Chelmsford Counselling Foundation


British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) –
WPF Therapy  –
UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) –
The Counselling Directory –

Services who offer help, information and advice to individuals

Mental Health & Psychological Distress

Samaritans       08457 909090

MIND                    0300 123 3393

Rethink                    0300 5000 927

Saneline                  0845 767 8000

All Health Issues

NHS Direct         111

Sexual Violence or Abuse

CARA             01206 769795

Drugs and Alcohol

Mid Essex Drugs & Alcohol Team (Changes) 01245 318580

Local Resources

If an emergency is life threatening, call 999 or go to your nearest Accident and Emergency Department.

Mental health services in Essex are provided by the NHS in partnership with Essex County Council, with support from voluntary and independent organisations.

If you feel that you are suffering from a mental illness and need further support, make an appointment with your GP.

If you are already receiving social care mental health services through a community mental health team and you need some extra support, please contact:

If you are not currently receiving mental health services but you urgently need extra support with a mental health issue, the Essex County Council Emergency duty team can be contacted on 0845 6061212.

More support

NERIL (North Essex Resource and Information Line for mental health) is a voluntary telephone helpline staffed by trained workers who give information, support and advice about mental health. The line is open every day between 4pm and 8am. Anyone can use this service.

Contact NERIL on 0845 0900 909.


If you are an adult worried about a child

Essex County Council has a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. If you are concerned that a child may be being harmed please inform them. If you have immediate concerns about a child’s wellbeing, please don’t keep them to yourself.

When they hear that a child may be being abused or neglected, Essex County Council has a duty to investigate. Other professionals and people involved with the child will be contacted and if there are serious continuing concerns, they may become the subject of a child protection plan.

This plan is made with parents/carers and with colleagues from other agencies to offer support and protection to the child. The Council’s priority is to keep children with their families, except where it would be unsafe to do so.

Emergency contact details

Where a situation is urgent and cannot wait until the next working day:

Monday to Thursday 5.30pm – 9am

Friday and bank holidays 4.30pm – 9am

Telephone: 0845 606 1212



Where there are immediate concerns about the safety or welfare of a child or young person:

Telephone: 0845 603 7634


For all other enquiries:

Telephone: 0845 603 7627


You can ask for help, advice or information for yourself, someone in your family, a friend or a neighbour.

This information has been found researching the individual Resource websites.



The National Counselling Network (NCN) is an association of BACP or BPC Accredited counselling centres which hold a common aim to offer high quality and professional counselling to their local communities.  In addition to being psychodynamically oriented, members differentiate themselves from other counselling organisations by:

delivering professional, affordable/low cost counselling

being independent third sector providers

providing an alternative to the NHS and

ensuring that new clients are seen in a relatively short timeframe.

NCN members meet, communicate, network and share best practice, particularly in respect of psychodynamically led counselling.

Member centres are based in :

Alton, Hampshire –

Basingstoke, Hampshire –

 Chelmsford, Essex –

Croydon, Surrey –

Frome & Bath, Somerset  –

High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire –

London –

Lymington, Hampshire –

Stroud, Gloucester  –

Taunton, Bridgwater & Ilminster, Somerset –

Tunbridge Wells, Kent –

Wiltshire, Swindon –

Worthing, Sussex –