Community Counselling HP16 Local, affordable counselling in Prestwood, Bucks

About Community Counselling HP16

    Our aim is to
  • offer local affordable individual counselling
  • offer free counselling for young people under 18 accessing counselling themselves
  • provide free counselling where appropriate
  • avoid long waiting lists by having a local team of counsellors

    Community Counselling HP16
  • is the working name of Counselling HP16 a CIO Registered Charity in England No. 1171823

All our counsellors are fully qualified or in their final year of training and are members of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and work within the BACP professional Code of Ethics. All our counsellors hold an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service criminal record check certificate.

All qualified counsellors are registered members of the BACP Register of Counsellors & Psychotherapists; a register approved by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.

Having a team of counsellors means that we have a wide range of additional training, knowledge and experience between us, in areas such as anxiety, Aspergers, eating disorders, depression, family problems, loss and bereavement, relationship breakdown, suicidal thoughts, trauma.



Jane Ray - Chair
Wyn Pain - Secretary
Martyn Green - Treasurer
Ian Lee

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Jane Ray

Founder, Chair of Trustees, Management & Counsellor

My name is Jane. Around 6 years ago a small group of us set about building a counselling service for the local community and surrounding areas. We wanted to provide emotional support for anyone in need, offering counselling for as long as was helpful; without anyone having to worry about whether they could afford it. People of all ages and generations have used the service and feedback has been very positive.

Over many years I have worked in the helping profession in various roles. Since 2007, I have been practising as a Person-Centred counsellor. More recently I trained to provide Cognitive Behavioural support for people with anxiety or depression. Experience has found that counselling gives people the opportunity to discover different perspectives and new insights into their problems and their life, enabling a greater sense of well-being and hopefulness.

When someone contacts the service it will be me who will most likely answer any phone enquiries, emails or texts. Pauline and I look after the administration and I oversee adult counselling and take responsibility for the day to day running of the service. I provide counselling two days a week.

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Pauline Culliney

Management & Counsellor

My name is Pauline and I am trained in the Theory and Practice of Person-Centred Counselling and have been working with clients since 2008. I have worked with clients from aged 5 up to 80+ and work with the individuality and uniqueness of each and every person I meet; building a trusting relationship is important for anyone, of any age, to be able to share their worries, concerns, unhappiness or confusion. I offer time and space in which to focus on yourself in whatever way you need, whether that is the past, the present or the future. I provide counselling for adults, children & young people.

I have extensive and varied experience working with children & young people in both primary and secondary schools as well as a youth agency. I have worked as a sessional lecturer at a local college, delivering a course in Counselling Children & Young People; I have delivered and continue to develop workshops for counsellors interested in working with children & young people. I am also a Supervisor working with counsellors in support of their work.

One of my roles in Management is to look after the work we do with children & young people. Once a child, young person, parent/carer or other professional has made initial contact, it will be me you will speak to and I will talk you through how it all works and answer any questions you may have.

Volunteer Counsellors

As a caring profession, many counsellors offer their time voluntarily alongside their other counselling work.

All of our counsellors volunteer their time with us and without whom, our service would not be able to provide affordable counselling to all; we remain continually grateful for their time given.

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My name is Peter and I studied at Diploma level in Integrative Humanistic Counselling at Aylesbury College. Although the course included Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Transactional Analysis I primarily work in a Person Centred way.

I have been working with clients for the past 2 years with a local charity that supports young people. This has given me a huge insight into what it means to be a counsellor in practice and the importance of building a trusting relationship with my clients. I strongly believe that counselling works best when my clients feel in control of their sessions; being with my clients in what they choose to talk about, helps to work through those concerns at a pace that is comfortable for them.

I also work as a Family Support Worker for a charity that works with people who are affected by a loved one’s addiction to drugs or alcohol. In this role I support people via one-to-one sessions, by telephone and email.

Student Volunteer Counsellors

Most counselling training courses require students to have a placement where they are counselling clients alongside their studies.

All trainee counsellors will be at a stage in their training where they are competent and ready to provide counselling. We offer placements to students in their final year with references from their tutor and supervisor as well as interview.

We would like to thank all our counsellors in training who give their time to the service and clients as well as to past students who have now moved on to new ventures.

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