The service was set up in 1985, at the request of the bishops of five NW dioceses, in order to provide a professional counselling service that would be both free and independent of diocesan structures.

The counsellors

We now have at least one counsellor in each of the five dioceses represented. All the counsellors are professionally qualified and supervised and the service is completely confidential, except in exceptional circumstances, where there is risk of serious harm to you or others.

Who is the service for?

You can come on your own or with a partner. We also see members of your family – as long as they are sixteen or over. The counsellors usually work from their own homes, so the setting is friendly and informal. If we cannot provide the help you need we will work with you to find someone who can.

We work with issues such as

We are not just a crisis service. You may simply want somewhere to come and talk things over. We are here to help.

  • Clergy stress
  • Stress within families
  • Relationship issues
  • Personal development
  • Loss and bereavement
  • Life changes
  • Faith issues
  • Addiction
  • Sexual orientation
  • Relationships with colleagues
  • Pastoral breakdown
  • Childhood abuse
  • Reaction to trauma