SCC specialises in providing counselling in Taunton, Ilminster and Bridgwater.

SCC counsellors have all been trained to high professional standards. The SCC counselling service is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

SCC was established in 1990 to offer affordable, open ended, in-depth counselling.  All clients are assessed at the centre and allocation to a counsellor is considered carefully.  There are now 20 counsellors working part time and over 70 people using the service each week.

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Fees & Appointments

The cost of counselling

SCC is a registered charity and a non profit making organisation; we receive no financial support from the Government or NHS Trusts.  We aim to make our service accessible to everyone irrespective of income.  Each person who comes to SCC for counselling is expected to contribute towards the cost of the service according to their ability to pay.

The cost of the initial consultation is a set fee of £40.  Fees are negotiable and clients are asked to pay what they can reasonably afford; we do have a limited number of low cost places available. The fee for regular ongoing counselling sessions is discussed and agreed with the counsellor at the first meeting.  No one is excluded because they cannot afford the full cost of counselling.

Relationship counselling is a set fee of £48 per session.

Making an appointment

SCC operates an appointment only system and appointments are made by telephoning SCC.  Calls are answered between 10.00am and 3.00pm weekdays.  At other times messages can be left on the answer phone and will be answered as soon as possible.  Alternatively you can email your details including your telephone number, or you can apply via our registration form on the ‘Contact us’ section of the site click here.

The initial consultation

The initial consultation, for individual counselling, can last up to an hour and a half and provides an opportunity to talk about the problems and reasons for coming into counselling.  

If there is a mutual agreement between SCC and the client to proceed with counselling this will be processed and a counsellor will make contact as soon as possible.

All following sessions will be 50 minutes long.

Waiting times

Our services are in regular demand and we make every effort to accommodate those seeking counselling as quickly as possible.  We work hard to avoid a waiting list. Appointments for initial consultation are usually available within a week of registration, with ongoing counselling arranged promptly after this.


We aim to make our service accessible to all people and whilst we have a ground floor consultation room and toilet, Apsley house isn't very wheelchair friendly.  

We are, therefore, developing a plan to improve the access for wheelchair users. If you are mobility impaired please discuss your access needs with us so we can see how we can help you in the meantime.