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.



Community Counselling HP16 is governed by a board of trustees who are responsible for overseeing all of the work we do as a small charitable counselling service. By giving of their time, experience and knowledge the trustees ensure the counselling service operates in line with the constitution and complies to relevant legislation and regulations.

The trustees are responsible for ensuring the business plan is adhered to, as much as is practicable, and for making decisions to take Community Counselling HP16 forward, reflecting the vision and values of the service. The trustees meet at least 5 times a year with sub -committee meetings in between.

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

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Jane Ray

Founder, Chair of Trustees, Management & Counsellor

In 2012 a small group of us set about creating a counselling service for the local community (HP16) 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 caring 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. I look after the administration, oversee the counselling and take responsibility for the day to day running of the service. I provide counselling two days a week.

Wyn Pain - Secretary

I originally trained as a Graphic Designer and later became a Computer Programmer. Over the last 30 years I have concentrated on caring for my family whilst taking on various voluntary roles along the way. Having seen the effect that mental health illness can have on individuals and families, I was keen to support and develop a community counselling service that is accessible and affordable to all.

About us. Ian Lee

Martyn Green FCA - Treasurer

I have worked 50 years as a Chartered Accountant with a career in business at Finance Director level, and from a charitable perspective have been involved with the Finance at Great Missenden Parish Church.

About us. Martyn Green

Ian Lee

I live in Great Missenden and have been a trustee of Community Counselling HP16 for the last year. I retired recently from my civil law practice as a self-employed barrister specialising in catastrophic injury claims, personal and mental injury generally, industrial deafness and disease, clinical negligence, and employment litigation.

I have many years of experience representing clients from both sides of industry and all walks of life.

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.

About us. Natalie McGourty


My name is Natalie and I am a qualified counsellor having completed a Diploma in Integrative Humanistic Counselling at Aylesbury College. Being an integrative counsellor means I am trained in, and can use different types of counselling to suit my clients’ needs. Person-centred counselling is the foundation of my practice, however, I also use CBT, Transactional Analysis and Psychodynamic techniques.

I have been working as a counsellor for the last 2 ½ years at a local secondary school, I also volunteer for a charity that helps people with anxiety. In addition, I have experience working with the elderly, providing counselling to the residents of a care home.

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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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