There are plenty of counselling and psychotherapy opportunities in the Mayfair area covering a whole range of therapies and no doubt a huge scale of fees. For example, Harley Street is located within this area where you could potentially pay high hourly rates to see a counsellor or psychotherapist within a private group practice.
Counselling services, however, need not necessarily break the bank. For instance, there is a low cost drop-in centre right in the heart of Mayfair. ‘The Caravan Drop In‘ is a service provided by therapists in training from the CCPE and it operates out of a caravan provided by St. James’s Church in Piccadilly. The caravan is located within the grounds of the church and is, therefore, close to many public transport hubs that serve Mayfair and Piccadilly.
The caravan has been a feature of St. James’s courtyard since 1982 and indeed will be celebrating 30 years of service in September 2012. Counselling at the Caravan is offered by volunteers who are undergoing professional accredited training, most are training with the CCPE.
Why not visit the Caravan Facebook page
What kind of services can you expect from the caravan? The drop-in offers a core service of listening and emotional support, which can, by arrangement, evolve into counselling. The service is available daily on a drop-in basis. Volunteers work at the same time each week. If the counsellor is already with someone, they will tell you when they will be free or when the next volunteer’s slot begins.
The volunteers adhere to the BACP Code of Ethics and Practice in all aspects of the work, including confidentiality. Why not arrange to pop in and pay a visit. A crisis listening service in the heart of a cold city?
How do you know if you need counselling?
This is a question that can produce very different responses from person to person. People seek to start on a series of counselling sessions for a number of reasons. Some wish to gain clarity on a particular issue whilst others want to change old patterns of behaviour or unravel complex personal issues. A common motivating factor for seeking counselling is to overcome a personal crisis, or having being encouraged to seek counselling by family members, friends or colleagues. Others seek out counselling services for self-development purposes. The caravan service provides opportunities for crisis listening right in the heart of busy and bustling Piccadilly where you might like to just pop in and say hello.
Noel Bell is an integrative psychotherapist. That means that I use a range of tools and techniques to best meet the needs of each particular client. I believe therapy should be based on what the client needs, rather than getting clients to comply with standardised treatments. Being integrative means being committed to the whole project of therapy, rather than to a particular approach.