About us

Chelmsford Counselling Foundation offers a confidential counselling service to individuals and couples aged 18 and over, face to face, telephone or via video link.

People seek counselling for many different reasons. They may be experiencing feelings of depression, isolation, anxiety or low self-esteem that keep them stuck in an uncomfortable place. They may be facing a life-changing event, struggling with relationships, grief or anger, or feel unable to cope with the pressures and challenges of life. Some may be confused as to why they react as they do to people or events, while for others it may be memories from the past, painful occurrences in the present or worries about the future that prevent them from enjoying life as they would wish.

Counselling offers a confidential, supportive service and the opportunity for change. It provides a safe space to explore thoughts and feelings with someone who is trained to listen in a non-directive way and to facilitate an individual’s own resources for change and the resolution of difficulties.

Training, qualifications & experience

Our counselling service is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

“Service Accreditation provides robust evidence of service quality and professionalism. Essentially, it demonstrates that the service is committing to competence. All BACP Accredited Services have demonstrated a high quality of service delivery, meeting benchmark standards that are maintained by annual assessment. In addition, Accredited Services are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.” BACP (www.bacp.co.uk)

Chelmsford Counselling Foundation (CCF) was established in 1975 under the former name of Writtle Pastoral Foundation. Now a charitable company based in central Chelmsford, CCF has a strong reputation for high standards of training and practice.

Member organisations *

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


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.


Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Unemployed

Additional information

There is a £15 non-refundable booking fee for the initial assessment
Initial assessment is £50 - Negotiable
On-going counselling £45- Negotiable

CCF is a charitable company and in keeping with our mission statement, fees can be negotiated for those unable to afford the full fee.


We offer counselling appointments on weekdays, between 8am and 8:30pm.

42 Cedar Avenue

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a Counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Chelmsford Counselling Foundation

Chelmsford Counselling Foundation