Shining a light in the darkness
Our staff counsellors are fully trained and have many years experience of working with couples. As with individual counselling, The Light House offers a safe space for you to talk through any issues you may be experiencing in your relationship.
We offer individual counselling for anyone regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender or sexuality. The Light House is a safe place to discuss any issues no matter how big or small in a non-judgemental environment.
How many Sessions
We can offer you up to 8 counselling sessions initially, if further sessions are required this will be done in discussion with your counsellor and at the discretion of the agency. Counselling sessions can be weekly, fortnightly or as agreed with your counsellor.
All clients will have an Initial Assessment, this usually takes about an hour. The Initial Assessment session is free, however there is a registration fee (see below). The Initial Assessment is with a counsellor who will not necessarily be your counsellor for counselling. After the Initial Assessment there is a wait period while a suitable counsellor is allocated to you.
The Light House as a charitable organisation relies on donations to fund our work. These donations come from those who support our work on a regular basis and from any successful applications to Grant Making Trusts. The Light House is also dependent upon the income received through payments from our clients, without which we could not continue to provide a counselling service to all those in need of counselling help. This money also cover our overheads, which includes salaries, utilities and upkeep of the building.
To register for counselling with us, we have a registration fee of £20 for an individual and £25 for a couple, which is to cover our administration costs. This fee is payable upon registration and must be paid before your free Initial Assessment takes place. All clients who refer to The Light House for counselling require an Initial Assessment prior to commencing counselling, this assessment is FREE. The session usually lasts an hour.
Counselling Session Fees
We ask clients to pay for their sessions at a rate that is affordable to them and is based on their household income including any benefits and before tax. The majority of these fees are only part of what an individual session costs The Light House to provide, which is £45. If you are able to pay more than your contribution rate suggests, this would be most welcome, and will go towards the actual cost of your session.
When funds permit, all shortfall in contributions have to be met by The Light House Support Fund, a fund that relies on us receiving additional external donations and grants.
The fees will be discussed and agreed at your initial assessment appointment. For those who are on benefits, proof of benefits will be required.
The Light House is committed to providing a counselling service that is accessible to all, we understand that everyone’s circumstances are different, and you might feel that the contribution rate scale does not reflect what is affordable for you. If you believe there are exceptional circumstances we need to take into account, we will be happy to discuss this with you at your Initial Assessment.
We do provide a limited number of counselling sessions between 5pm and 7pm Monday to Friday. These are provided on a limited basis for those who are working and find it difficult to attend during the day. The fee for these sessions will be £45 per session.