Mind in Kingston

About our Counselling Service

Mind in Kingston Counselling Service offers one to one counselling sessions to individuals living, working or studying within the Borough of Kingston.

We particularly welcome people who are currently in employment, education or have caring responsibilities and are unable to access daytime counselling.

We usually offer 12 sessions but with a possibility for an extension if necessary.

Each session will last 50 minutes and will take place on a weekly basis at a regular date and time, currently remotely via telephone.

Our counselling service is coordinated by Vicky Bourne, the Counselling & Wellbeing Manager and a fully qualified counsellor, who oversees intake and allocation of clients, recruitment of new counsellors, supervision of counsellors and the administration for the service.

NEW! - thanks to COVID-19 Emergency Funding from the National Lottery Community Fund, we are able to offer an extended service between October 2020 and March 2021. We have recruited an additional 3 counsellors to support the service, and provide one-to-one sessions for people affected by COVID-19 especially but also general emotional issues. Contact details are as below.

What is Counselling?

Counselling is a talking therapy which takes place in a safe and confidential setting. It allows individuals to explore their thoughts, feelings and behaviours and learn to manage those better.

At Mind in Kingston, we believe that the counsellor's role is to work alongside individuals to help them discover alternative ways to improve their lives and resolve current and past issues.

Our counsellors offer professional and confidential support to people who wish to enhance their quality of life.

How can I get Counselling?

To access our counselling service, you can either be referred by a GP, the CMHT or a voluntary organisation, or you can contact us direct by phone or email (see below for details).

We will invite you for an assessment which will give you, and us, an opportunity to discuss your issues and decide if counselling is the best way forward. If you are referred for counselling, we will put you on our waiting list. The waiting time depends on the number of people requesting the service. 

You will need to be 18 or over and live, work or study in the Borough of Kingston.   

Will I need to pay?

There is a fixed fee of 20 for your assessment. 

The fee for each session is between 15 and 35 depending on financial circumstances. Fees will be discussed during your initial assessment appointment and will be means tested. The lower fees will only be available to people on benefits or very low income.  

Counselling Placements

Our counselling service offers volunteer placement opportunities to students who are in their second year of study and have at least 35-50 hours of counselling experience. Students must be registered with a recognised counselling or physotherapy body such as the BACP or UKCP, and working towards their accreditation. At present, we cannot offer clinical supervision and placements are expected to source their own clinical supervision. We do offer workplace supervision and there is opportunity to discuss clients and cases.

For enquiries please contact Vicky Bourne, Counselling Coordinator at vicky@mindinkingston.org.uk. Vicky works on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Tel: 020 8255 3939

This service is part-funded by the Kingston CCG, and the National Lottery Community Fund (Oct 20 to March 21 only).

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