Meeting Minds counselling

*Availability update*

We currently have face to face and remote video sessions coming available throughout the week. If you are interested, please email counselling@bristolmind.org.uk for a registration form.

Please note 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.

We are currently operating a hybrid service of face-face or video sessions.  

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 LGBTQIA+ 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 Mind Bristol’s premises at:

Mind Bristol
St. Brandon’s House
29 Great George St
Bristol BS1 5QT

We currently offer sessions Monday – Friday between 9.00am and 6.00pm

Each session lasts 50 minutes.

What are the costs?

This is not a funded service and we have identified to deliver this service the usual session cost is £35.  We are aware that for some individuals this may be an unaffordable weekly commitment and so please discuss this in the assessment.

If you need to discuss a lower fee, it would be helpful if you know your overall household income (single or joint) from earnings or benefits when you come to your initial appointment.  We take into consideration outgoings such as mortgage, rent, utility bills, food, debts and expenditure for children or those you may support. Following the assessment we will let you know the fee we can accommodate for your counselling.

As a guide we have a slight scale with min cost of £20 per session. We ask clients to pay weekly: in-person sessions are payable by card/contactless at the time of the session, and remote sessions are payable via payment links sent to a client’s email address.

Cancellations with less than 24 hours’ notice are charged at £20. If you Do Not Attend a session and don’t let us know in advance, the full fee is charged.

The initial appointment costs £20 (see below).

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 £20 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 counselling@bristolmind.org.uk and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Please note that the Meeting Minds admin office is only staffed part-time, on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

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