About Us

About Us

Opening hours: Monday to Friday 9AM to 9PM

Closed: Saturday and Sunday

Easter: April 4th – April 19 2020
Summer:  August 3 – September 1 2020
Christmas: December 19 – 3 January 2020

Riverside Counselling Service is a registered charity that had been providing a professional, affordable counselling service to the local community since 1989. Riverside offers counselling to adults and young people from the age of 12. We are committed to providing an accessible service across the community relying on donations and grants to support us. Our accessibility limitations strategy is available on here.

Counselling is about listening to you, giving you the time and space to talk about your difficulties in a safe, confidential, non-judgemental environment. It allows you to think about your situation, explore issues, and find ways of managing your problems.
Riverside’s counselling services are accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and all our counsellors work within their Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions. Our counsellors are highly trained and committed practitioners.

Counselling can help with:

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Bereavement and loss
  • Stress
  • Physical, emotional and sexual abuse
  • Low self-esteem
  • Alcohol and drug problems
  • Challenging life experiences
  • Difficulties at school, college or home
  • Or when you feel that things are just not right!


At Riverside we are committed to providing affordable counselling by ensuring that cost is not a barrier to accessing our service. The fee for your registration and initial consultation is £50. If this is not manageable for you this can be discussed – the fees for subsequent counselling sessions are discussed with you in your initial consultation and calculated according to income.

Types of therapy available at Riverside include:

Psychodynamic counselling
Integrative psychotherapy
Short-term and long-term
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Group work

What next?

You could email or phone; you will then be contacted within 2 working days to arrange an initial consultation with one of our senior practitioners.

Our Trustees

Adrian Marsh (Chair)
John Morrow (Treasurer)
Phil Bridge (Policies & Procedures)
Andrew Broome (Safeguarding)
Gill Mann (Legal Adviser)
Nicki Williams-Gray (Fundraising)

Our Key Staff

Hilary Arthur (Director & Clinical Lead)
Amanda Cofek (Deputy Clinical Lead & Operational Lead)
Cath Muston (Deputy Clinical Lead & CPD Lead)
Peter Powell (Clinical Development Lead)
Siobain Degregorio (Clinical Co-ordinator, Young People’s Service)
Liz Pollard (Clinical Support Practitioner)
Edwina Vernon (Clinical Support Practitioner)
Amanda Collins (Fundraising Manager)
Kate Terry (Administrator)
Rose Scarborough (IC Co-ordinator)


Emma-Jane Taylor