“I have been with The Eaves since 2017 and from an initial shaky start, wondering if/how my practice would progress, I have seen it grow and grow. Everyone at The Eaves has been instrumental in supporting me along the way, with tips on marketing, room bookings, referrals, and always on hand with one to one advice. I enjoy my job and the atmosphere I work under as much today as when I started. I would thoroughly recommend The Eaves to anyone starting out or looking for a safe, comfortable place to practice from.“
S.H – Counsellor at The Eaves, Guildford
“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
“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
Benefits of The Eaves
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 17 years ago. That’s why our rates are affordable and, just to help that bit more, we give you your second month’s rent free. Marketing yourself is tough, so to help we offer free marketing training and one-to-one advice if you want it. 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.
The Eaves has four 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, Aldershot, Haslemere, Alton, Farnborough and Cranleigh.
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. We offer increasing discount with the number of slots booked. Depending how many slots you book, this can mean you rent your room for as little as £9.20 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 online booking system. This means you can see clients at any of our Eaves locations, you can just book it in yourself. There are three different block times available, Monday to Saturday:
- Morning: 9am – 1pm
- Afternoon: 1pm – 5pm
- Evening: 5pm – 9pm
Support For Practitioners
There is a well established free referral system that places clients approaching The Eaves in contact with a suitably trained therapist or psychologist. Our website positively encourages clients to get in touch with you directly. We always emphasise that referrals are likely but not guaranteed given the nature of our profession! Phone calls are answered by our team 8am – 8pm Monday – Saturday, so that no potential client’s calls are missed.
We also invite appropriately qualified colleagues at The Eaves to take some IAPT patient referrals, if they wish to do so.
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, appear on our website 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.
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. If you are looking for a Supervisor, please use the search function at the top of the page.
Free CPD and Networking events
As an Eaves practitioner you will be invited to regular free workshops and presentations on a wide variety of subjects to support you with your continuing professional development. These events are presented by Eaves practitioners, so you can also have the chance to share your specialist knowledge with your colleagues. We hold a large networking event twice a year as a thank you to our practitioners, to which you can invite a guest and network with your Eaves colleagues.
Facilities At The Eaves
Clean, warm, attractive rooms
All 23 of our therapy rooms at the Eaves are clean, warm, well decorated, relaxing and used only for psychological services. Privacy and comfort are paramount for our clients. There are comfortable waiting areas with magazines and gentle music. In each practice, we have 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. A few of the Guildford and Farnham therapy rooms are easily adapted for small groups of up to 10 people. As an Eaves affiliate, you can also book ad hoc hours online, anytime at one (or all) of our thriving practices to help grow your business.
The Eaves has free wi-fi for all therapists, clients and counsellors working there. In addition, each reception PC has a guest log on for the internet and access to a high-quality colour printer/copier/scanner. There are also flip charts, white boards and a PC projector available on request.
Becoming A Practitioner
If you would like to find out more 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.