Chelmsford Counselling Foundation

About CCF

Our counselling service has been accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

“Service Accreditation provides robust evidence of service quality and professionalism. Essentially, it demonstrates that the service is committing to competence. All BACP Accredited Services have demonstrated a high quality of service delivery, meeting benchmark standards that are maintained by annual assessment. In addition, Accredited Services are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.” BACP (www.bacp.co.uk)

Chelmsford Counselling Foundation (CCF) was established in 1974 under the former name of Writtle Pastoral Foundation.  Now a charitable company based in central Chelmsford, CCF has a strong reputation for high standards of training and practice.

CCF aims to offer individual, couple and group counselling at an affordable price to people living in Chelmsford and surrounding districts.  The Foundation is committed to the professional practice of counselling, seeking to promote personal growth towards psychological and emotional health.

CCF also operates an established and highly regarded training programme, with a development route from introductory and skills courses through to BACP-accredited Diploma level training in psychodynamic counselling for those wishing to pursue a career as a professional counsellor.

CCF provided counsellors in surgeries in Mid Essex Primary Care Trust for 10 years, working with GPs to improve access to counselling within the NHS framework.

Accessibility

Aim

Our aim is to enable local people to easily access counselling. In order to do this we will apply the following principles in order to build on existing good practice:

Make information about our services easy to find

1. Ensure physical access for people with disabilities
2. Ensure safety and security for staff, volunteers and service users
3. Offer counselling that is both professional and affordable
4. Offer counselling at a range of times in response to user needs and preferences

Strategy

1. a) Continuously update and improve information on our website
b) Distribute leaflets and information about our services among local hospitals, GP surgeries, in libraries and public places, through door-to-door delivery

c) Provide talks on services provided at local churches and community groups

d) Maintain and improve links with other local providers of health and community services

e) Ensure that CCF has a presence at local events such as Mental Health Day

f) Promote our services wherever possible through stands at libraries, provision of press release to local newspapers etc

g) Continue to explore new ideas and avenues for promoting our services

2. Ensure disabled access is maintained and improved where possible

Offer rental of disabled accommodation to other local counsellors

3. Improve security of building – doors to be locked when office staff are nor present

4. Continue to explore ways of bringing funding into the service so that low cost counselling can be offered to those whose means are limited.

5. Offer counselling during daytimes, evenings and weekends.

Encourage counsellors and trainees to offer availability on a range of days and at a range of times.