3 Counties Counselling Service

Common Questions

Q1 Are you a Counselling Agency?

No. 3CCS was an individual private practice offered by Peter Eldridge.

Q2 What did it cost?

Individuals: £50 per 60-minute session
Couples: £70 per 60-minute session
Counsellor Supervision: £55 per 60-minute individual session

Non-attendance was chargeable in full unless notified a minimum of 24 hours beforehand.

Q3 How many sessions will I need?

Only you will be able to determine that, but you will be free to stop at any time. A single past trauma may be resolvable in a handful of sessions. Some problems and issues (e.g. repeated traumas or multiple and complex attachment issues) can be resolved reasonably quickly (perhaps 6-12 sessions). Others may take rather longer especially if complex, multiple issues are involved (possibly 13-25 sessions). Some clients benefit from even longer-term counselling because they need ongoing support to cope with life's challenges, or they've had chronic trauma and attachment issues, or long term and severe dissociation. I would be sensitive to your needs, your goals and your ability to invest your time and money to get the help you seek. But I retired in mid-October 2021 so this impacted the number of sessions available, or highlighted a need for sessions to be longer than 60 minutes.

Q4 Which days and time of day can I come?

3 Counties Counselling Service and Objective Reach Counselling Services are now both closed.

Q5 How would I know how to see you for counselling?

I used to respond as quickly as I could to a client's initial enquiry by phone or e-mail. Latterly I only practised online, using Zoom (or, if necessary VSee, WhatsApp Video or telephone), which I could help clients find and use. I used to send clients a two-page MS Word document to explain online work and technology, give them important tips, tell them how to pay my session fees directly, and respond to agree to work with me on-line.

Q6 How did I know you would keep what I say confidential?

I offered an exceedingly high level of confidentiality. It would have been professionally unethical for me to do otherwise. I kept any notes I might write about my work with clients quite separate from the identifying contact information they give me. There are only three important exceptions to a client's total confidentiality: -

a) If they told me they intended physically to harm themself or another person (or they told me that they intended a terrorist act!).
b) If a judge in court (and only a judge in court) ordered me to divulge my notes or face imprisonment! (This is very rare, and I never experienced this, nor knew personally any other counsellor who had).
c) If I should have needed to talk about my work with them during my own regular Counselling Supervision (though I would always take great care not to reveal a client's true identity in any way to a Supervisor, who offered me the same ethical duty of care as I offered my clients).

Q7 What is a Counselling Supervisor?

Every ethically practising counsellor or psychotherapist in Great Britain is obliged to meet regularly with his or her Counselling Supervisor as a condition of membership of their major professional bodies. This brings objective support and guidance to the counsellor and promotes good practice to the benefit of the client. If a client's own counselling is discussed in Supervision, I kept that client's identity from the Supervisor (and disguised any facts which might conceivably otherwise identify them).

Q8 Did you offer Christian or other Religion-specific Counselling?

No, but I was sensitive to the importance of faith in the lives of my clients and I empathised with any religious point of view that they may have held or needed to discuss.

Q9 Did you have facilities for those with Activity Limitation?

No, but worked on the ground floor of my house or remotely on-line. I am no longer in practice.

Q10 Could you counsel in languages other than English?

I could work in passably fluent French.

Q11 Did you offer Couples Counselling?

Yes, I was a trained Couples Counsellor. Latterly I saw couples online, either sharing a camera or, using individual ones, possibly from separate locations if using Zoom.

Q12 Did you offer Youth Counselling?

No. I worked only with clients who have reached or passed their 18th birthday.

Q13 Did you offer EMDR (and what is that)?

Yes, I was a trained, qualified and EMDR Europe Accredited EMDR Practitioner. EMDR is Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing – a relatively new (about 35 years old) and highly effective therapy originally used to help people with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, but subsequently discovered to help with many other mentally disturbing conditions including abuse/neglect/bullying memories, phobias, toxic shame, OCD, depression, binge-eating and low self-esteem. I was also experienced at incorporating the FLASH Technique within EMDR, enabling clients to process past traumas whilst thinking about something pleasant instead of the upsetting trauma itself!

Q14 Did you offer Supervision for other Counsellors?

Yes, I was trained and qualified to offer either individual or group supervision to both trainee and qualified counsellors.

Q15 Did you offer counselling for Senior Citizens?

Yes. I understood that older people can benefit from talking to a counsellor because counsellors are good listeners. If you feel you have concerns about any areas of your life, sharing them with a counsellor can give you a better understanding of them and help you cope with them. It is not a sign of personal weakness to ask for help – it is a sign of self-esteem, courage and strength.

Q16 Did you offer EAP and Company Counselling?

I did.

Q17 What was your Privacy Policy?

You can see my GDPR-compliant Privacy Policy at this link

Q18 Did you offer online counselling?

Yes, via video link if clients had a PC, lap-top, tablet or smartphone, or by telephone.

Q19 How do I contact you?

Please do not do so, as I no longer practise.
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