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 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 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: or call 0118 328 3258 (email preferred).