During these uncertain and challenging times more people than ever are seeking mental health support. The Counselling Foundation is proud to continue delivering our services during the COVID-19 pandemic. In line with government guidelines our face to face counselling is temporarily suspended but we are pleased to offer counselling remotely via phone and online, depending on your preference.

For many, telephone and online / video counselling offer increased flexibility and, while it is a different experience to that of face-to-face counselling, the service provided is no less professional or valuable. It also allows us to adhere to social distancing requirements, ensuring the safety of our clients and staff.

More information about how we are currently delivering counselling services and how to access them, can be found here.

Counselling and counselling training in Bedford

Contact us:

Call us on 01234 346077
Email: bedford@counsellingfoundation.org
Or please use the form below to get in touch.

Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB)
2nd Floor
7A St Pauls Square
Bedford  MK40 1SQ

Opening hours for counselling:

All counselling is by appointment only.

Bedford Centre:

Long-term and time-limited counselling

Our Bedford centre provides counsellor training alongside our fee-paying counselling service to people in north and mid Bedfordshire including Kempston, Ampthill, Biggleswade and Sandy as well as other surrounding towns and local areas.

We seek to make both long term and time-limited counselling available and affordable by offering a choice of services within a fee structure that enables us to provide a sustainable counselling service to everyone within our community.

All of our counsellors within the Luton Centre are professionally trained and their work is supported by qualified, accredited clinical supervisors. To access our services in Bedford you must be 18 years +.

Please contact the centre directly bedford@counsellingfoundation.org for more details about our counselling service or contact our Training team (training@counsellingfoundation.org) for information about our courses.

Bedfordshire short-term NHS funded counselling 

The Counselling Foundation works in partnership with the East London Foundation Trust (ELFT) and the Bedford Wellbeing Service (BWS) to provide counselling for patients registered with a North or Central Bedfordshire-based GP.   All referrals are assessed initially by the BWS to ascertain what will be the most suitable service to support you.

You can speak to your GP to arrange a referral or apply online directly through the BWS website   https://bedfordshirewellbeingservice.nhs.uk/get-started/

Once we receive a referral from the BWS, an appointment can be arranged for you to attend counselling at our Luton or Bedford Centres, or at one of our other alternative sites spread out throughout the wider Beds area.  Eg.Bedford, Newport Pagnall, Milton Keynes, Luton, Dunstable, Ampthill, Biggleswade, Shefford, Letchworth.  Whilst we cannot guarantee a specific day and time in a preferred venue, we will do our best to accommodate a patient’s preferences where possible.

Finding Us:

The Bedford Centre is located on the 2nd floor of the CAB building in St Paul’s Square and has lift access.

There is no parking at the centre, but surrounding streets offer controlled zone parking.

The nearest on road parking is available along The Embankment, which runs behind the Citizens Advice Bureau and beside the river. The postcode for the Embankment is MK40 3PE. Prices for on road parking are:

This redbrick building with the car in front of it is the Court and is next to the Citizens Advice Bureau. There are two disabled parking bays here, however, they are for use by the  general  public so cannot be guaranteed to be available.

Situated in the town centre, the Citizens Advice Bureau is a turning off The Broadway (A6) almost opposite Club Crystal and a temporary car park, on the corner is Pharmacy OM. Note the Broadway is one way in a southerly direction from Tavistock Street.


Nearest bus stop:

The nearest bus stops are on St Pauls Square.

P1  buses –  1 / 24 / 53 / 68 / C1 / C10 / C11

P3 buses –  2 / 3 / 9 / W1 / W2


Train: Bedford is well served by Bedford Main Line from St Pancras. There is also a station at Bedford St Johns from Bletchley.