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About us

Abacus Counselling and Support is a registered charity, providing counselling services to individuals, couples and families, in South Essex. The service aims to support clients with a range of presenting issues such as low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, feeling sad, stress, bereavement, relationship issues and separation and divorce. The service aims to offer a professional and high quality therapy which is effective, accountable and accessible to the community.

Training, qualifications & experience

Abacus has been successfully providing support to clients in Southend, since 2007. We are specialists in providing support to children, teenagers and parents, to help them deal with any issues within the family home and improve their relationships. Abacus believes that by helping families to have strong, happy, and positive relationships, it is working to improve the emotional health and well-being of the community as a whole.

Our counsellors are qualified in a range of therapies, such as CBT, Transactional Analysis and Person Centred Counselling. This allows us to tailor our support to meet the needs of the client.

All Counsellors are qualified to Advanced Diploma Level or above and are members of the British Association of Counselling or Psychotherapy (BACP) and are either on or working towards being on the BACP Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.

Member organisations *


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

We have verified that at least one professional at this organisation is registered with the relevant professional body.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

We can offer counselling for families, where multiple members of a family attend counselling sessions simultaneously.


Additional information

Private client sessions are offered on a sliding scale of charges, dependent upon household income. Please contact us to discuss further. Further concessions may be made for clients who work, reside, or are educated in Shoeburyness.

Couples counselling sessions cost £40 per session.


Available for contact Monday and Tuesdays. Client appts are on Monday and Wednesday evenings. Daytime appts can be negotiated, depending upon Counsellor availability.

Further information

All Counsellors have monthly supervision with an experienced Counsellor, to ensure they are working safely and effectively.

All Counsellors have Professional Indemnity Insurance and are DBS checked.

Abacus is also registered with the Information Commissioners Office, Registration Reference ZA180670. This means Abacus adheres to their guidelines, regarding Information Sharing and Data Protection.

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Shoeburyness & Thorpe Bay Baptist Church
90 Thorpedene Gardens

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults


Abacus Counselling And Support

Abacus Counselling And Support