Central Counselling and Training was started back in September 1995 by Norma Parrack and based out of New Community Church at Central Hall in Southampton UK.
The vision was for a service that offered professional counselling; taking referrals from churches, secular organisations and members of the public, and using a model of counselling that was flexible so that people of all faiths or none could be helped. There was also a desire to provide training and counselling courses, that were recognised both professionally and academically, which would equip people in pastoral or secular roles, as well as those wanting a career in counselling.
Since 1995, over 1,600 people have sought counselling and over 1,400 students have undertaken training. We have run courses in Edinburgh, Jersey, Oxford, Trowbridge, Exeter and even Nepal, with a number of past students going on to establish their own counselling services.
Norma passed the baton to Pete White in 2018, and he is keen to see the service continue to offer excellent counselling and training, while at the same time growing; working in partnership with others and offering counselling to more people from different demographics.