You can download a referral form here and send in to our Derby office at 41 Leopold Street, Derby, DE1 2HF. We will write to you to let you know that your form has been received.
How long will I have to wait for an appointment?
We try and manage a waiting list of around 3 months, however due to high demand we are currently operating a waiting list of around 6 months. This may be longer in certain parts of the county.
What happens in an assessment?
An assessment takes place with you and a therapist. It may or may not be the same therapist you see for your weekly counselling sessions. It will involve talking about:
Your current need for counselling
How you are coping
What support you need
How you would like counselling to help you.
We will also talk together about your readiness and suitability for counselling. Not everyone will be ready or suitable for therapy. An assessment is also a good time for you to ask any questions that you may have about therapy.
How many sessions will I need?
We offer up to 26 sessions for our adult service. You may not need all of these sessions. Everyone is different.
How can counselling help me?
Counselling can help in many ways. Just talking to someone in confidence can help in itself. It gives you the chance to focus on you and reflect on your feelings and experiences. It can offer insight and understanding into your current circumstances and help you to make positive changes in your life. Counselling can help you to feel better about yourself, increase your self-esteem and overall confidence.
How might I feel after a therapy session?
In therapy you will come face to face with some difficult emotions and memories, some which you have kept buried. This can feel emotionally challenging at times. Sometimes you might feel worse before you feel better, but that is normal for the counselling process. Be prepared that after a therapy session you might feel tired, drained and a bit ‘raw’. It is therefore important to take good care of yourself.
What type of therapy do you offer?
We use an integrative approach to counselling which is underpinned by a trauma informed model. This includes person centred and psychodynamic counselling.