To refer a patient or a client:
If you are a GP, or part of a NHS service, or another agency, or an employer, and wish to refer someone for counselling, with their permission, please download the Salisbury Counselling Service Referral Form here (as a PDF file or MSWord .doc); fill it in as completely as possible; and send it to us, by post, to the address below, or (better still) e-mail it to which is more preferable and also much quicker.
  *  There are normally no costs or charges made for referrals: and no liability is created.
  *  Employers and other services may wish to pay for a course of counselling for their employees or referred person and, in such circumstances, arrangements can be made to invoice employers or referrers.
  *  If you do refer someone for counselling and they take this up, then we will make a short report back to you at the end of the counselling, with the client's permission and without breaking confidentiality.

To self-refer:
You may - of course - refer yourself to the service.  Please ring the Service number or e-mail us (see below).  After taking a few details during a reasonably short telephone call, if everything seems suitable, we will arrange an initial assessment session with you. This will be charged as below.
*   In the case of self-referrals, we recommend that people inform their GP that they are (or going to be) in receipt of counselling.

Cost of Sessions:
After the initial 75-minute assessment session, the client will be referred to an appropriate counsellor and sessions will be charged at £25.00 per session, or £20.00 per session for 5 or more sessions. All normal counselling sessions last about 50-minutes.

Client Fees:


Assessment session:


Session 1:


Session 2:


Session 3:


Session 4:


Session 5:

£  0.00

Session 6:


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Session 8:




Please understand that, unless otherwise arranged, all fees are payable by the client, by cash or cheque or bank transfer, at the time of the session.  There are no other discounts and no referral charges or benefits.

The range of 'topics' suitable for counselling include:

  • Stress, depression, anxiety and low self-esteem
  • Relationship problems
  • Bereavement and other loss (for example, miscarriage and abortion)
  • Coming to terms with traumatic events (for example, accidents, life changes, etc.)
  • Sexual difficulties and addictive behaviour patterns
  • Coping with violence and abuse 
  • Work difficulties (bullying, redundancy, problems with colleagues) 
  • Self-harm; etc.

Counselling is not suitable for: * People with a mental illness or problems that affect their ability to make constructive relationships, concentrate, and attend regularly (examples include: severe depression, psychotic illness, etc.); * People with severe post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); * People who are currently engaged in extreme forms of self-destructive behaviour, prolonged substance abuse, alcohol abuse, or eating disorders; or * People with a history of violent or abusive behaviour.
There are specialist services available for all these conditions.

It does not matter whether the client (or you, as the client) is/are on anti-depressant or anti-anxiety medication. Counselling has been shown to be particularly effective in such cases.

Other Support:
There are various self-help books, booklets and printed handouts that are, either available for the clients from the counsellors, or that can be sent to clients by e-mail. These help to support the client's process, add to the discussion in the sessions, and reinforce the client, when at home, to help achieve their self-defined goals.
* There is more information about support on this website: see the link in the banner above, or click here.
* You can also download an 8-12 page, PDF booklet on Anxiety, Depression or Stress (by clicking on the appropriate word).
On Assessment:
Clients are given a standard 'assessment' and 'outcome' forms, as part of their initial session.
On Conclusion:
The initial assessment forms are given to them again at completion, so as to be able to monitor their progress simply, clearly & effectively.
*  At the end of the counselling, a short written report on their progress will be sent to the GP or referrer (where appropriate and only with the client's consent).
*  Clients will be asked to fill in a Client Satisfaction Questionnaire.

For any further information: please ring 07730-422800
or for a full document on Policies and Procedures, click here.