FAQS

How do I Get Started?

Therapeutic Consultation: Therapeutic support starts with a ‘consultation’ – one or two initial sessions that help you and the therapist understand your difficulties better so both of you can decide what will best meet your needs.  Colleen will ask you more details about your difficulties, your current situation and your history.

Sometimes just having the consultation is enough to ‘help you help yourself’. If  there is someone else who might be able to help you better than she can, Colleen will ask your permission to refer you to another practitioner if this is necessary.

How Much Does Therapy Cost?

Counselling Bradford currently charges £51 per session for individuals and £62 for couples. (Rates current from October 2017). Extended EMDR sessions (1.5 hours) are £76.

It is sometimes possible to offer concessionary rates after the consultation process.

Can’t I Get Counselling through the NHS?

The NHS does offer short term counselling through IAPT. Please ask your GP to make a referral. If you don’t want to wait for this treatment, you can contact Colleen directly. If you want, she will liaise with your GP, with your permission.

Will My Private Health Insurers Pay for Therapy?

Colleen is registered with a number of insurance companies including AXA, BUPA, Simply Health and Aviva. The therapies most recommended by insurers are short term CBT (cognitive behaviour therapy) and EMDR (eye movement desensitisation & reprocessing).

What if I’m experiencing Work Related Stress?

Many employers offer employee assistance counselling (EAP) for difficulties affecting work, personal life or work-life balance. Speak to your manager or contact Human Resources to see if your company offers this confidential service. Colleen works for a number of Employee Assistance Agencies including Optum/PPC, Care First, First Assist (Capita), Validium, Ceridian Lifeworks, AXA ICAS, BJF, Health Assured, Everwell, The Retail Therapy Trust and Right Management.

Colleen also has training in ‘critical incident debriefing‘ and ‘psychological first aid’. These are recognised interventions for ‘out of the ordinary’ stressful work place events which have had a major impact on employees.

So, if you think it would be helpful to have a therapeutic consultation, contact Colleen Heenan at Counselling Bradford and make an appointment today.  She can ‘help you help yourself’.