The initial session at Higher Ground Counselling will last 50 minutes and will entail getting know each other briefly, going through a small amount of paperwork; and having a chat (over a cup of tea, if you'd like one) about how the counselling process works and may benefit you. Payment for this session must be made prior to our meeting, via bank transfer; & is non refundable in the event of cancellation.
After your induction session - the counselling process will begin. Each session takes place in my comfortable and homely counselling room in Huddersfield; and lasts for fifty minutes. Payments must be made prior to our sessions by bank transfer; or in cash on the day.
I offer a discounted rate for those on low incomes; and for students. Proof of benefits or NUS card/ student ID is required at first session. If I am booked by a funded, registered charity or organisation, I am also happy to accept this discounted fee.
All missed sessions (unless I'm notified in advance when you first book) will be charged at the rate of £24. This is because once a regular slot has been booked for you, it cannot be taken by another Client.
Some good Counsellors will inform their Clients that their session notes are available to see upon request; where as some Counsellors don't tell their Clients this at all. Most Clients don't even realise that it's their legal right to access this information!
A Client can finish the counselling process with all the emotional tools they need in order to change their lives for the better; but because so much ground is covered in sessions, it can be difficult to remember everything.
So much useful work is completed in sessions; and I personally believe that it's a shame that the Counsellor is the only one who ends up keeping all the records, only to file them away so that they never sees the light of day until they're shredded five years later!
Higher Ground is different.
Not only do I like to keep my fees low and affordable; but I also like to give my Clients more for their money. What could be a better ending gift than something physical to be able to proudly look back at, and say, "Just look how far I've come! "