At the core of The Whole Works is the ‘Assessment Consultation’. Over 8,000 people have used this service since we opened in 1991 and we continue to see approximately five or six new clients a week. These sessions have proved useful, if not invaluable, for clients needing to address issues affecting their mental or physical health but preferring to put their ‘toe in the water’ first before deciding on the next step.
There is no obligation for the clients who have attended a session to take it any further if they do not wish to. The decision to follow through with a therapy is left entirely with the client to think about before any appointment is made.
The sessions can have several outcomes, but they are essentially for the benefit of you, the client, to find out what you want before making a decision to begin therapy.
The therapist will ask you about yourself and get a sense of what is happening in your life, making some assessment of what could be most beneficial to help you. The sessions can also simply be an opportunity for you to have some of your questions about the therapeutic process answered, so you, as a new client, can get clarity as to what choices are available to you. Often the sessions can throw some light on the issues to prioritise if you feel overwhelmed with many feelings and concerns all going on at once. The experienced therapist can help you to see a way clear.
The charge for the assessment is £40. Students and those who are unemployed are charged a lower rate for the assessment appointment. The assessments last one hour and are taken by an experienced therapist who has a wide knowledge of the different therapeutic approaches available.
Where clients are unable to afford the services of a Whole Works counsellor or psychotherapist, we maintain an up to date list of counselling services in Edinburgh that may be accessed at Counselling Agencies List.