Meeting Minds LGBTQ+ counselling
Due to the current covid-19 pandemic, Meeting Minds is now only operating as a remote counselling service (phone/video call) and will do so for the foreseeable future.
We will be taking on new clients for remote sessions as an when we have availability. Currently we do not have spaces to take any new registrations, however do check back here on a regular basis as this may change.
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 LGBTQ+ counselling offer?
Bristol Mind offers adults (over 18yrs) an honest non-judgemental space and the opportunity to talk about any aspect of themselves and their life experiences. Counselling can help individuals explore current or past feelings and experiences, relationships with others, general mental and emotional wellbeing. Our therapies enable clients to talk to people who may understand, perhaps just a little bit more, because they too have lived experience of being LGBTQ.
Our therapists 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 4 months of counselling, with the option to extend this if you and your counsellor feel it to be appropriate.
Our service works within the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy’s (BACP) Ethical framework.
Who offers counselling?
Meeting Minds counselling is offered by counsellors with LGBTQ+ lived experience. They have all undertaken considerable training in counselling and have an understanding of mental health issues. All our counsellors receive supervision in accordance with BACP guidelines.
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
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 from between £35 to £20 per session. The initial appointment costs £15 (see below.)
In the event of financial hardship consideration to what would be an affordable fee can be discussed.
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 schedule an initial appointment with you. The initial appointment will cost £15 and may last up to an hour .
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (please specify in your email that you are interested in LGBTQ+ specific counselling) and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
If you would rather speak to us, call 0117 980 0385
Please note that the Meeting Minds admin office is only staffed part-time, on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Visit our LGBTQ+ page for information on other LGBTQ+ specific services we offer.
If you wish to donate to Bristol Mind, please send electronic payments to Bristol Mind, Account No: 65050011 & Sort Code: 08-92-99
Please include the word “Donation” and your name or your organisation name as a reference.