If you are self-funding or funded by your health insurance, you are able to pick up the phone and refer yourself to Beacon House. We do not need a GP referral. If our service is going to be funded by a third party (e.g. Social Care, Education, Health) then a professional is asked to complete our referral form in the first instance.
How can I be confident that I, or my child, will be in safe hands at Beacon House?
Beacon House is highly committed to safeguarding and protecting everyone who comes into contact with our team. Please visit our policies page for our Safeguarding Policy, and we also have a robust safer recruitment policy in place. Our therapists are all highly trained, and closely supervised to ensure safe, high quality clinical practice.
Will my therapist be able to guarantee that everything I share is kept confidential?
How do I raise a complaint?
You can find our Concerns, Compliments and Complaints policy here.
How can I give feedback about Beacon House?
We very much welcome your feedback. You can either complete our online feedback form here, or if you are coming to our clinics, you can fill out a feedback card and post it in our comments box in the waiting room. If you have had therapy with us, you will be asked to complete a feedback form at the end where you can share compliments and any ideas for how we can improve. Alternatively, you are welcome to email us with feedback and your message will be passed to someone in our leadership team.
How much does therapy cost?
Our fees for therapy are £120 per one-hour appointment for individuals who are self-funding. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer reduced fees. Therapy is usually weekly at the same time and day each week. The length of therapy will depend on what is needed, and this will be discussed with your therapist. Costs for Local Authority or Adoption Support Fund therapy are estimated differently, please contact us for more information.
How much does an assessment cost?
Our standard brief assessment costs £180, which includes a one-hour appointment and a summary letter with therapy recommendations. If you need an extended assessment, then this will be charged at £120 per additional hour of meetings and report writing, and this will be confirmed with you at the point of referral. For complex needs, we offer an extended assessment.
How do I pay?
You will be invoiced on a monthly basis by our accounts team, for the four weeks in the previous month. You will be asked to pay within five working days of the invoice via BACS or payment over the telephone. Some individuals are able to use their medical insurance to cover the costs, but please get in touch for more information about this process.
I have a physical disability. Will I be able to access your clinics comfortably?
Yes, we are committed to ensuring that all people who would like to come to Beacon House can do so, regardless of physical disability. Our Chichester clinic is on the ground floor with wheelchair access, and our Cuckfield clinic has a lift. If you would like to discuss your physical needs before visiting us for the first time, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.
What will it be like to visit Beacon House for the first time?
It is very natural for individuals coming for the first time to feel anxious and apprehensive. Our clients tell us that they worry about what it will be like, and what they will be asked. At Beacon House, we work very hard to make your first visit as comfortable and smooth as possible. You will be welcomed by a friendly face, and will be offered tea and coffee (and snacks for young people) before your appointment starts. The first appointment is a chance to get to know you and the difficulties that you are bringing, and we very much take things at your pace. Our clients tell us that they find our therapists and the atmosphere here at Beacon House friendly, relaxed, non-judgemental and safe. We have tried to make our clinics ‘home-from-home’, and if you need anything to help reduce your anxiety for the first visit, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.
Can I bring someone to my first appointment?
Yes, absolutely! You are very welcome to bring someone with you to your first appointment to support you.
Where are you based?
We have clinics in Cuckfield and Chichester, West Sussex. We do not have clinics in other locations.
Do I have to live near to Beacon House to access your services?
For individuals who are funded via insurance or are self-funding, we do not have a catchment area, but we do strongly advise that you live within an hour’s travel from us to engage in weekly therapy. For children and families accessing the Adoption Support Fund, we ask that the child lives within Sussex to access Beacon House.
What is your cancellation policy?
We have a two week cancellation policy, which means that any appointments cancelled within two weeks’ of the date, regardless of the reason, will be charged at the full rate. This is to ensure a mutual commitment between you as the client and the therapist.
How do I book onto a training course?
All bookings can be made on our training page here. Any enquiries can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
How do I subscribe onto the Beacon House training and resources mailing list?
Please email us on email@example.com
Am I obliged to start therapy after my assessment?
No, you are very welcome to take some time to think about the therapy recommendations and if you choose not to start therapy with us after your assessment, that is okay.
Do you diagnose Autistic Spectrum Condition or ADHD?
No, we are not able to diagnose Autism or ADHD.
Do you have a psychiatrist?
No, we do not have a psychiatrist in our team.
Do you offer a crisis service?
Beacon House is open Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm. We are not able to offer a crisis service in between your appointments. If you are in crisis, please contact your GP or visit A&E.
Does your Educational Psychology Service write reports for EHCP’s or tribunals?
No. Our EP’s work in a therapeutic capacity and do not assess for EHCP’s.
Can you prescribe medication?
No, we cannot prescribe or advise on medication.
Can I access Beacon House if my child is in private care proceedings?
Our experience has taught us that therapy is often ineffective for children who are in private care proceedings, and where the relationship between the parents is highly acrimonious. We tend to recommend other support before therapy can be effectively offered.
Do you offer an inpatient or residential service?
No, we are not able to offer inpatient services.
Can I choose my own therapist?
When we receive a referral, our clinical team carefully match your needs with the most suitable therapist in the team. It is not possible for you to choose your therapist, but we are always keen to know if you have certain preferences such as their gender or a particular therapeutic approach.
Do you offer Skype therapy?
No, we are not able to offer Skype therapy.
Is there free parking at the clinics?
Yes, we have plenty of free parking at both our clinics.
Can my therapy at Beacon House be funded by the NHS?
In special circumstances, if your local NHS service has concluded that they are not able to meet your complex needs, then Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG’s) agree to fund services with Beacon House. Individuals would need to approach us when CCG funding has been agreed in principle.
Can I bring my pet dog with me to appointments?
We understand that animals can be therapeutic and that people are comforted by having their pet nearby. Unfortunately, we do not allow clients to bring their own pets to therapy. We do however allow assistance dogs (accredited or in training). Please get in touch with us before your first visit so that we can talk with you about next steps.