26th October 2016 

How to take the first steps when seeking Counselling help

The first step for all of us when considering asking for help with our lives, is to actually take a decision to do just that...

ask for help...

Information and fees #01For many people, this is a courageous step that is not taken lightly...

Some of us may feel that this step represents failure, others may feel too low or desperate to care about such concepts and just want to get some help as soon as possible

However we approach this first step, in order to get help - the crucial thing is...

to take it...

It is however most advisable to choose carefully your source of help... and to look closely at the qualifications of the person you feel that you would like to contact to get that help more... in 'Professional Standards' below

If you choose to contact Ocean Counselling for help, you will be able to speak with a qualified Counsellor who will explain more about Counselling and will be able to answer any questions you may have about the Counselling process. We hope you are able to come to a decision that will benefit you


Fees... and information on Counselling sessions

Counselling sessions last for about 55 minutes and are available during the day and in the eveings up to around 7.30 pm at Chipping Campden, North Gloucestershire. The cost of an initial or 'One off' session is 45. Charges for any further sessions are 55 (65 for Specialist Counselling). Fees are however negotiable in some cases in order to reflect financial circumstances and we will do our best to help with a fee that you feel comfortable with and that you feel is affordable


Home Counselling

Some of us may find it difficult to leave the house when we are very worried or anxious - others may have transport problems or other issues which make it difficult to have Counselling at the locations that we offer. If for any reason you would prefer to have Counselling in your own home - a Home Counselling Service is available

If you would like to have Home Counselling please call to speak with a Counsellor who will be happy to discuss your needs

There is no extra charge for our Home Counselling service for clients who live in the general local vicinity to the counselling rooms at Chipping Campden

When offering Home Counselling over greater distances a nominal fee may sometimes be chargeable to cover the cost of travelling expenses and would always be negotiated and agreed before any expenses are incurred. All charges can be reviewed at any time if circumstances change

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further information...


Confidentiality is understandably one of the biggest areas of concern for many who are considering Counselling. Here, clear assurances can be made by the Counsellor and by Ocean Counselling. Confidentiality is always assured within the boundaries of The British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) ethical framework

If you are considering harming yourself or are already doing so… this is something that can be sensitively discussed within the confines of confidentiality

In the event that you are feeling that you could harm someone else, this too can initially be discussed sensitively and in confidence more…

The BACP ethical framework outlines two main areas which are exempt from the client/counsellor confidentiality agreement or contract. These two areas relate to…

  • Any information revealed by the client that relates to an act or planned act of terrorism

  • Information relating to the harm or possible harm of someone under the age of 18

    Confidential information is stored and disposed of in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998

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    Professional Standards and Professional Bodies

    The Counselling profession, like many other helping professions, is currently implementing new and long awaited regulation. The British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) a well-established and well respected professional overseeing body have established an ethical framework outlining a code of ethical and professional conduct which has been constantly updated since it’s conception in 1978 and are now compiling a list of 'Registered Accredited Members'. Professional Counsellors are committed to working within the ethical framework guidelines and are accountable to this professional body, and can only remain registered by continuing to work within the ethical framework and demonstrate competency and professional growth. The BACP require Counsellors to have qualified at a 'Diploma' level 4 or above before they can join the accredited list - and it is strongly recommended that anyone seeking Counselling help should look out for this accreditation which demonstrates a professional level of competence

    Contact BACP


    Email: bacp@bacp.co.uk

    Ethical guidance for the practice of Psychotherapy is also put forward by another professional Counselling body, the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), established around 20 years ago this professional body is again well-established and is both a support for therapists and a resource for clients

    Contact UKCP


    Email: info@psychotherapy.org.uk


    All Counsellors must have insurance cover - required under the BACP guidelines for professional practice. Ocean Counselling carries the required level of insurance for professional practice

    Administration - environmental policy

    Ocean Counselling attempts to operate in a way that respects the environment as much as is possible, by cutting down excessive or unwanted journeys, paying attention to planning and using vehicles which produce low emissions. We use energy saving and recycled products as often as we can and recycle all our (non-confidential) waste paper. We also try to cut down our energy use in as many ways as possible

    For further information please contact us at


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