How to arrange counselling
– if we are unable to take your call please leave a message and we will get back you within 48 hours.
If your need is urgent:
- Call the Samaritans free on 116 123
- Contact your GP
- Visit A&E
- Refer to our ‘Other Useful Resources’ page
- Please register by completing our referral form or call us and we can complete the form with you over the phone.
- For guidelines on how to complete the referral form please click here.
- You will be contacted by a member of the Riverside team and offered an initial consultation which usually takes about an hour.
- To secure this consultation payment of £50 is required to cover the cost of your initial registration and consultation fee. Please note that we can offer some reduced fees through bursary funding, if needed.
- The cost of on-going counselling will be discussed and agreed during your initial consultation and it is dependent upon your household income. At Riverside we are committed to providing affordable counselling by ensuring that cost is not a barrier to accessing our service.
- During your initial consultation we will ask about what it is that you are struggling with to help us make sure that you will benefit from counselling. If we feel that counselling would not help you at this present time, we will think with you what is the most appropriate support.
- You will then be allocated an on-going counsellor who you will meet with weekly at the same time and in the same place each week. Each session will last 50 minutes. Your on-going counsellor is usually a different counsellor from the one you initially met with.
- Riverside offers 12, 20 and 44 weeks counselling. The duration of your work will be discussed and agreed between yourself and your counsellor.
- Riverside is a charity that relies heavily on fees to continue offering an affordable service. Your appointment time is held just for you, therefore if you are unable to attend you will still be expected to pay for your session.
- Please note that our waiting times for an initial consultation and on-gong counselling do vary and is dependant upon several factors, such as your availability and our counsellor availability. If you are concerned about how long you may have to wait, you can call us to discuss your concerns.
To arrange an initial consultation for counselling