We currently have a team of 13 counsellors – mostly made up of volunteers – who come from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. They are all professionally trained and registered with a professional body, such as the BACP, ACC or BABCP. Counsellors are accountable through regular supervision, complete at least 25 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) per year and have all completed enhanced DBS checks.
If you are interested in joining the team or having your counselling placement with us, then please get in contact with us via the contact page.
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.
Become a friend of CCTS
Can you help us change lives for the better by making a donation to our Bursary Fund?
Each year we help hundreds of people make positive steps forward in their lives, however many people who need our help are not always able to access it for financial reasons and so we offer bursaries where we can.
We would love to be able to offer more bursaries so that people on low income can benefit from counselling, so would you consider making a donation, one-off or regularly, to enable more people to access our service?
No amount is too big or too small, and as a way of saying thank you, we will keep you up to date with what’s happening here at CCTS and let you know how your donation is making a difference.