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.


About us

Hope Counselling Service is a new organisation that has grown out of the Philippi Trust Counselling & Training service, which had a centre based in Reading for nearly 20 years. That has now closed, however several of our counsellors worked with that agency and are continuing to offer their experience and expertise to the community through Hope Counselling Service.  The new name reflects our aim to bring hope and healing to those we serve.


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.

Our counsellors offer considerable experience and expertise. All receive regular ongoing training and supervision.

Our organisation abides by the professional Ethical Framework and Codes of Practice and Conduct of the  Association of Christian Counsellors, of 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 students embarking on level 4 of their training and beyond.  For further information contact the Manager email: office@hopecounselling.org or call 0118 328 3258 (email preferred).

Application Process

To apply for counselling:

 Please complete the application form

Hope Application for counselling 2020

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 21501580.  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.

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.

HCS Gift Aid Form

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