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Applying For Counselling 

What to do next

If you are applying for counselling, you need to complete an application form.

To obtain an application form either click on the buttons here or:

  • Email to request an application form, we will email an application pack out to you, please print and complete the Application Form, this needs to be signed by you - the applicant. If you are unable to print from emails, please inform us in your request email, providing your name and postal address, and we will send you a printed copy.

  • Telephone: 01604 633304 to request an application form (giving postal or email address).

  • You can also request a copy of our Confidentiality and Data Protection Policy, as well as our GDPR Policy, which explains what information we will hold, why we maintain records and for how long we keep these.


If you are applying for couple/marriage counselling, both applicants will need to fill in individual application forms and sign their own form.

Once an application form has been received, you will be telephoned to arrange a First Interview or Initial Assessment, which is normally held between the hours of 9.00 am and 4.00 pm Monday - Friday. This is a face-to-face interview held at our offices here at 
73 St Giles Street, Northampton NN1 1JF.

Please note: we are unable to offer a 'drop-in' or 'crisis' service. We will, however, be able to signpost you to other statutory and voluntary organisations that might be able to help you if you feel unsafe and in need of someone to talk to immediately. 

At the First Interview your suitability for counselling will be assessed. If we feel we will be able to help then after the First Interview you will be placed on our waiting list for counselling. This might take some time and we will inform you of the approximate length you are likely to wait before seeing a counsellor at your First Interview.


When a suitable Counsellor is available, s/he will contact you and offer you an initial series of four confidential counselling sessions and then review with you how things are going.

Counselling goals will again be reviewed at your sixth counselling session and then, if it is felt appropriate, you will be offered up to a maximum of twelve sessions.

In some circumstances it may be helpful to have more counselling sessions. This will be something you will review with your counsellor and if this is agreed then your counsellor will discuss this with their supervisor. This will be kept under constant review in order for you to get the most out of your counselling journey.

In most cases six to twelve sessions have been found to be helpful and sufficient.

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