Counselling is about helping you to develop insights into your own problems and then finding your own resources and strengths to move forward.
Your counsellor will listen to you. Then, together, you will come to understand your problems and their past, untangle the confusions methodically, and find ways of making a better future.
You will not be given advice and you will not be judged. The service is confidential.
Since 1980 counsellors from Emmaus Counselling Service have been helping people in Guildford and the surrounding area. We help adults of all ages, men and women, regardless of their age, their background, their religion, their race or their sexuality.
Training, qualifications & experience
Our counsellors are professionally qualified up to Diploma or Degree Level and are either BACP accredited or are working towards accreditation. We also offer placements to those in the final stages of their Diploma or Degree training. They receive professional supervision and are accountable to the organisation for the quality of their work.
Some of our counsellors have volunteered with us for more than ten years.
During Covid-19 our counsellors are using the internet and telephone to meet clients.
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.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
Areas of counselling we deal with
Concessions offered for
Emmaus is a non-profit organisation and a registered charity. Although the counsellors are unpaid, we have substantial overheads such as premises and administrative support costs, and hidden costs like insurance. Our Treasurer estimates that each session costs Emmaus £35-£40.
We know that some of our clients, for different reasons, cannot afford to pay this, so an affordable amount is agreed, between £10-£40 per session. The amount may be revised if circumstances change.
When we work
Emmaus welcomes new clients. During Covid-19 we are using the internet and the telephone.
If you are suffering as a result of issues related to Covid 19 do email us.