When people ask me why we started The Eaves I had to look deep to find the answer and it was simple in the end. I knew it had to be better than the counselling experience I’d had when I had counselling for the first time. I was shown through to her tiny back bedroom by a very kindly lady who unfortunately didn’t seem to have any idea how to help me.
During my counselling training, supervision and placement (again in another pokey little room) I started to understand what made me feel safe, valued and understood, both as a client, supervisee and as a counsellor. Yes, even counsellors like to feel safe, valued and looked after! From the comfortable seating, quiet sound-proofed rooms, carefully thought out lighting, even down to the glass bottle of chilled water, I started to gather ‘evidence’ to help define what builds into a great experience of private practice for practitioners.
From these beginnings, Stefan and I realised that not all therapy takes place 9-5, particularly in private practice. We wanted our practitioners (affiliates we call them at The Eaves) to have full autonomy in their practice, backed up with secure, stylish offices, a dedicated reception with quality reading material and toys, supportive colleagues, refreshments and of course, chilled glass bottles of water.
As two accredited counsellors we really do understand the anxiety and worry that goes with setting up your own practice because that’s exactly what we did 15 years ago. That is why our rates are really affordable and just to help that bit more, we give you your second month’s rent free. Marketing yourself is tough, that is why we offer free, regular marketing training and one-to-one advice if you want it. Hidden extras can trip up practitioners setting up in private practice, that’s why we don’t charge you for your profile page or the large amount of advertising we do in order to bring clients to The Eaves.
As an Eaves affiliate you can book ad hoc hours on line at any (or all) of our thriving practices you can book one slot or many. The pleasure of watching our affiliates grow their private practices is why we do what we do so well.
The Eaves has three fantastic locations in the prestigious Surrey towns of Guildford, Farnham and Godalming. With plentiful local parking, mainline train stations nearby and frequent bus services, The Eaves is central for local towns such as; Woking, Puttenham, Merrow, Haslemere, Alton, Farnborough and Cranleigh.
Clean, warm, attractive rooms
All seventeen of the therapy rooms at the Eaves are clean, warm, well decorated and relaxing and used only for psychological services. Privacy and comfort are paramount for our clients and there are comfortable waiting areas with magazines and gentle music. There is a kitchen stocked with a range of teas and coffee (and of course, a full biscuit jar). We supply chilled water and glasses for your clients’ comfort. The Guildford and Farnham therapy rooms are easily adapted for small groups of up to 10 people.
The Eaves has free wi-fi for all therapists and counsellors working there. In addition, each reception has a Guest access log on and access to a high quality colour printer/copier/scanner. There is also a pc projector available on request.
Free web profile
All therapists and counsellors working at The Eaves have a free profile page on our own website as well as featuring on each page detailing the issues you work with. Clients are actively encouraged to contact you directly and we do not charge you for Eaves referrals. You can write your own profile and appear on our Meet the Team page free of charge and we will happily link to your own website. This raises your profile, the profile of the team and attracts potential clients to your practice.
There is an established free referral system that places clients contacting The Eaves with a suitably trained therapist or psychologist. We always emphasise that referrals are likely but not guaranteed given the nature of our profession! We also employ a personal telephone answering service 8am – 8pm Monday – Saturday, just so that no potential client’s calls are missed.
There is no complicated pricing structure at The Eaves. You book your regular weekly four-hour block of time on a month-by-month basis and we offer discount for more slots taken. Depending how many ‘slots’ you book, this can mean you rent your room for as little as £8.00 an hour. Once you have booked at least one block you can then book adhoc one hour bookings as and when you need it using our fantastic online booking system. This means you can see clients at ANY of our Eaves locations, you can just book it in yourself. The charge for this is £15 an hour. The block times are as follows. Morning: 9am – 1pm Afternoon: 1pm – 5pm Evening: 5pm – 9pm.
We politely draw your attention to our minimum entry level requirements of appropriate qualification, membership of a governing body, private indemnity insurance and on-going supervision.