- How to access the service
- direct access via the drop-in centres
- BDP services
- 0117 987 6010
BDP recognises that everyone is an individual and that not everyone will need or want the same degree of support or intervention. This is reflected in the counselling service we provide. The service operates at three different levels (I, II and III).
Each level of the service aims to reflect and respond to an individual's need and BDP workers draw upon a wide range of skills, which are proven to be effective in helping people with drug-related problems.
Whichever level of the counselling service is accessed, trust, openness and a supportive working relationship with the worker is essential.
Sometimes problems can feel worse before they get better, but if advice is
needed, and the person feels ready to confront difficult issues, or be ready to
make changes in their life, then our counselling service could well be for
We can offer the opportunity to see a female, male or black worker.
KICK — Krisis intervention and counselling kickstart
Level I is a service where an appointment is not needed and offers help in a crisis (crisis intervention), advice and information. Sessions are available every Monday to Saturday between 9.30am – 12.30pm and Monday to Friday 2pm – 5pm during BDP¹s drop-in. They last 20 minutes.
No appointment is necessary and there are no limits on the amount of visits a person can make.
Anybody can ask to book a first appointment either via drop-in or via the helpline. Appointments are provided weekly and are subject to availability on a first come, first served basis (Monday – Friday).
This level offers help in a crisis, information and help finding solutions. Referrals will be made to other agencies if needed. A maximum of three appointments (50 minutes each) will be offered with the same worker. Help will be available to assess needs.
This service provides the space to resolve issues that can't be dealt with at level I. Not everyone needs the three appointments offered and some people find three isn't enough. A referral to level III of our counselling service can be discussed with a worker.
Individuals DO need to be referred to this part of the service. Referrals are made via level II or from other parts of BDP's services.
A BDP worker will complete the referral form with the individual and a short questionnaire will need to be completed. This provides the counsellor with important information and identifies what the person wants to achieve.
Six sessions are offered. At the first session goals are agreed and addressed, and a contract can be signed. The sessions will be held weekly or fortnightly. After the six sessions are completed there will be a review. The key worker can then discuss with the client whether further sessions are needed.
This level requires commitment. It is a safe space, which allows for the identification of issues and goals, and for making positive life changes.