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.

Please contact your nearest centre to make an enquiry:
Bedford | Broxbourne | Luton | St Albans | Stevenage

If you are further afield, please email the Foundation office

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.

The Counselling Foundation has two BACP accredited confidential talking therapy services.

DIRECT counselling service is time limited and offers up to 20 sessions and has a fixed weekly fee.

OPEN counselling service (part funded) is not time-limited and can continue for as long as the client and counsellor feel it is required.  Counselling sessions are subsidised as part of our charitable work.

Our charitable aim is to make individual counselling as affordable and accessible as possible.

Open Counselling (part funded)

You will be offered an initial 90-minute assessment during which you can explore with the counsellor the nature of your concern and decide whether ongoing counselling may be helpful.

The fees for the initial assessment should be paid in advance and are non-refundable.

Assessment Fees:
We operate a sliding scale of fees and ask clients to make a reasonable contribution based on income, subject to a minimum fee.

Income Minimum Assessment Fee
Above £25,000 £50
Between £10,000 – £25,000 £30
Below £10,000 £20

Ongoing Counselling Fees

We ask that you pay £1 per £1,000 of income subject to a minimum fee as indicated below:

Location Minimum Fee per session:
St Albans £25   (up to £65)
Stevenage £22   (up to £65)
Broxbourne £22   (up to £65)
Bedford £20   (up to £65)
Luton £20   (up to £65)

DIRECT counselling service
For this service, there is no separate initial assessment. This means that you will begin counselling directly and you are likely to start counselling sooner, subject to both client and counsellor availability. As the first session serves as an assessment, we ask you to pay for your first session in advance.

A counselling session costs the Foundation between £45 – £65 and we ask clients to pay as much as they can afford.

As a guide we offer a sliding scale of fees based on income, to ensure we can maintain the subsidised OPEN counselling service for those that need it.

Counselling costs:

Fees are agreed within the table below.

Location DIRECT Counselling Fee Per Session
Hertfordshire £50 – £65
Bedfordshire £45 – £60

If you have any questions, one of our helpful centre administrators will be able to provide further information on the phone, please find the contact numbers below:


Bedford – 01234 346 077
Luton – 01582 732 450


Broxbourne – 01992 637 285
St Albans – 01727 586 693
Stevenage – 01438 357 775