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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 psychodynamic counselling to individuals and couples. Counselling is available at an affordable price and is open to anyone over the age of 18.  Clients either need to be able to attend sessions at CCF’s Chelmsford premises, or to attend sessions via telephone or Zoom from anywhere in the UK.

CCF is committed to the professional practice of counselling, seeking to promote personal growth towards psychological and emotional health.

We also deliver a long established and highly regarded training programme, with a development route from introductory and diploma-level Counselling Skills courses through to a BACP-accredited Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling for those wishing to pursue a career as a psychodynamic 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 and now delivers services to the NHS – IAPT (Improved Access to Psychological Therapies) in the Mid Essex area.



BA, Dip.Lit, Cert. Acc (OU)

I have worked for CCF for 24 years having previously worked in Fundholding in a Chelmsford GP practice, Accounting in an Essex YMCA and as a Civil Servant for the London Magistrates’ Courts Service. Initially employed as the Head of Administration, I was appointed as Company Secretary in 2002 and Head of Centre in 2012. After 24 years, I still enjoy my work at CCF and value the work carried out here by all the staff to continue to provide a professional, affordable counselling to those in need. I am mum to three children and have recently become a grandmother. I enjoy playing squash, dancing, gym and walking.



Dave Monk DL (born David Michael Travis) has broadcast for the BBC on both radio and television for over 30 years. He was best known for his weekday programmes on BBC Essex questioning local and national politicians as well as senior figures in commerce and industry. His particular interests are Mental Health, Men’s Health and Equality of Opportunity. Before entering the media, Dave was a Solicitor, Law Lecturer and Entrepreneur. He was made a Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Essex in 2008 in recognition of his charitable work and is closely involved with many Essex based Charities either as a Trustee or Patron. Dave has been connected with Chelmsford Counselling Foundation for a number of years and is delighted to be the Patron of the Charity.