For the Public

Information for the public

This page contains information for the public relating to what counselling and therapy is, services available who provide this support and agencies who provide short courses and workshops for the public.

Thinking about having counselling?

If you are considering having counselling sessions, download our leaflet for more information.

It is important for clients to be aware that there are no minimum qualifications required, for someone to call themselves a Counsellor. We would recommend clients ensure Counsellors are a member of a professional body, have professional indemnity insurance and appropriate counselling supervision arrangements in place.

Clients can search for a Counsellor on the following professional body websites, to see if they are a member.

Professional bodies:

British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

National Counselling Society (NCS)

Association of Christian Counsellors (ACC)

British Psychological Society (BPS)

Local Agencies

Below is a list of local agencies, who have attended network meetings run by CASSS in the last year and clients can contact, to access support. Click on the organisation logo, to be taken to the organisation's website, where available.

Please note: CASSS is not responsible for any aspect of the support provided, by the services listed below.

Southend Carers Health and Wellbeing Support Service 

• Emotional Support Groups
• Crisis Emotional Support
• Carers Coffee Events
• End of Life Service
• Contingency Planning
• Telephone Support
• One to One Counselling

If you would like more information on any of these services

call Sally our Counselling Service Manager on 01702-393933


Southend Carers, SAVS Centre, 29-31 Alexandra Street, Southend on Sea, Essex, SS1 1BW

Registered Charity No: 1093240, Company No: 4306531 a Company Limited by Guarantee.

Victoria Counselling & Training Service (VCTS)

• 32 years’ experience in providing therapy and training
• reasonable fees
• counselling for individuals and couples
• full suite of training for BACP and NCS accreditation

Able to offer support for clients with:

• Anxiety
• Depression
• relationship problems
• work-related stress
• phobias
• able to use EMDR as appropriate

135-137 Victoria Avenue
01702 354118 (24-hour answering service)


Therapy for you (NHS)

Free to access NHS counselling service, across South Essex part of EPUT (Essex Partnership University Trust)
An IAPT compliant service (Improved Access to Psychological Therapies)
Available to anyone registered to a GP surgery within the area.

• Provide support to people with common mental health problems for people aged 18 years and over
• Help to bring about symptom reduction
• Behavioural change
• Generate self awareness

They provide therapy groups for:
• Anger Management
• Mindfulness
• Later life
• Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (1:1)
• Counselling (1:1)
• Couples counselling
• EMDR therapy

They offer a range of psychological interventions depending on clinical presentation, including:-

• “Understanding” groups – Available on App: these are problem specific educational groups
• Depression
• Loss
• Self Esteem
• Post natal depression
• Managing stress in parenthood
• Stress and anxiety
• Panic
• Mindfulness

Appointment times range from:
Monday - Friday 9am-5pm
Saturdays 9am-12pm
Evening appointments available Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
Telephony appointments available
Telephone assessment at point of referral, or face to face assessment if required

Via GP and other professionals
Telephone assessment
Referral letter
Self referral (patients do not need a GP or professional referral to access the service)
Call 01268 739128 book telephone assessment

The Atrium Clinic and Therapy Centre

Counselling and Therapy is provided on a private fee paying basis, to support you with the management of a range of issues including:
• Stress
• Anxiety
• Fears
• Phobias
• Panic attacks
• Low self esteem
• Poor self confidence
• Depression (mild to moderate)
• Obsessive compulsive disorder
• Post traumatic stress disorder
• Anger management
• Post natal depression
• Bereavement and loss
• Couple and relationship problems
• Abuse issues
• Comfort eating and food temptations


642 London Road

Westcliff on Sea



Tel : 01702 332857
Find us on Facebook

Olivetree Centre

Offer one to one counselling, couples counselling, children and family counselling.

Can help with a range of issues including:
• Bereavement
• Trauma
• Loss
• Depression
• Physical, mental, sexual abuse
• Stress & Anxiety
• Marriage
• Drug/Alcohol addiction
• Depression

The Office is open 9.30 1.30pm mon-Friday
Counselling is available from 9am -9pm Monday-Friday (some Saturdays)

All counsellors are professionally trained and use a range of recognised models. Some counsellors are in training.

Expect clients to contribute to the cost of sessions. But if clients feel unable to pay anything, please state, as they will not turn away genuine cases of hardship.

To contact the centre simply call us on 017020524346 mob 0781710629
Or email or visit

Works out of two locations:

Nobles Green Rd, Southend-on-Sea, Leigh-on-Sea SS9 5PY

Clarence Road Baptist Church, 6 Clarence Road, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 1AN

Abacus Counselling and Support

A registered charity offering counselling sessions for individual, couples and families.

Affordable costs – negotiable based on client’s ability to pay.

Able to work with couples, teenagers and adults.

Offer support for issues relating to:

• Low Self esteem
• Anxiety
• Stress
• Friendship/school issues/bullying
• Domestic Abuse
• Bereavement
• Anger Management
• Family breakup/communication problems/relationship issues

All counsellors are DBS checked.

