About us

Chichester Counselling Services (CCS) was founded in 1979 and approved by the Charity Commission in 1985 as a charity with a purpose to provide a counselling service and training for people wishing to become counsellors.

We are a team of approximately 40 therapists providing a professional service of support to individuals aged 18+.

All our counsellors have been rigorously trained and are carefully selected for their skills, experience and suitability. They are fully qualified or undertaking the advanced stage of our training programme in order to complete an accredited professional counselling qualification.

Our training team delivers both entry level (certificate) and higher level (diploma) training in psychodynamic counselling.

We operate from our premises in central Chichester.

Accessibility

Our premises are located on the first floor of a building accessible via stairs at street level. There is no lift in the building or space for a stair lift. We are able to arrange rooms at alternative premises for any clients who are unable to use the stairs and so please notify us when you contact us if this applies to you.

Monitoring and Quality Assurance

We are an organisational member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), the national regulatory body for counsellors and psychotherapists and follow the BACP Ethical Framework for the counselling professions.

We use CORE (Clinical Outcomes in Routine Evaluation), a statistically proven outcome measure used widely in counselling and psychotherapy. CORE uses a questionnaire completed by clients both before and after counselling, which demonstrates whether they have made clinical and reliable improvements.

All counsellors are in supervision groups, and involved in case discussion of their client work. Our clinical supervisors monitor the quality of the counselling. This system is intended to ensure that clients are kept safe.

Our Diploma training course is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). In addition, it is reviewed annually by an External Moderator who provides an independent view of and input to the delivery, process and outcome the organisation’s Diploma.

 

Organisation structure

 

Patron

The Duchess of Richmond and Gordon

 

Governance

Chichester Counselling is governed by a Board of Trustees of up to 8 members.

Keith Campbell

Dr Rob Jackson

Dr Keven O’Shea

Margaret Overington

Mark Perry (Chair)

Neil Pettitt

Alan Pickering (Deputy Chair)

 

Management

Day to day management is carried out by a small team led by the Chief Executive.

Chief Executive: Wendy Evans

Memberships

We are an organisational member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), a national regulatory body for counsellors and psychotherapists.

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Team profiles

Wendy Evans Chief Executive
 

Wendy has a background in finance, business management and leadership. She trained in industry and studied accountancy at Southampton Solent University and is a qualified accountant and fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (FCMA). She has taught in adult education and has qualified teacher status, post 16 (QTLS), awarded by the University of Portsmouth.

In addition to her executive role at CCS, she delivers consultancy, training and development services to organisation leaders including executives, trustees and governors within the private, not for profit and education sectors.

Wendy has served for many years as a school governor, charity trustee and business ambassador for local education and business partnerships.

 

Chloe West - Counselling Manager
 

Chloe is a psychodynamic psychotherapist with a particular interest in the long-term impacts of trauma. She trained at Birkbeck College, University of London; WPF Therapy, London; The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, London; and the Guild of Psychotherapists.

Chloe works with individuals in Time Limited and open-ended therapy and with groups. She teaches on counselling and psychotherapy courses; practices at an abuse and rape counselling service; and runs client and professional reflective practice groups. She has also worked with a university counselling service; with The Samaritans; and has been trustee of a perinatal therapeutic charity.

Chloe is registered with the FPC, BPC and UKCP and is a lay member of the University of Surrey’s Research Ethics Committee. She also holds Masters’ degrees in Education and Business Administration.

 

Paul Brand - Training Manager and Year Tutor

Paul completed a PhD in history and taught at a number of different universities before deciding to train as a psychodynamic counsellor. In recent years he has worked for various charity and university counselling services and currently works with adults and young people at a community counselling agency in Hampshire. He is a BACP Registered and Accredited counsellor.

As Training Manager, Paul is responsible for the day to day running of CCS’ Certificate and Diploma training, as well as CPD and further post-qualification counselling training. He mainly teaches on the Certificate part of the training and therefore specialises in working with trainees as they are introduced to the core aspects of the theory and practical skills of psychodynamic counselling. He is also involved in helping trainees at a later stage of the training as they develop their skills in writing about client work, especially through the Year 3 case study.

Sally Knight - Training Coordinator

Sally worked as an administration manager with a large Employee Benefits company before completing her counselling training at CCS. In her role as Training Coordinator she manages the administrative side of the CCS training; liaising with students and staff on aspects of the certificate and diploma training courses and often acting as the first point of contact for training enquiries.

