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A counselling session is your space to talk to someone about whatever is on your mind. It's a safe space that you can use to explore your feelings and thoughts about yourself or about your relationships.

Counsellors are not there to judge you or to tell you what to do.

By listening to you and talking with you, your counsellor will aim to help you gain a better understanding of your feelings, thoughts and your fears. This will help you to find your own way forward.


What is psychodyanmic counselling and how can it help?

Psychodynamic counselling can offer you insight as to how your history of life and relationships might be related to your current experiences, which leads us to feel like we have more understanding about our current emotional world, which in turn helps us to feel better able to cope.

Early experiences and relationships are important in shaping who we are, and a traumatic experience today can relate to difficulties we may have had in the past, yet we may not be consciously aware of this. Psychodynamic counselling seeks to help us become aware of how unconscious processes influence us, such as leading us at times to feel out of control or surprised by our own actions and thoughts.

With this new understanding our patterns of responses can be challenged. This leads to fresh ways of thinking, an increased emotional vocabulary, and consequently an experience of having more choice in how we respond to our own, and others, emotional worlds. 


Individual open-ended Counselling

If you are offered open-ended counselling, you will meet with your counsellor one to one at the same time each week for a 50 minute session.

You and your counsellor will discuss and think together about how long your counselling continues. This might be any length of time up to 3 years. 


Individual time-limited Counselling

Time-limited counselling at CPF consists of 12 weekly 50 minute sessions of counselling.

This might be the type of counselling you would like if you have a single issue to address and you believe 12 sessions to be a suitable length of time. You can discuss this with us at your initial assessment session. 


How much will it cost?

Croydon Counselling Foundation is a non-profit-making registered charity and depends upon clients’ fees to be able to continue providing our service.  

There is an initial fee of £10 to register with us (towards our administration costs) and then there is a £42 fee for a 90 minute assessment session. 

The assessment counsellor will discuss with you what fee might be set for your weekly counselling session. The fee will take into consideration your financial circumstances as well as the costs of our counselling service. You will only be asked to pay what you can realistically afford. 

Fees are renewed annualy, currently between £15 - £55.

If you are in receipt of benefits you will pay a joint fee of £15 for both registration and for the initial assessment. Please provide evidence of this (dated within the last three months) when you complete the initial paperwork to qualify for this reduced fee. 


What if I can't afford to pay for counselling?

Our aim is to make counselling affordable so that no one is excluded. A bursary is available for some clients to be able to afford fees. Please note there could be a waiting list for bursaries, which may delay the start of your counselling sessions. 


The Counselling Assessment Session 

This session provides the opportunity to talk about what brings you to seek counselling, what type of counselling you are interested in and what you would hope to get from it.

The assessment lasts 90 minutes and you will be able to ask the assessment counsellor questions about what coming for counselling might be like.

Following the assessment we will contact you to let you know what type of counselling we recommend, and if our service is suitable for you we will allocate a counsellor for you as soon as possible. 

If our service is not suitable for you, we will discuss this with you and suggest alternatives wherever possible. 


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