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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The SCC Counselling Service has been accredited by BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) since 2003.

The British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) is a membership organisation and a registered charity that sets standards for therapeutic practice and provides information for therapists, clients of therapy, and the general public.


As the largest professional body representing counselling and psychotherapy in the UK, BACP aim to increase public understanding of the benefits of counselling and psychotherapy, raise awareness of what can be expected from the process of therapy and promote education and/or training for counsellors and psychotherapists.


SCC specialises in providing counselling to high professional standards. Experienced senior staff, trainers and supervisors ensure the high standards of training and practice with which SCC has become associated.


The Centre was founded in 1990 to provide accessible psychodynamic counselling for those with a limited income in the Taunton community.  We now offer both long-term and time-limited work (6 to 12 weeks) and some counsellors are also trained in CBT, Relationships Counselling and Counselling with Young People. We also provide an Employee Assistance Programme.

Counselling is provided by counsellors at various stages of their career from senior trainees to BACP accredited counsellors. There are now over 20 counsellors working at SCC and over 70 clients per week are using the counselling service. All counselling work is regularly supervised and a high standard of professionalism is maintained through adherence to the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.


Overseeing the work of SCC is a board of trustees with special interests that link the centre to the local community.


One person in six of the population is suffering from emotional distress and disturbance at any one time. Most people try to hide their pain and deal with their difficulties themselves. However, a resolution is not always possible, and various symptoms may emerge, from headaches and backaches, to a profound and frightening sense of not being able to cope at home and / or at work. Eighty million working days per annum are lost across the country because of depression, anxiety and stress related symptoms.


Sharing such distress in privacy and confidentiality, with someone outside the situation, can be a relief. Counselling provides space to reflect away from the everyday pressures of a busy life with a person trained to help you.




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