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Counselling support

A discretionary one-off payment of up to £900 per year, is available towards counselling costs for a beneficiary, and their families. This is in response to beneficiary feedback about the difficulties they have faced when seeking counselling. 

This funding is available for:

  • the cost of an assessment with a counsellor
  • the number of counselling sessions required

Who can apply for counselling? 

To apply for the counselling discretionary one-off payment, the applicant must be either:

How to apply for counselling

To apply through EIBSS, the applicant must send a:

Alternatively, the applicant can send a medical letter from a registered counsellor confirming the cost, number of counselling sessions required, and confirmation of which approved register for counsellors they are on. 

For help finding a locally registered counsellor, you can visit these websites:

Find an NHS psychological therapies service (IAPT) - talking therapy and counsellingBritish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

If you’re under the care of a specialist, the treatment centre you attend may be able to refer you to services in your area.

Your GP can also offer advice on local NHS services for support with your mental and physical health.