“My self-employed counselling career began in November 2017 when an almost immediate response to my initial phone call led me to becoming an affiliate at The Eaves in Guildford. This has been an ideal environment in which to develop my new business and grow as a counsellor. I have benefited hugely from the interaction with other counsellors and psychologists both during my working hours and at the excellent networking and training events laid on by the organisation.“
A.D – Counsellor at The Eaves, Guildford
“I started my own private counselling practice at The Eaves in September 2019. The team are welcoming and professional and on hand to offer advice and support while giving space and autonomy to build my private practice. The free CPD events are informative and insightful, bringing a sense of camaraderie among practitioners especially with the networking that goes on after each session. The rooms are bright and spacious and client feedback suggests that the therapeutic environment is just right. Having the second month of room rental free of charge was a real lifeline at a time when the stress of starting out on my own was at its height. I now have four appointment slots across two practices and it feels like I’ve always been a part of The Eaves. Thank you to the team at all levels!“
C.F – Counsellor at The Eaves, Farnham/Guildford
“Being associated with The Eaves has added credibility to my business, as well as extending the reach of potential clients. Whilst The Eaves does not promise to provide clients for their Affiliates, it does offer the possibility of referrals. I feel supported and appreciate having a professional place to see my clients. I also value all the advertising which The Eaves do, which enhances the marketing that I undertake.
Being at The Eaves allows you to grow your Practice at your pace. It takes time, but in my experience, is well worth it.“
S.G – Counsellor at The Eaves, Godalming
The Eaves - A great place to grow your practice
We are often asked why we started The Eaves and what makes us such a great place to grow a private practice.
During our counselling training, supervision and placement Stefan and I started to understand what made us feel safe, valued and respected, both as a client, supervisee and especially as a Counsellor. We realised that it was the whole package so to speak, from the comfortable seating, quiet sound-proofed rooms, carefully thought out lighting, down to the glass bottle of chilled water for clients who were ‘drying up’. We started to gather evidence to help us 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 (our affiliates we call them at The Eaves) to have full autonomy in their practice, backed up with stylish offices, a dedicated reception with quality reading material and toys and supportive colleagues Add to this a free profile on a superbly ranked website, regular networking opportunities, free CPD, free refreshments and as much support as you need to start your thriving private practice.
Managing Director, The Eaves
What we offer you
As The Eaves Directors we understand the anxiety and worry that goes with setting up your own practice because that’s exactly what we did 20 years ago. That’s why we offer the following support to practitioners starting out:
- Comfortable therapy rooms to in a purely psychological setting
- Affordable rates, and your second month with us is free of charge
- Free marketing and referrals
- Free CPD and networking events
- Full autonomy in your practice
A professional and Empathic environment to grow your own independent practice.
There are 23 therapy rooms at The Eaves across our four practices, which are used exclusively by our practitioners. Each practice offers a comfortable, private, safe space for you and your clients:
- Comfortable waiting rooms with magazines and gentle music
- Kitchens stocked with a range of teas and coffees
- Chilled water and glasses
- WIFI and printing/copying facilities free of charge
- A dedicated Client Services team available to support you in your practice
We are located in the Surrey towns of Guildford, Godalming and Farnham. With plentiful parking, mainline train stations nearby and frequent bus services, The Eaves is central for local towns such as Woking, Puttenham, Merrow, Aldershot, Haslemere, Alton, Farnborough and Cranleigh.
Renting a room at The Eaves
We offer weekly four-hour slots of time on a month by month basis:
- Morning: 9am – 1pm
- Afternoon: 1pm – 5pm
- Evening: 5pm – 9pm
A discount is applied on multiple slots, so depending on how many you book this can mean you rent your room for as little as £9.20 an hour.
Once you have your permanent slot you can then book ad hoc one-hour bookings as and when you need to, across all four of our practices. We have an easy to use online booking system so you can check availability and book whenever is convenient for you.
Promoting yourself and your practice is important to ensure you can reach out to those clients who need your help. Marketing can be a whole new world to some of us as therapists which is why we offer you the following support:
- Free profile page on our website and we can link to your own site
- You can display your business cards in reception
- Active marketing on your behalf as part of The Eaves
- Free marketing training and one-to-one advice is available
- Well–established free referral system to place clients with a suitable therapist
- Client calls answered 8am to 8pm Monday to Saturday to ensure no calls are missed.
Hidden extras can easily trip up practitioners setting up in private practice, so we don’t charge you for your profile page, for referrals we give you or for the large amount of advertising we do in order to bring clients to The Eaves.
As an Eaves practitioner you will be joining an established and supportive team of individuals who are dedicated to providing the best care for their clients. We highly encourage networking and provide opportunities such as:
- Regular free CPD workshops and presentations on a wide variety of subjects
- A chance to present one of these workshops to your colleagues and share your specialist knowledge with them
- Networking events held twice a year as a thank you to our practitioners
- Rooms available for peer supervision groups
- Noticeboards to share upcoming events and opportunities with your colleagues
Find a Supervisor
At The Eaves we offer you the opportunity to advertise yourself as a Supervisor on our website or find a Supervisor by searching for one of our many qualified practitioners.
How do I join?
If you would like to find out more about renting one of our therapy rooms please contact The Eaves on 01483 917000 or complete the enquiry form below. We will arrange to meet with you to answer any questions and will give you more information to take away with you.
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.
We look forward to welcoming you to our team!