In addition, having undertaken training in working with trauma, she works part-time as an assessor and counsellor with a specialist trauma charity, works with a local overseas charity and also·has a small private practice. ·Sally is a Registered Member of BACP.

In addition, Sally works as training coordinator supporting the Training Manager and liaising with students and staff on aspects of the certificate and diploma training courses.

Zoe Carey - Year Tutor and Supervisor

Zoe first began working in the field of mental health at the age of 19 when she worked on an acute psychiatric ward in central London. It was also at this time that that she developed her interest with the works of Sigmund Freud. Since then she has worked for the NHS as a nursing assistant on dementia wards, in drug addiction units, in psychiatric rehabilitation and lived and worked on the premises of an old style asylum in Wales as it was being closed down in 1990-1.

Zoe trained as a psychodynamic counsellor in 2007 and has a private practice as well as working as a counsellor, assessor and supervisor for a low cost community clinic in Brighton.

Caroline Betterton - Personal Tutor

Caroline's training as a Psychodynamic counsellor began in St Albans and was completed at CCS twenty-five years ago. Since then, she has held a variety of roles at CCS including training manager, personal tutor and assessor. Caroline sees CCS as her counselling home; she enjoys being part of the lively training team and contributing to its widely respected charitable counselling service as a volunteer time-limited and longer-term counsellor. She finds psychodynamic counselling endlessly challenging and stimulating. Caroline has also worked as the sole counsellor for an agricultural college and as a supervisor to telephone counsellors in Hampshire. Although determined to become a social worker, Caroline fell into and found she loved, teaching. Her first career was as a primary school teacher and she has continued to work in education alongside counselling, as a Deputy Head, Special Needs co-ordinator, teacher trainer, Nursery leader and NFER Assessment Associate.

Karena Smale - Personal Tutor

Karena trained in psychodynamic counselling at CCS. Since qualifying she has worked in an educational institution as a counsellor and then after qualifying with an Advanced Diploma in Counselling Supervision, she became a supervisor for placement counsellors at the University of Chichester.

Karena has experience of running her own small private practice and particularly enjoys working with students and this includes being a senior member of a University’s Student Support and Wellbeing Team.

Karena is an experienced external assessor of case studies and counselling students’ projects and is a BACP Registered and Accredited counsellor.

Julie Holmes - Course Tutor

Julie's training in Psychotherapy is from a Transpersonal perspective, studying at the CCPE, London. She has enjoyed a portfolio career, first in the Media as Head of Pictures and Business Coach at the BBC and similar roles at Chanel 4 and Channel 5 Television, with her media consultancy working for the corporate world and lecturing at Middlesex University while changing career direction and now works full-time as a Psychotherapist, Supervisor, Coach and Child Psychotherapist.

She has a wide variety of experience over 19 years: with the NHS with adults, with teenagers as a lead counsellor for the YMCA and as Clinical Supervisor at CCS as well as in Private Practice. Relocating to Chichester, Julie has worked with children with life-limiting illnesses and families with the Snowdrop Trust, before joining Sussex Partnership NHS in Brighton and working with children in West Sussex schools with WSCC's Your Space. More recently Julie has trained in EMDR, a therapy recommended in the NHS' NICE Guidelines for PTSD, and completed an MA in Transpersonal Child, Adolescent and Family Psychotherapy and Counselling.

Julie is UKCP registered, a registered member of BACP, and holds a Diploma in Supervision and three Masters' degrees.

Nicki Figgins – Personal Tutor

Nicki changed career direction after 25 years in Business Development to begin her training at CCS. Upon qualifying, Nicki contributed to CCS counselling service and NHS IAPT Time to Talk service as a volunteer counsellor before moving into her Personal Tutor role within CCS. In addition, Nicki has a private practice as well as working as a counsellor for a community counselling agency in Hampshire.

Nicki is a Registered Member of BACP and holds a BA (Hons) in English and Classical Studies.

Louise Bolton – Personal Tutor

Louise's professional career has predominantly been in health and social care settings including homelessness and adult mental health services. She qualified as a social worker in 2011 and since then her work has focused on substance misuse and, more recently, family work.

Louise completed her psychodynamic counselling training at CCS and undertook an additional placement in a University Student Wellbeing Service. In her work with families affected by parental alcohol use, Louise integrates fundamental psychodynamic principles and theory with behaviour-change modalities to support both children and adults. In addition, she is currently delivering behavioural couple therapy for alcohol dependence as part of a pilot project with Tavistock Relations.

Louise is a Registered Member of BACP.

 

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