Chichester Counselling Services
Chichester Counselling supports individuals aged 18+ from all walks of life. Established more than 40 years ago as a community counselling service, we are now glad to be able to offer our service online or by telephone, wherever you are. (We're sorry we can't currently offer face-to-face counselling, but please check our website for updates.) We offer confidential, 1:1 weekly counselling that can help make sense of any recurring patterns and create the changes you want in your life.
Why have counselling?
Counselling can help with a wide range of issues, including anxiety, low self-confidence, stress, loss, depression, domestic violence, emotional and/or sexual abuse, bullying and relationship problems. Talking about your difficulties with someone who is professionally trained can help you to live a more meaningful life and achieve your personal goals.
Feedback from our clients:
‘I am now able to carry out my day to day life again with confidence, which I was not able to do before.’
‘The counselling exceeded my expectations. I now have a job and am much happier.’
‘I have a much better understanding of why my problems affected me in the way they did. I have been off anti-depressants since March, which is a result in itself.’
'Counselling really helped me through a difficult time in my life.'
What happens when you contact us?
First we ask you for some basic information and arrange an initial appointment with you, to discuss your counselling needs. This is an important discussion, which helps us identify what kind of help will work best for you.
If you then decide you would like counselling with us, we place your name on our waiting list, along with your availability details. As soon as an appropriate counsellor becomes available, we contact you and make an appointment for you to start your weekly counselling sessions.
Training, qualifications & experience
Chichester Counselling offers an experienced, well-managed service of real depth. All our counsellors receive regular supervision (weekly or fortnightly) which exceeds the BACP's minimum requirements; and all have DBS clearance and are either fully qualified, or in the latter stages of our own in-house BACP-accredited Diploma training programme.
Member organisations *
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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Areas of counselling we deal with
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We are a general counselling service, skilled to help with a wide variety of concerns. We can offer counselling from a few weeks up to three years maximum, as appropriate.
Concessions offered for
Chichester Counselling's charitable aim is to provide affordable counselling that does not exclude anyone from accessing counselling on financial grounds alone.
We are an independent registered charity and not-for-profit organisation: we receive no financial support from HM Government, nor from the National Health Service, so we do need to charge fees in order to keep the Service running.
Currently, however, we are able to subsidise our normal counselling costs for anyone who has been affected by COVID-19 - for example financially, through job loss, bereavement, or because they work in a front line role (eg health or care roles); or because they are on benefits. Whereas it normally costs us around £40 to provide each weekly 1:1 counselling session and about £45 to provide an initial assessment appointment, we can offer counselling at half these rates, if you have been affected in any of these ways.
Even if this does not apply to you, please don't be put off coming for counselling by fears about the cost - we'll be happy to discuss your personal circumstances and what would feel affordable for you.
We offer counselling sessions 09:00-19:00, Monday-Friday.
Our address is the First Floor, 106-108 The Hornet, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 7JR
Please note that we cannot currently offer face to face counselling: we will update our website message when we can do so again.
By car - the nearest car park is Cattle Market, Market Road, 0.3 miles/6 minutes’ walk away.
By bus and train - there is a bus stop outside serving routes 51, 56 and 700 west bound and 51, 700 and 905 east bound. The main Chichester bus and train stations are 0.7miles/15 minutes’ walk away.