Contact us on 07910 261780

Facebook: abacuscounsellingandsupport


Care of: Hub151,

151 West Road


Relate London North East and Essex

We are a registered independent local charity and have over 65 years’ experience of helping individuals, couples and families to develop positive intimate, personal and work-based relationships. As members of the Relate federation, we are the largest providers of relationship support in the country.

Support provided:
• Individual, couples, young persons and family counselling
• Relationship issues such as birth of a child, issues within families, bereavement, loss of job, change in status plus more
• Sex therapy services
• Family mediation service with Public funding for those on low income
• Young person’s counselling available, for young people aged 14-21 years both in school and at our premises
• Peer Mentoring/Listening workshops in schools
• Marriage preparation courses
• Workshops for the communities of South Essex.

Therapy services are offered face to face, on the phone or through Skype.
There is no upper age limit to clients.

If you work or have worked for certain organisations such as the Grocery trade, Civil Service, Banking Sector or Armed forces, we may be able to point you out to funding for this service.

We are a self-funding charity. So we ask for a financial contribution, from all clients. We use this money, to partially fund counselling for those unable to contribute in full. We significantly fund our young person’s counselling.

Please call 01708 441722 to book a counselling appointment.

Please refer to our comprehensive website for full details at

Two locations in South Essex:
29 Harcourt Ave, Southend-on-Sea SS2 6HT
4 Cherrydown West, Basildon, Essex SS16 5AT

Therapy For Life

At Therapy for life we provide support though:

• Life Coaching
• Hypnotherapy
• Holistic Approaches
• Empathic Healing
• Therapeutic Counselling
• Shamanic Healing

Affordable Counselling with a mature student at £15 per session

For issues such as:
• Depression
• Loss & Grief
• Anxiety
• Phobias
• Addictions and Compulsions
• Identity issues

and more.

Two locations:

General Enquiries:
Prittlewell House, 30 East Street, Southend on Sea, SS2 6LH

Block A, Weston Chambers, Suites 12,14 & 15, Weston Road, Southend on Sea, SS1 1AU

Contact: Samantha MNCS (Accred)
phone: +44 (0)7546 917 252

Open Adult Counselling Service (OACS)

OACS is a voluntary, independent, non-profitmaking and confidential counselling service provided by qualified, supervised counsellors.

OACS operates within the BACP's ethical framework for good practice.

We provide a one to one counselling service for the community with both male and female counsellors.

We offer one to one counselling support to address many different kinds of concerns such as:

• Stress
• eating issues
• drug / alcohol misuse
• anxiety
• loss
• addiction
• trauma
• crisis
• abuse
• irrational fears
• bullying
• bereavement
• body image concerns
• depression
• panic attacks


Benfleet Methodist Church, 65 High Road, Benfleet, Essex, SS7 5LH

Monday - Thursday 6pm to 9pm

Benfleet: Please phone 07963 279272

or email

Netpark Wellbeing (NPWB)

NPWB is a joint Southend City council and Metal Arts Organisation project. It  invites those living with mental health conditions including depression, dementia, stress, anxiety, early psychosis, learning disabilities and those who are socially isolated, to engage in outdoor spaces creatively. Digital and traditional art materials, creative writing, walking, mindfulness and yoga are also used in the mental wellbeing groups. NPWB is based in Chalkwell Park, Metal’s Art school and uses NetPark the world’s first digital art park. NPWB  interacts with Metal Artists in residence.


NPWB work with mental health groups within the community. We offer free sessions to those who are on mental health NHS provisional waiting lists or who have been referred to us by social care, GP, social prescribers, learning disability groups, dementia services, other community mental health teams and social housing projects. You may also self-refer.

At NetPark wellbeing we provide wellbeing support though:

  • Traditional art making with a wellbeing content
  • Digital art making
  • Environmental wellbeing / therapy
  • Specialist dementia groups
  • Journal art wellbeing groups
  • Outreach art wellbeing groups
  • Workshops with visiting Metal artists in residence
  • Art therapy with yoga specialist trauma groups
  • One to one art therapy sessions
  • One of events for community support groups

All sessions are Free and funded by Southend City council and Metal Arts Organisation . There is no cost to participants.

For anyone living with:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Social Isolation
  • Effects of trauma
  • Dementia
  • Stress
  • Early psychosis
  • Learning disabilities


Metal Art School, Chalkwell park, Chalkwell Avenue, Westcliff-on-sea, Essex SS08NB

Contact: Emma Mills phone: +44 (0)7918360374 (Registered Art Psychotherapist)

Netpark Wellbeing Project (@netparkwellbeing) • Instagram photos and videos

Courses available for the public
Below are a list of organisations providing short courses and workshops, for the public

Therapy For Life

Currently run Personal Growth workshops, for the public.

Contact for more details.

General Enquiries:
Prittlewell House, 30 East Street, Southend on Sea, SS2 6LH

Contact: Samantha MNCS (Accred)
phone: +44 (0)7546 917 252