About us

Hope Counselling Service is an  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 a number of our counsellors worked with that agency and are continuing to offer their experience and expertise to the community through Hope Counselling Service.   The name 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: