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Our Counselling course programmes are delivered by highly qualified tutors with a range of professional experience and their expertise is valued by our students.

There are excellent resources including well-equipped laboratories and classrooms with interactive technology.

The vocationally specific content of our Higher Education Counselling course programme is designed to provide you with the relevant employability skills for a rewarding career in the industry. The DipHE in Person-centred Counselling is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

In order to have completed a BACP accredited course, students who are graduating from the BA Hons in Counselling Studies will have needed to complete the Diploma first. Our Higher Education Centre provides a great range of facilities including well-equipped teaching spaces and private study areas.

We have particularly strong links with local service providers as well as other professional service organisations within the sector, as a result your learning experience is further enhanced by guest speakers and study visits with such organisations.

Achieving BACP accrediation as part of the Counselling degree showed my employer that I had completed professionally recognised training that would equip me to take on the role of my new job.Frances Davies - BA (Hons) Counselling Studies alumni

Colchester Institute Counselling Service


What is Counselling?

What is Counselling?

Person-Centred Counselling offers a confidential, safe and non-judgemental environment where you can gain and develop insight into yourself, current situations and life experiences. Through talking and sharing you will be able to explore thoughts and maybe difficult feelings and develop a clearer understanding of yourself so that you can cope more effectively in life and allows potential for growth and change. The counsellor will be supportive in this but will not give advice or their own opinion.

Counselling Service

Colchester Institute Counselling Service

Colchester Institute Counselling Service is an organisational member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and works within the BACP Ethical Framework which provides a foundation for good practice.

The service has been running since 1990 and we have links with Community Mental Health Teams, GP Practices and many Voluntary Organisations.

The service runs throughout the academic year but breaks will be negotiated over Christmas, Easter and Summer.

The Counsellors

  • All counsellors are individual members of the BACP and work within the BACP Ethical Framework.
  • They are all professional trainee counsellors working towards the completion of their counselling training.
  • All counsellors are required to monitor counselling through on-going supervision.
  • All trainee counsellors are required by the training programme to tape record the counselling sessions for supervision and course work purposes only.

Please note that as the counsellors are students in training, it is not appropriate to request reports and/or the release of confidential counselling notes for legal purposes. It is advised that counselling is sought with a qualified BACP counsellor if reports or case notes are required in support of a legal claim.

If you wish to see a newly qualified counsellor there is an arranged fee of £25.

Appointments & Fees

All sessions are 50 minutes

Appointments Available: Monday – Friday, day times and evening.

You will have an initial assessment session with the counsellor to decide whether counselling is for you and whether the counsellor feels they are able to help you. After an initial session you will have a 6 week contract with your counsellor, which can be extended for a following 11 sessions if appropriate to do so. If your counsellor finishes their training during this time then the session will end and an arrangement will be made known to you if further counselling is required.

There is a fee of £5 per counselling session*

We appreciate coming to counselling can be daunting but we aim to provide you with the best possible service. If you have decided that counselling is for you then you can contact our services on the number provided or you can fill out a referral form on the link below. Do not hesitate to call us for more information.

*Under certain circumstances some clients may be eligible for a discretionary fee reduction.

Counselling Self-referral Form
If you would like to make an appointment to receive counselling from us, please fill in your details below and we will arrange an appointment for you as soon as possible.
Counselling Evaluation Form