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About us

We have 30 counsellors offering a wide range of skills and experience.  We deal with all areas of counselling and after your Intake session we aim to offer you appointments with a counsellor who best meets your needs.  You can expect to be treated with respect and without judgement and to be seen as soon as possible after your Intake appointment.

The Centre was founded in 1974 and has evolved into a professional counselling agency with a reputation for providing a high standard of care to its clients and providing good support and on-going training for its counsellors. We are a not-for-profit organisation and we aim to offer affordable counselling open to everyone.

We are an open organisation with no religious affiliations.

Training, qualifications & experience

The Centre is an organisational member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and as such is bound by the BACP’s Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions and also its complaints procedure.

Our counsellors have a wide range of skills and experience and work in different ways according to their training. we offer face-to-face individual counselling generally. Online and telephone therapy are available.

During the Covid 19 pandemic lockdown we are offering online and telephone counselling.

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.


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.

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

Therapies offered

  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Existential therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalytic therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Psychosexual therapy
  • Psychosynthesis
  • Transactional analysis
  • Transpersonal psychology


Concessions offered for

  • Low income

Additional information

INTAKE (your introductory appointment): £18

EACH COUNSELLING SESSION as a guide we suggest:

£18 per session if you are on a low income
£20 per session if family income is£15,000
£25 per session if family income is £20,000
£30 per session if family income is £25,000
£35 per session if family income is £30,000
£40 per session if family income is £35,000

EVENINGS : from £25-40

Our professional counsellors, many of whom also work in the private sector, give their time without charge for certain days each week. There are substantial costs in running the Centre, and in order to provide our services we do need a contribution towards your counselling. There is currently a bursary for clients who cannot afford the minimum suggested donation of £18.


Available for clients needing short, medium or long-term counselling. Options include phone, online and face- to face. Phone and online only during Covid 19 pandemic.

Further information

During the Covid 19 pandemic lockdown please call 07737 761256 or text that number or email admin@stbcc.org.uk and we will set up online or phone counselling for you.

Please look at our website for more information and details of how to find us  www.stbcc.org.

You are welcome to call our reception line on (01603) 625222 for further information.  Our volunteer receptionists are available 9-5 Monday-Friday.


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.