The Counselling Foundation

The Counselling Foundation

1 College Yard
Lower Dagnall Street
St Albans

166A High Street

01727 868585

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About us

The Counselling Foundation is a leading charity providing counselling and counsellor training for the better mental health of our communities of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire.

Our charitable mission enables people on low incomes to have access to affordable, long term counselling which isn’t available elsewhere in the two counties. Our counsellor training service promotes personal development and growth whilst supporting communities through the provision of further qualified counsellors providing a talking therapy.

We provide counselling for individuals and couples on a short or long term basis.  This means you may either engage in counselling for as long as you require or choose to be allocated a set amount of solution focused sessions with specific goals in mind.

Our long term, open-ended service is BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) accredited.

When you make contact with one of our 5 centres, you can discuss the counselling you prefer or if you are unsure you can ask when you come in for your assessment.  We seek to ensure that everyone sees one of our counsellors within two weeks of enquiry.

Bates House
12 Foster Hill Road MK40 2EN
01234 346077

Broxbourne & Ware
Bishops College
Cheshunt EN8 9XA
01992 637285

Hilde Eccles House
70-72 Princess Street
Luton LU1 5AT
01582 732450

St Albans
1 College Yard
Lower Dagnall Street
St Albans AL3 4PA
01727 856693

166A High Street
Stevenage SG1 3LL
01438 357775

Training, qualifications & experience

We have counsellors who are qualified to a minimum diploma level or who are in training at Diploma level. We are a BACP Accredited Centre.

Amongst our fully qualified counsellors, The Counselling Foundation provides placements to our trainees who are completing their training under close supervision. Our long term, open ended service is BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) accredited. We also offer counselling for businesses & we are a leading local provider for the NHS.

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Other areas of counselling we deal with

The Foundation also delivers a range of professional couselling training courses which include; Introduction to Counselling, Foundation Certficate, Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Counselling.


Saturday 19 August - Luton | Bedford

Register your space via our website to find out more about our part time training to become a counsellor and discover a rewarding career helping people.

The Foundation Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling is a 1-year part time course.

It aims to provide those who wish to develop counselling skills in work-based and other settings with the skills and knowledge, which will enhance and support their work. It also provides the grounding for further training to become a professional counsellor.

The course leads to The Counselling Foundation Certificate in Psychodynamic skills and theory Counselling Award, which subject to acceptance provides access to The Counselling Foundation Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling.

It is also widely recognised as an access course to many other institutions’ professional training.

We run courses in St Albans, Luton, Bedford and Welwyn Garden City and start in September each year.

Application deadline: 31 August 2017.

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  • Counselling Training at the Foundation
  • Individual Counselling at The Counselling Foundation
  • CPD: A Fresh Look at Mental Disorders & Psychopathology


The Foundation is a ‘not for profit’ organisation, a charity whose aim is to make counselling accessible to all in our community. Open Ended therapy is the service which is eligible for the Foundation’s charitable support – we ask you to pay what you can reasonably afford towards our costs and this aspect is discussed with you at the first meeting. We ask for an initial payment for an assessment carried out by an experienced counsellor who will discuss suitability for counselling.

Our other services are not subsidised and have a set fee. The Counselling Foundation’s fees are reviewed annually.

You may be able to access counselling at no cost to you via your GP and the NHS. Your GP will be able to advise you on what is available to you. Please visit our NHS Short Term Counselling page.

Please contact us to discuss any questions you may have.

Further information

The Foundation also delivers a range of professional couselling training courses which include; Introduction to Counselling, Foundation Certficate, Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Counselling.

Our next CPDs coming up:-

Maps & Directions

St Albans, AL3 4PA
Stevenage, SG1 3LL

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Morning, afternoon and evening appointments available All counselling is by appointment only.

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme