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About us

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

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
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

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.


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.


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

We use various rooms around Guildford, some are accessible.

Emmaus Counselling

Emmaus Counselling