Our service offers

  • A safe, confidential environment in which to talk and be heard
  • Acceptance and respect
  • Time to reflect
  • An opportunity to explore your situation and the changes you would like to make, in a supportive, counselling relationship

We offer help and support to individuals experiencing problems including anxiety, depression, relationship issues, bereavement and a range of other issues.

Our counselling is offered to adults regardless of background, gender, ethnicity or religion.

Hope Counselling Service is not an advisory, crisis or befriending service.  If you are looking for help with any of these needs, please click on this link to view some suggestions of other resources available.

Care for the Environment

We know that having a healthy and thriving environment and being in and around nature has positive effects on our mental and emotional health, as well as our physical health.  We seek to care for the environment by thoughtful purchasing, use of resources, recycling and other measures.



About us

Hope Counselling Service  has been motivated to provide affordable counselling for people in Reading since we gained charitable status and opened in 2019.  Since opening, we have grown in the number of counsellors working with us and the number of client sessions we can offer.  We have been grateful for donations to redecorate and refurbish our premises.  We have continued to provide counselling throughout the challenges of the pandemic.  At present, we offer one-to-one counselling for people aged 18 years and over.  The name Hope Counselling Service reflects our aim to bring hope and healing to those we serve.

Our aim and ethos

We are registered with the Charities Commission (Registration number 1185376) with the stated aim:

“To promote and protect the mental health of people residing in Reading and the surrounding areas through the provision of a counselling service in accordance with the values of the Christian faith”.  

Our Service is offered regardless of gender, ethnic or cultural background, sexual orientation; to people of any faith or none.  Hope Counselling Service upholds that each and every person has unique value. 


Our approach to counselling is broadly person-centred and integrative, which means our counsellors are equipped to use a range of counselling models in order to assist their clients.

All of our counsellors have undertaken professional training and engage in ongoing professional development and have regular supervision.  Each counsellor has reached an approved standard required for seeing people in counselling.

Our organisation abides by the professional Ethical Framework and Codes of Practice and Conduct of the  Association of Christian Counsellors, to which we are affiliated. This ensures that confidentiality is protected unless there are exceptional circumstances. The Service adheres to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Hope GDPR statement Oct 2019 (Please click on link to view)

The first session will be an assessment for you and your counsellor to see whether counselling would be the most appropriate help for you at this time.

Counselling Placements

We are able to offer a small number of counselling placements each year for trainees embarking on level 4 of their training and beyond.  For further information contact the Manager email: office@hopecounselling.org.

Application Process

To apply for counselling:

Please complete the application form:

Hope-Application-for-counselling 2024

and return it to us by email or by post.

We will acknowledge receipt of it within a week and offer you an appointment when one becomes available.  We are open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.


Assessment process and ongoing counselling

An initial assessment appointment with a counsellor is offered to you. They will ask you about your situation, explain the counselling process, and answer any questions you might have.  If both you and the counsellor agree to proceed with counselling, you will be offered a regular weekly 50-minute session with a counsellor.  The number of sessions will be determined by both yourself and the counsellor and will depend on needs.


There is no set charge for counselling.  Hope Counselling Service is a registered charity and our counsellors are not paid.  We welcome voluntary donations from clients to help cover our costs and to help towards the continued provision of our Service.  We estimate that it costs Hope £35 to provide each session. You will be invited to contribute for each session towards these costs, according to your ability to pay.

Support Us

We would be pleased to receive donations towards the work;- to help with ongoing costs and further development.

How to do this

Bank Transfer: Our account details for internet bank transfer are –

Sort code 54-30-33 Account no 37775936.  We would like to be able to thank you for your donations, please contact us to let us know that you have made a donation or e-mail us at office@hopecounselling.org.

Standing Order for regular giving – see our bank details above.

Cheques can be made payable to Hope Counselling Service and sent to our postal address: Hope Counselling Service, 233 Kings Road, Reading, RG1 4LS.

Gift Aid-  If you are eligible for Gift Aid and would like us to make your donation worth 25% more to us at no extra cost to you , please download this form, fill it in and send it to us.  Please just get in touch if you would like to discuss supporting us.



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Co-op Local Community Fund

Hope Counselling Service has been a beneficiary of the Co-op Local Community Fund.   Thank you to the Co-op for this support.

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Covid-19  Grants  Programme  2020/21 and Covid Support Fund 2021-22

We are very pleased to have been funded by grants from Reading Borough Council.


If you would like to support the work in your prayers, please let us know by sending an email to prayers@hopecounselling.org.  We will send you a Prayer Pointers guide.  These guides are sent three times a year – they do not, of course, contain any confidential information.

Find us

The entrance is accessed from the car park of Wycliffe Baptist Church, at the rear of 229 Kings Road. The car park entrance is off Norwood Road RG1 3LD.

Parking and public transport info:

Parking: in the church car park may be available, but the car park can be full; 2 hours free parking on the nearby streets is usually possible.

Cycling: Secure cycle racks are available at the side of the church

Buses: there are regular and frequent bus services to and from the centre of Reading; nos 17, 4, X4, 13, 14 and several others stop directly outside our premises.

Bus Stop: Cemetery Junction