The Counselling Foundation wins NHS contract for counselling in Luton

April 18, 2016 1:58 pm Published by

The Counselling Foundation in partnership with Relate Bedfordshire and Luton have announced that they have been successful in their bid as the preferred provider to work with East London Foundation Trust (ELFT) to deliver 4,000 counselling sessions for people living in Luton each year.

The Counselling Foundation, a local charity in Luton,  and Relate have been commissioned to provide the counselling component on behalf of ELFT’s Luton Wellbeing Service as part of the national programme for Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT).

Once referred from Luton Wellbeing Service clients can receive up to six sessions of free counselling.

The Foundation believes the provision of counselling will have a positive effect on the community and will provide vital support. The wellbeing of a client is greatly improved by giving them a confidential space to discuss their concerns with a professional therapist who will listen and provide support to resolve their issues.

The client will have the option to choose one-to-one counselling with a therapist from The Counselling Foundation, or couples’ counselling with Relate Bedfordshire and Luton. Both options use highly trained professionals in a safe, supportive and confidential environment.

CEO, Robert Cuming at The Counselling Foundation said “We are thrilled to have won this contract in partnership with Relate. As the chosen preferred provider, this will enable us to continue our charitable mission to help as many people as possible with counselling and remove the stigma of mental health, empowering more individuals to be open and honest with how they feel and seek the support they need. It will also provide a great opportunity for our many graduates of our training facility to access more counselling work”.

CEO, Angela Foll at Relate Bedfordshire and Luton said “Good quality relationships are critical to health and wellbeing and can prevent, delay or reduce the effects of physical and mental health conditions. So we are delighted to partner with The Counselling Foundation to deliver our relationship counselling service in Luton as part of the national IAPT programme. Living with physical or mental health conditions can be a long road, but our relationships with partners, family and friends are what make the journey better.”

Members of the public can self-refer to the Luton Wellbeing Service by calling 01582 393 130, by visiting or by contacting their GP to arrange a referral.



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The Counselling Foundation is a leading charity providing low cost, quality counselling and counsellor training for the better mental health and educational advancement of our communities.

Counselling services includes seeing individuals, businesses and NHS patients, across Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire.

Founded in 1974, the Foundation has now become one of the largest counselling and training centres outside of London, with five centres in Bedford, Broxbourne, Luton, St Albans and Stevenage and 150 staff and counsellors delivering over 30,000 counselling sessions a year.


Relate Bedfordshire & Luton

Relate champions the importance of strong and healthy relationships as the basis of a thriving society. Personal and social relationships are important in our everyday lives and are central to our wellbeing.

Relationships are under increasing pressure – breakdown costs the UK economy £46 billion each year according to the Relationships Foundation.

Over a million people every year access information, support and counselling from Relate but it’s clear many more would benefit from Relate services.

Relate’s services extend beyond relationship counselling to family counselling, counselling for young people, sex therapy and informal courses and workshops and are offered through a network of 1,700 counsellors across the country.

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