The Counselling Foundation

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1 College Yard Lower Dagnall Street,
St. Albans,Hertfordshire

01727 868585

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The Counselling Foundation is a leading charity that has provided low-cost counselling and professional counsellor training in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire since 1974.

We believe everyone should have someone to talk to and offer subsidised counselling on a sliding scale of fees where we ask clients to make a reasonable contribution towards the cost of their weekly session based on income, subject to a minimum fee. 

During the uncertain times we find ourselves in due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic with lock down and social distancing measures in place more people than ever before will need mental health support.

To ensure we continue to listen even more clients we have transitioned from face to face counselling to an online counselling service.

Our charitable mission enables adults on low-incomes to have affordable, long-term counselling which is not widely available elsewhere. Many clients are unable to pay the full cost of long term counselling and so this service is loss-making. 

The Counselling Foundation receive no government funding and to ensure we continue to maintain the subsidised element of our counselling service for those that need it, public donations are crucial. The charity requires £250,000 from fundraising and its’ other ventures to support this work. Every pound that is donated will go directly to top up weekly charitable counselling sessions.

We rely on the amazing efforts of our supporters and fundraising ambassadors to bridge the gap and allow us to provide more subsidised counselling sessions to those most in need.  

Comments from clients include:

“Very helpful, and life changing – thank you.”
“Helped me immensely, feel a lot of improvement.”
“Made a huge difference to me and my family life.”

Our part-time counsellor training promotes personal development while supporting communities through the provision of further qualified counsellors providing a talking therapy.  

We strive to support as many as possible and counselling contracts help us achieve this. We are the largest provider of counselling to patients of the NHS across Hertfordshire, which is free at the point of access.   

We are passionate about promoting positive mental health and campaign to remove the stigma to ensure our mental health is seen as important as our physical health.

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