Community Counselling Partnership

Are you feeling sad, lonely or depressed?

Have you suffered a loss or are you finding life difficult to cope with?

Or perhaps you are feeling stressed or anxious.

If so, perhaps you could benefit from counselling. The North Surrey Community Counselling Partnership offers low-cost counselling and is available to anyone who is able to access one of our venues which are currently located in Weybridge, Walton-on-Thames and West Molesey.

Contents

 What is Counselling?

 Ethos of the Service

 Referral Process

 How long will Counselling Continue?

 The Team of Counsellors

 Code of Ethics

 Make a Donation

 Acknowledgements

 Contact Us

Emergency Support


What is Counselling?

Counselling is a process taking place between a client and their counsellor in a private and confidential setting. The client is given an opportunity to discuss difficulties they are having, distress they are experiencing or their dissatisfaction with life. The counsellor will listen and aims to help clients make choices or bring about change. Clients are encouraged to explore their feelings and develop a greater sense of self worth.

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Ethos of the Service

The Community Counselling Partnership aims to provide an accessible service in a number of local community venues. The partnership is a non-profit making charity providing counselling on a sliding scale fee basis. Fees are agreed on an individual basis according to circumstances, thereby maximising access to the service. No one will be refused a service due to inability to pay (Further details on fees available on request).

Clients will not be discriminated against on the grounds of age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, race, culture, political or religious beliefs.

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Referral Process

Clients can access the service through self-referral or through being referred by a professional (eg. GP, Social Worker, CPN etc.).

In order to refer yourself telephone the office and the Co-ordinator will arrange for you to have an initial appointment to assess your circumstances and discuss whether counselling will be suitable for you.

If you are both in agreement that counselling is appropriate, you will be offered a course of sessions with one of the service counsellors. Most counsellors will see clients weekly for fifty minute sessions.

Professionals can make referrals by completing and returning a referral form. To obtain forms please contact the Co-ordinator on the office telephone number.

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How long will Counselling Continue?

The CCP offers short-term counselling. However, this can vary in length depending on a client's individual needs. Most clients will be offered six sessions initially. At the end of these the counsellor will discuss with the client whether further sessions are needed and if so how many. It may be felt that just a few more sessions will be sufficient or counselling may continue for several months. If it is felt that longer term counselling may be necessary the counsellor can advise on how to pursue this.

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The Team of Counsellors

All counsellors recruited by the CCP have completed a minimum of one years training and are now either still in training working towards qualifications or are qualified already. Each counsellor is carefully screened by the CCP and has to fulfil a number of requirements before being accepted.

The CCP stipulates that all our counsellors must attend regular supervision sessions arranged by the CCP Co-ordinator to ensure that their practice is professional and ethical.

All counsellors working for the CCP do so on a voluntary basis.

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Code of Ethics

The CCP is an organisational member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and as such is bound by the BACP's codes of Ethics and Practice and it's complaints procedure.

Maintaining strict confidentially is part of this code and client's personal details and the content of sessions will be protected at all times. Notes are kept secure and any discussion within supervision will be discussed without reference to the client's full name.

In the case of a referral being received from a professional, contact will only be made with the referrer with the client's consent.

On rare occasions confidentiality needs to be breached. This will only occur if a counsellor has serious concerns regarding the welfare of the client or someone close to that client.

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Make a Donation

The NSCCP is reliant on grants and donations to provide this service. If you would like to support this charity please contact us to find out how to make a donation.

The North Surrey Community Counselling Partnership is a registered charity. Registration No. 1076244

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Acknowledgements

The NSCCP is very grateful for the funding it has received from the National Association of Hospital and Community Friends, European Social Fund and Elmbridge Mental Health Association.

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Contact Us

For information or to arrange an appointment.

Telephone: 01932 244070. All enquiries will be dealt with in complete confidentiality.

(24 Hour Confidential answer service when no-one is available)

Fax: 01932 269131

e-mail: counselling@nsccp.co.uk

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Emergency Support

The NSCCP is unable to provide and emergency crisis service. If you are in urgent need of support we would advise you to contact:-

a) your GP

b) your local Samaritans (whose number will be located in the front of your Thomson Local directory or call their National Helpline on 0845 790 9090.

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Last Revised: 26th April 2002