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About us

Basingstoke Counselling Service was founded in 1985 by a small group of local therapists wanting to provide mental health support to the local community. Since then, the Service has flourished to become a busy, vibrant counselling and training centre dedicated to improving the emotional wellbeing of our community.  

We achieve this in two ways. Firstly, by offering affordable, professional counselling to those in need and secondly, by providing a range of training courses for those interested in supporting others with mental health difficulties.

We are a registered charity (number 900559) and therefore re-invest all our profits into improving the services we provide. We receive no Government funding and are therefore sustained by client and training fees and other fundraising activities.

We are an organisational member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and are bound by their Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.

We are governed by a Board of Trustees, who draw upon their wide range of skills to support the Service to ensure we are accountable, professional and successful in our endeavours.

We understand that discrimination and inequality exist in our society. As an organisation, we aim to treat everyone with dignity and respect, and therefore challenge ourselves regularly to ensure we achieve this. We do this by listening and responding to feedback and regularly reviewing our approach to equality, diversity and inclusion.