Dover Counselling Centre wins NHS bid

Dover Counselling Centre has been successful in their bid to provide NHS Psychological Therapies throughout Thanet and and South Kent Coast.

Angie Wiggins, D27376383over’s chief, said: “I am delighted. Very many thanks to all who have provided support, hard work and commitment.”

Dover CC is responsible for east Kent IAPT services and providing psychological therapy services to East Kent primary care services.

If you would like to refer yourself for counselling please contact Dover Counselling Service who can arrange sessions with your GP practice.

Dover Counselling Centre aims to support those in the community that have the most need by providing individual, group, couple, young peoples counselling and therapeutic groups that will help people address personal difficulties and find their own solutions, helping them experience a better quality life.

We provide professional and confidential counselling at an affordable price, with substantially reduced rates for those claiming benefits. These rates change, depending on fundraising income. At present we charge £12.50 for those on benefits and £20 if you are working and live in East Kent. Both these rates are subsidised.

Payment can be made by cheque, credit or debit card or cash.

We are a Charity (800988) and a Limited Company (2334448). Our partnership organisation, Life Counselling Services, is a Social Enterprise and any profits from their work go to support our community counselling service.

“I found it a friendly environment, somewhere where I felt at ease and altogether very helpful. From the moment I stepped in the door the environment was one of friendliness and warmth. The staff are extremely well suited to their jobs. My counsellor has been a great help. She was always warm, friendly and probably most importantly human, because she was much more in touch with what I was feeling than I could have expected.”

Management Board and Staff
Chair person: Bill Moses MBE (founder member)
Our Board members have diverse skills in supporting the staff to manage the Centre in a business-like manner, whilst looking after the needs of our communities. Collectively they have many years experience in private and public, local and national industries and services, with skills in senior management, training, human resources and financal management.




The Dover Counselling Centre was formed in 1988, and is a company and a charity. The Centre grew out of the Herald Assistance Unit (HAU), a service set up by Kent County Council in 1987, following the capsize of the Herald of Free Enterprise ferry.

The HAU workers recognised the continuing needs of the bereaved, survivors, and the wider community, therefore when Kent County Council withdrew its funding and left on 30th June 1988, the Dover Counselling Centre opened on 1st July 1988; effectively having never closed its doors. Thus, the continuity of care for existing clients, as well as the facility to expand the range of services offered, was ensured.

Janet Johnston, together with Colin Weaver (HAU Team Manager), with the support of Bill Moses, ran a training course for CRUSE bereavement counsellors, both having been involved with that charity. With the help of RELATE, Marriage Guidance counsellors were sent to Dover, and the Kent Council on Addiction ran a training course to recruit new counsellors.

Staff were recruited and the Dover Counselling Centre became established, offering counselling via Cruse Bereavement Care, Kent Council on Addiction, and Relate, in addition to offering a general counselling service. Janet and Bill have both been awarded the MBE by Her Majesty the Queen.


Tel.: 01304 204123





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