national-counselling-society.jpgWe offer a free, confidential counselling service where Adult Carers can receive individual counselling sessions from qualified and trainee counsellors in Essex.

Counselling is a confidential talking therapy which gives you the opportunity to talk about your concerns, and any emotional difficulties you are experiencing with a counsellor. Sessions take place in a quiet, undisturbed and safe setting and may help you explore your situation and see things more clearly and gain more understanding of yourself. Counselling can also provide extra support outside of your network of family and friends.

Carers come to counselling to discuss all kinds of concerns, including:

  • Transitions – when the caring role begins, changes or ends
  • Bereavement or other loss, there are many losses which can affect our lives
  • Illness, accident or trauma
  • Depression, anxiety, worries or stress about the past, the present or the future
  • Isolation, loneliness or difficulties in a social setting

All counsellors working with us are members of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) or are a member of another recognised Professional Body, for example, the National Counselling Society NCS), and work within their ethical frameworks.

Please contact a member of our team to find out more:

Telephone: 0300 770 80 90


Our current counselling venues and times are shown in the table below. 

Action for Family Carers free counselling for adult Carers
Monday  pm Braintree Community Centre
Tuesday am Therapy for Life, Southend - (Note, not for Southend Carers, but for Essex Carers in surrounding areas)
Tuesday eve Lepra, Colchester
Wednesday am Private Garden Therapy Room, Rayleigh
Wednesday pm Braintree Community Centre
Thursday am Nevendon Centre, Wickford
Friday am Epping Quaker Hall
Friday am Lepra, Colchester
Friday pm Lepra, Colchester
Friday pm Quaker Meeting House, Billericay
TBC   Chelmsford Counselling Centre

We also have counselling sessions via Zoom on various days and times.   zoom.jpg

We do have waiting lists in most of these areas. Contact our team to find out availability for each area.

Download our Counselling Leaflet


Volunteer with us

Are you interested in working with us as a Volunteer Counsellor? If so, we would love to hear from you and it can be an excellent way to bank some counselling hours. Click here Volunteer Counsellor and register your interest.

All of our volunteer counsellors are fully supported by our experienced team who are always available for information and guidance. For more details please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Julie, on

All our volunteering opportunities can be found on this website under 'Volunteering'.