Counselling & Support

Helping you when you need it.

As a community that is seeking to be authentic and Christ-like, we know that means sometimes life is hard and we need to lean on each other for support.

Whether you are part of our church family or not, if we can express God’s love by showing you support when you need it. We run a counselling service, and provide support from those recovering from divorce and separation (all details below). If you would like to talk to a pastor, you can make contact at the bottom of this page.

Hope Counselling

What is it?

A professional counselling service to help people with a range of issues such as anxiety, addiction, bereavement, depression, relationship difficulties, stress etc. using different counselling modalities such as CBT, Person Centred therapy, Integrative therapy, Systemic therapy, Psychodynamic therapy, etc.

Talking things through with a trained counsellor can offer fresh insight and help develop a newer, healthier way of coping with life’s challenges. The counsellor’s role is to provide a confidential, safe, non-judgemental environment in which to explore these difficulties. The ultimate aim is to empower the client to make their own choices and decisions.

Our counselling team comprises qualified counsellors as well as those in training. All our team members are either accredited or working towards their accreditation with the BACP, ACC, BPS or other professional bodies and so follow the Code of Ethics of these respective organisations.

Hope CS is an organisational member of the Association of Christian Counsellors. All our team counsellors are practising Christians and may also be able to explore the spiritual dimension to a presenting issue and where appropriate, work holistically with suitable spiritual resources available to them. In exceptional cases if this is beyond the remit of the counsellor, they may signpost the client to other suitable agencies.

Who is it for?

We offer one-one counselling to individual adults and adolescents as well as working systemically with couples and families. We support the work of local GPs, employers, other care-providing agencies and professionals, including church leaders.

What is the process?

The first appointment is with the services’ manager and offers the opportunity to explore your goals for therapy, discuss any concerns, talk through mutual expectations etc.

Following the initial consultation, you will be contacted again within a few days with details about the commencement of therapy with one of the team counsellors. We normally recommend a minimum of six sessions at the outset but the total number of sessions can vary depending upon individual needs which are regularly reviewed during the therapeutic process.

Where does it take place?

Our team of counsellors use different local premises for counselling. Currently they have access to premises in Chalfont St Peter, Chorleywood, Rickmansworth, Watford and Northwood (Middlesex).

Do I have to pay?

Yes, we ask for a fee to support the delivery of this service. The precise amount is agreed with the services’ manager during the initial appointment. We offer a scale of charges to support those clients who may not be in a position to access counselling privately. We also accept gifts and grants from agencies who wish to support their members in accessing our services.

For further information or to make an appointment, please call 07401 521 408 or contact the services’ manager via email at hope.counselling@goldhill.org

What our clients say about us

“My Hope Counsellor helped me to get through a really painful time in my life. Having someone who was completely outside of my life to talk to, helped me to open up and understand myself and my situation better. Having some counselling sessions with my husband also really helped strengthen our marriage and communicate better with each other. I am extremely grateful for the help and encouragement we received.”

“I felt very well taken care of and able to talk freely about my faith as well which was so important to me (and not possible through the NHS treatment I had received previously).”

Restored Lives

This course is very practical, giving any person the tools to deal with the issues raised when they face separation and/or divorce.

Imortant topics are covered and these include:

  • Healing hurt and pain
  • Communicating effectively
  • Resolving conflict
  • Forgiveness
  • Children and divorce
  • Looking forward to the future

What is involved?

Each evening there is a talk, with opportunities to discuss the issues raised in small groups.  The small groups are led by people who have been through divorce or separation themselves.  There will be a break for refreshments during the evening: the setting is welcoming, relaxed and non-threatening.

Who is it for?

The course is designed for people going through (or who may have gone through some time ago) divorce and separation, or for those seeking reconciliation.

The course is based on Christian principles and is helpful for any person with or without a Christian faith or church background.

What will it cost?

The cost of the course is £30 per person which includes refreshments and course materials.

Feedback from previous courses:

“I enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and the open discussion in small groups.”

“I learnt that I am not alone and not a failure.”

“I was part of a lively group – people became increasingly open.”

“The talks were extremely encouraging with good tips on how to move on.”

For more information on the course, please contact us with the form at the bottom of this page.

Christians Against Poverty (Debt counselling)

Christians Against Poverty was first established in 1996, with the Chalfonts CAP Hub being launched in 2013 in partnership with the Chesham CAP Centre. The Chalfonts Hub has since worked with a variety of clients in the Chalfonts area and worked successfully through a range of different debt challenges. The aim is essentially to help each client become debt free, and also provide guidance and support for other issues which may be affecting a client’s quality of life.

Each client is visited in their own home by a trained local Debt Coach, along with one of a team of local Befrienders.  The Befriender provides ongoing personal support to each client as they implement debt advice provided by the Coach – this support is provided for at least 3 months, but often continues for a longer period by mutual agreement.

Call free on 0800 328 0006 to be connected with your most local Debt Centre/Coach.

Talk to a Pastor

If you would like to talk to one of our pastors, we would be honoured to do that, whether that means face to face, on the phone or by email. If you fill in the form below, giving as much or as little information as you want, your message will go directly to a pastor and we will be in touch with you soon.

(If you do not want to talk but would like us to pray for you, you can submit a prayer request here. That can be anonymous if you want it to be.)