Meeting Minds counselling
Due to the current covid-19 pandemic, Meeting Minds is currently only operating as a remote counselling service (phone/video call) and will do so for the foreseeable future.
At this time, we do not currently have any spaces available for counselling within our General service. Please do check back regularly on our website though, as some spaces may be coming available in February. There are still a couple of spaces available within our LGBTQ+ service for January. Please see the LGBTQ+ counselling page for more information.
Please be aware that our counselling service is a primary care service, working with mild-moderate mental health struggles. We are not able to provide secondary mental health care.
What does Meeting Minds offer?
Our team of therapists and trainee counsellors provide one-to-one therapy for adults over the age of 18 at an affordable rate dependent on disposable household income. We offer up to 16 weeks (4 months) of counselling, with some scope to extend this where appropriate and following discussion with your counsellor.
We also offer LGBTQ+ specific counselling.
Our service works within the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy’s (BACP) Ethical framework.
Who offers counselling?
Meeting Minds counselling is offered both by fully qualified counsellors and counsellors in the final stages of their training. All have undertaken considerable training in counselling and have an understanding of mental health issues. Additionally, all our counsellors receive supervision in accordance with BACP or UKCP guidelines.
Knowing what type of counselling you need may feel confusing as there are so many styles, names and approaches often advertised. In our initial meeting we will discuss and, if necessary, explain the different styles of counselling and what might be helpful and appropriate to your difficulties or the challenges you may be facing. Our aim will then be to place you with the most suitable available therapist from our team.
When and Where does counselling take place?
Meeting Minds counselling takes place at Bristol Mind’s premises at:
35 Old Market Street
Bristol BS2 0EZ
We currently offer sessions on Mondays up to 8pm, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 9.00am and 5.30pm and on Fridays between 9.00am and 2.30pm
Each session lasts 50 minutes.
What are the costs?
Each potential client is individually reviewed in terms of fees and we will let you know the amount you will need to pay for the counselling at the end of the initial appointment. We ask potential clients to let us know their overall household income from earnings or benefits during the initial meeting. We take into consideration outgoings, such as mortgage, rent, utility bills, debts and expenditure for children and those you support.
As a guide we have a sliding scale of fees from between £35 to £20 per session. Please note that all counselling appointments after 4pm cost £35.
The initial appointment costs £15 (see below).
For people receiving ESA or PIP, we do have some low-cost spaces available and can discuss an affordable weekly fee during the initial assessment.
How do I book an initial appointment?
If you are interested in pursuing counselling with us, you will firstly need to complete a registration form. We will then be able to let you know whether we have any spaces currently available for counselling which might suit your stated availability. If we do, an initial meeting will then be offered to you. The initial appointment costs £15 and you should allow up to an hour for this appointment.
Please note that we do not hold a waiting list and so will only take registrations from potential clients when we know that we have regular spaces available or about to become so.
To request a registration form please email email@example.com and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
If you would rather speak to us, please call 0117 980 0385
Please note that the Meeting Minds admin office is only staffed part-time, on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
If you wish to donate to Bristol Mind, please send electronic payments to Bristol Mind, Account No: 65050011 & Sort Code: 08-92-99
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