Counselling

A safe place to talk

What is counselling?

We understand that during difficult times it can be hard to know who to turn to.  Sometimes your thoughts and feelings can leave you and those who are important to you, struggling to cope.

At KPG, our counselling sessions offer you a safe space to talk about the issues you are facing and explore difficult feelings in a confidential, non-judgemental environment. 

We have a team of qualified and student counsellors from a wide range of counselling and psychotherapy backgrounds who are experienced in a diverse range of therapies. 

Our counselling sessions are flexible and open to individuals, couples, and families. We will aim to see you as quickly as possible, and our team of qualified and trainee counsellors can tailor sessions to offer you both long and short-term support. 

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Remember:

What might work for one person might not necessarily work for you so we’ll support you to find what kind of therapy will best suit your needs.  

What to expect when attending a session

Counselling isn’t about offering advice, instead our experienced counsellors will offer you the chance to talk about issues you’re facing. They will also explore any difficult feelings, as well as discuss coping mechanisms to enable you to move forward.  
 
Counselling can help you to better understand your thoughts, feelings and emotions. Here at KPG we understand that talking though your problems may take some time as we develop a therapeutic relationship. As a result, we don’t put a limit on the number of sessions you’ll receive, we work at your pace. You may find that two sessions are enough or you may wish to continue over a longer period of time. Here at KPG we offer flexibility of sessions, offering both short and long term therapy to suit your needs. Your dedicated counsellor will work with you so that you can review your progress throughout the duration of therapy.  
 
At KPG you’ll be listened to without judgement so that you can move your life in a positive direction.  

What does counselling help with?

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Counselling can help with anxiety, stress, depression, self harm or suicidal thoughts, loss and bereavement and sexuality and gender identity. It can also help you overcome trauma, work-related stress, a relationship breakdown and low self esteem as well as many other issues.

It may be that you feel down but are not sure why. If you find yourself in this position, please contact us, one of our KPG counsellors will be in touch to explore this with you and figure out the best way forward. You may be invited to attend an assessment where we will be able to speak to you about how we might be able to help and find you the most appropriate support.

How much does counselling cost?

We aim to provide counselling to everyone who needs it, especially those who otherwise wouldn’t have access to the therapy they require. Whilst we do receive some donations, there is a cost attached to our counselling sessions. Where possible, and if funding through donations are available, you may be offered some free sessions to support you with how you are feeling, your wellbeing and your mental health.

Our service is made up of both qualified and volunteer counsellors and therapists in training, who provide sessions as part of their professional development and qualifications. All of our counsellors are supported with both external monthly clinical supervision, as well as both in-house supervision and peer supervision with our team of supervisors and mentors. Our training therapists are not paid for their work and dedicate their time so that we can support you and keep the cost of our sessions both affordable and of the highest quality.

To keep our costs low and affordable, we operate a sliding pay scale of fees based on your household income. This means that those on a higher household income are asked to pay a slightly higher fee than those in low-income households.

Costs from September 2021:

Assessment for therapy – £15
Individual therapy fees (calculated according to the income bands).
Minimum – £30 per session
Maximum – £65 per session.

Please note:   

• You may be asked to evidence your household income when starting therapy with KPG
• You will be required to make payment before the session
• Sessions may be terminated due to missed payments
• You will be required to pay for sessions that were not attended

Due to social distancing restrictions surrounding COVID-19, our counselling service will not be taking place face-to-face. However, we’re still here to help.
 
Our counsellors are continuing to offer support through either telephone or virtual online chat, held via Zoom or Microsoft Teams. If you, For anyone who would like to find out more, email counselling@kaleidoscopeplus.org.uk or call 0121 565 5605 to find out more details. 

Download our service leaflet here.

“The counsellor connected with me straight away and was good at giving me practical things to do as opposed to just talking.”