

Income 46K-60K                                                       £90

Income 61K+                                                            £120

 

Child and Family Service

Household Income Fee per session

Income less than 20K                                                £45

Income 21K-30K                                                       £60

Income 31K-45K                                                       £75

Income 46K-60K                                                       £90

Income 61K+                                                            £120

Fees are reviewed periodically.

Reduced fees are subject to agreement and the availability of specific bursary funds.

 

Severe Financial Hardship

In cases of severe financial hardship, e.g. earnings/household income below 15K GCS can offer clients access to subsidised counselling.  To apply for this, your counsellor will complete with you an Application Form and submit it for consideration.

 

What if I am unhappy with my counselling?

In the first instance if you are unhappy with any aspect of your counselling you should discuss this with your counsellor as it may be related to the issues you have brought to counselling. If this is inappropriate or does not resolve the matter you can write to the Head of Counselling at GCS setting out your concerns. If you are still unhappy you can use GCS’s formal Complaints procedure. Finally you may also contact the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, the body our counselling service is accredited with, to raise your concerns.

Equality Statement

GCS was founded to provide access to affordable counselling for all members of society within Gloucestershire, regardless of background or circumstances.

We recognise that discrimination operates consciously and unconsciously in our society, which means some people have greater access to opportunities than others.

Our core belief is that all people are treated with dignity and respect and we are creating an organisation where:

 

-        Inequalities are challenged

-        We anticipate and respond positively to, different needs and circumstances

 

For a full copy of the GCS Equality Policy Document please email the team at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Other Services

GCS regularly enters into Service Level Agreements with other organisations to provide a range of professional services relating to emotional wellbeing including short-term counselling, clinical supervision for counsellors, reflective supervision for staff groups as well as training to improve mental health awareness, listening skills and wellbeing-related training. Please contact us to discuss your specific needs.

Useful Links

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) – https://www.bacp.co.uk

Samaritans – https://www.samaritans.org

The British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) – https://www.bpc.org.uk

NHS Let’s Talk – https://www.talk2gether.nhs.uk

Turning Point – http://www.turning-point.co.uk

P3 – https://www.p3charity.org/

Shaw Trust – https://www.shaw-trust.org.uk

Stroud District Council – Homeless – https://www.stroud.gov.uk/housing/homelessness

 
BACP
British Psychoanalytic Council

GCS specialises in providing counselling and training of counsellors to professional standards. GCS was established in 1980 and has over 60 counsellors offering high quality affordable, counselling to the community of Gloucestershire in venues across the county including Stroud, Gloucester, Cheltenham, Tewkesbury and Cirencester. All our counsellors are supervised and managed within GCS and work within the BACP ethical framework. Some of our counsellors are counsellors in training; they work to the same standards as our qualified counsellors.