Chichester Counselling Services (CCS) was founded in 1979; in 1985 The Charity Commission approved its registration as a charity with a purpose to provide affordable counselling.
Today we offer a professional counselling service for adults. In addition, we provide entry level and higher level trainiing for those wishing to enter the counselling profession.
We are an organisational member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), the national regulatory body for counsellors and psychotherapists. We comply with the BACP Ethical Framework, value people regardless of their ability to contribute to costs, their social status, ethnic origin, religious or sexual orientation and we respect your confidentiality. .
We operate from our premises in central Chichester.
Our premises are located on the first floor of a building that is 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 & Governance
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.
Our supervisors monitor the quality of the counselling weekly. All counsellors are in supervision groups, and involved in case discussion of their client work. This system ensures that clients are kept safe when being seen for counselling with us.
Our Diploma training course adheres to the standards required by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and is reviewed annually by an External Examiner on their behalf.
Day to day management is carried out by a small team led by the Chief Executive. The organisation is governed by a Board of Trustees consisting of 8 members.
Management & Governance
Chief Executive Wendy Evans
Board of Trustees
Mark Perry (Chair)
Dr Lynda Rogers-Beel (Deputy Chair)
Dr Robert Jackson
The Duchess of Richmond and Gordon
Wendy Evans – Chief Executive
Wendy has a background in accountancy and business management in the private sector having trained in industry whilst studying for a professional accountancy qualification (CIMA) at Southampton Solent University. Alongside this role she also delivers consultancy services and training to business leaders and a training and development programme for trustees and governors largely within the education sector.
Wendy is a qualified accountant, a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (FCMA), has qualified teacher status, post 16 (QTLS) awarded by the University of Portsmouth and is a national Governor Mark assessor. Wendy is also Chair of a school governing board, a charity trustee and business ambassador for a local education and business partnership.
Paul Brand - Training Manager and Year 1 & 3 Course 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 delighted to be able to bring together his teaching experience and his counselling work through the training at CCS.
Paul is particularly interested in applying relational theory to psychodynamic practice, and in ideas around rupture and repair within the therapeutic relationship. He oversees the training service and in Year 3 of the training at CCS, he encourages trainees to think carefully and critically about what they hear and read, and to start to find their own voice and their own unique style as a counsellor. He is also closely involved in helping trainees to develop their skills in writing about their client work, especially through the Year 3 case study.
Sally Knight - Training Coordinator and Personal Tutor
Sally trained at CCS, studying for her psychodynamic counselling diploma alongside a full-time role in financial services. Having found her interest was more in helping people manage work-based stress rather than her corporate role she changed careers after she had qualified. She now works in a specialist agency with adults who have suffered trauma/abuse and volunteers as a counsellor at CCS. 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.
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; and The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, London.
Chloe works with individuals in Time Limited and open-ended therapy and with groups. She teaches at WPF Therapy; 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 in Business Administration.
Diane Stainton - Year 1 Group Facilitator
Following an early academic research interest in social deviance, Diane trained as a Social Sciences teacher, teaching in socially deprived areas of Merseyside. During this time she trained as a school counsellor. A deep interest in Literature led to her studying for a Master’s degree in Victorian Literature, which she went on to teach at Liverpool University. Later she left England to take up a post in a large international school in Cairo, where, at various times, she led the Humanities and English Departments, provided induction and professional training for staff, as well as offering counselling to newly recruited ex-pat staff. On return to the UK, and having taken up another teaching post, Diane began training in psychodynamic counselling.
Besides her training role, Diane also works as a volunteer counsellor at CCS and has a small private practice. She has a particular interest in the therapeutic benefits of reading in small groups.
Zoe Carey - Year 2 Course Tutor
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 (some might say obsession!) 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. She was finally ready to begin her own therapy and train as a psychodynamic counsellor in 2007. She now has a private practice as well as working as a counsellor, assessor and supervisor for a low cost community clinic in Brighton.
Marie Price - Research Tutor
Linda Connell - Project Tutor
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.
Linda Ellis - Personal Tutor
Karena Smale - Personal Tutor
Karena trained in psychodynamic counselling at Chichester Counselling Services. 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. Karena particularly enjoys working with students and this includes being a senior member of a University’s Student Support and Wellbeing Team. She is an experienced external assessor of case studies and counselling students’ projects. Karena is a BACP Registered and Accredited counsellor.
Sue Arnold – Clinical Training Supervisor
Sue Arnold has a background in mental health and has been working as a counsellor for 25 years. Her first training included several different counselling approaches, she then went on to specialise in working psychodynamically but continues to integrate concepts from other modalities into her practice. She has a particular interest in working with clients who have a mental health diagnosis.
Sue worked in a college of further and higher education for 15 years, counselling people of all ages, from a variety of different backgrounds cultures and countries. She has worked for Dialogue, an organisation which specialises in offering counselling to young people. As a counselling trainer, Sue led CCS’ Year 2 Diploma course for 6 years. She has a private practice. She is committed to making counselling available to everyone through her work with CCS and in her private practice.
Sue holds an MA, is UKCP registered, BACP registered and senior accredited, and is a BAPPS registered supervisor.
Julie Holmes – Clinical Training Supervisor
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 nineteen years: with the NHS with adults, with teenagers as a lead counsellor for the YMCA and as Clinical Supervisor at Chichester Counselling Service 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.
“It was this training in object relations and attachment theory (and much more) that clarified for me the importance of the Psychodynamic approach.”
Julie is UKCP registered, a registered member of BACP, and holds a Diploma in Supervision and three Masters’ degrees.