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NHS Talking Therapy

The Counselling Foundation is an approved provider of NHS Talking Therapies for people who are 16 and over and registered with a GP in Hertfordshire.  Our services are accredited by the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) which means we follow strict, ethical clinical policies which are reviewed regularly.

We offer a range of appointments from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday. You can have the flexibility of online or telephone appointments or in-person from one of our rooms in St Albans, Stevenage and Broxbourne.

This free service offers 8-sessions in a safe, confidential setting and referral can be made through your GP or by self-referral through Single Point of Access (0800 644 4101). You can submit a registration form online to SPA following the link below.

We have counsellors for whom English is their second language and a mix of gender. Our counsellors are qualified, experienced, and trained to work with many conditions, including:

Anxiety and

or life crises

Self image and
identity issues

Issues of

Grief and

Emotional or physical
abuse issues

Lack of direction,

Early onset
addictive behaviours

Coping with
injury or illness

Family relationship

Stress and trauma
– pre and post event

Loss e.g.
health, relationship


I really enjoyed my sessions with my counsellor and feel she is a credit to the service. I only wish I could have had more sessions as I still have a lot to go through. I do feel the sessions I had have made a positive impact on me. Thank you.

I felt very respected and heard throughout. I’m so very grateful for the help I received and am absolutely certain that it helped to prevent me from spiralling.

It was always a pleasure speaking with my counsellor and something I always looked forward too. I was always very comfortable talking with her and I certainly feel I benefited greatly from our sessions.

Glad I did it, helped me gain perspective on why I was feeling the way I was. My counsellor was extremely helpful and made me feel comfortable with every session.

My counsellor was extremely easy to talk to and treated everything with compassion, understanding and sensitivity. Although my issues are likely to require further ongoing treatment from similar services, this is in no way reflective of the excellent care I was given. I cannot speak highly enough of her and genuinely count myself very fortunate to of been able to chat to her over such a historically difficult time for me. I will miss having her input into my care.”

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