Frequently asked questions about our service
How long will I wait for counselling?
There is often a waiting time from your referral until you can begin counselling or therapy. Waiting time varies depending on the type of therapy suited to you.
When you make a referral to us, we will provide an assessment to discuss your needs. We will talk to you about the likely waiting time for any service you are offered.
We try to keep in touch with you during the waiting time. But you can also call our helpline if you want to talk to us.
Where am I on the waiting list for Therapy?
If you would like a waiting list update, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Can I come back if I have used Yellow Door before?
You are welcome to come back to us if you have used the service before and think we can be of further help. Sometimes we recommend that people take a break after an intervention to allow time for the work they have already done to be processed and take effect, but we would consider each situation on an individual basis.
Please let us know when you get in touch that you have been to us before and tell us about the service you received as that will help us to make a decision if we can offer anything further.
We also have a range of different services and sometimes our service-users want support from a different service or team as their needs change, for example after Pattern Changing you might feel you need Adult Therapy.
You are welcome to refer yourself to other services, but please tell us about your previous experience of Yellow Door support at the point of referral.
Can I speak to a male / female counsellor / support worker?
Where possible we will try to provide a male or female worker if that will help you to access the service you need. Please tell us about this when you get in touch.
Is there a waiting list or waiting time for Pattern Changing?
Our Pattern Changing programme for survivors of domestic abuse is very popular.
We have increased the number of programmes running at one time, therefore you won’t usually have a long wait to get on to our programme. However, you can only join a programme at the beginning of the 12 week course.
You may have to wait a maximum of 12 weeks to the start of the next programme. We can let you know about the next available programme when you refer to us.
Can I get help in a language other than English?
We have workers who speak a number of different languages and where necessary we will do our best to get an interpreter if this is needed to support you getting the help you need.
Please let us know about this when you get in touch.
Can I get Counselling or join a group programme if I have commitments like work, college or childcare / caring during the day?
We try to consider your needs to ensure you can access our support.
We offer some services outside of school / college / work hours and we also offer counselling using online or video-calls if you cannot conveniently get to our premises.
Please tell us about your needs when you make a referral and we will try our best to help.
Do you work with alleged or past perpetrators of domestic or sexual abuse?
Yellow Door does not exclude people from receiving a service on the grounds that they have perpetrated sexual, domestic or violent offences. We wish to support individuals in the process of positive change and will assess each person on an individual basis regarding the safety and suitability of their accessing our services. This assessment alongside other information, for example from partner agencies, will help inform our decision about whether or how we work with you but if we feel we are not the most appropriate service for you at this time, we will do our best to signpost you to more suitable help.
If you seek help regarding your own patterns of behaviour or if you might want to engage in preventative domestic abuse programmes that aim to encourage healthy, non-abusive relationships you should contact Hampton Trust – a local charity that provide a range of services for adults, children and young people, aimed at rebuilding lives and supporting positive change.