At present, all of our sessions are taking place online, and we have lowered our session costs accordingly. We will do everything we can to return to safe face-to-face working when the time comes. In the meantime, many of our carers have responsibilities for people who are clinically vulnerable and we want to ensure that we do not put any of our therapists, our clients, or the people they care for, at risk of harm.
As a social enterprise, Counselling Carers does not aim to make a profit from our work. Instead, we try to keep our counselling sessions as affordable as possible, whilst paying our staff a fair wage and covering our other costs, such as room hire, travel, insurance, administration, and supervision. Any profit we make goes straight back into funding our reduced-fee sessions.
We recognise that carers often have financial burdens as a result of their caring role, and we do provide reduced-fee sessions to those who are in receipt of certain benefits. If you are struggling financially and are in receipt of universal credit please get in touch to arrange a reduced fee session.
We do sometimes get funding to provide free or low-cost sessions, so please get in touch with us to find out whether we have spaces for this.
If finance is an issue, we will work with you to find a way to provide you with the support you need in a way that works for your financial situation. Some clients find that they can reduce spending in another area for the duration of their therapy, and they see this as an investment in themselves and the person they are caring for.
Finally, there are NHS services available free of charge to all. Unfortunately, waiting times are long, there is usually a limit of 6-8 sessions and there is no guarantee that your therapist will have any experience of supporting carers. By contrast, we can usually see clients straight away, we have no limit on the number of sessions you can have, and all of our therapists have chosen to specialise in therapeutic support for carers.
Counselling Carers specialises in supporting carers and this is our main aim. However, we are happy to help you to find a therapist who can work with the person you care for. Please contact us and we can arrange a referral.
We also work in partnership with Spokz People C.I.C who are a non-profit organisation providing support for disabled adults, their family members and professionals. They are launching an online well-being community this autumn. They also offer one-to-one in-person support, though not at present due to the Covid situation. www.spokzpeople.org.uk