Due to the Government Advice regarding Covid-19, all our counselling services are currently being delivered by telephone or online.  Existing clients, and those who have already received an assessment but have not yet started counselling, will be contacted to make the appropriate arrangements in due course.  If this applies to you and you have any questions please email bedford@counsellingfoundation.org 

If you are an employee of CCS or have been referred via Bedford NHS, or Bedford Victims of Crime service, please email our admin team on bedford@counsellingfoundation.org to process your referral. 

Any new enquiries for our general counselling service should be sent to this email address. We are currently experiencing high demand and taking longer than usual to reply to enquiries. Thank you for your understanding at this time.

The Foundation is continuing to offer therapeutic help by switching from face-to-face counselling to a phone or a simple to use online webcam or phone camera service until the current emergency is over.

From Monday 23rd March all counselling sessions will be online or over the phone.

Many of our counsellors are already using this as an option to reach harder to see clients and so we will be utilising our already in-house expertise.

As soon as the COVID-19 pandemic is over and it is judged safe to do so, we will re-open our face to face counselling service.

Counselling and counselling training in Bedford

Contact us:

Call us on 01234 346077
Email: bedford@counsellingfoundation.org
Or please use the form below to get in touch.

Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB)
2nd Floor
7A St Pauls Square
Bedford  MK40 1SQ

Opening hours for counselling:

All counselling is by appointment only.

Bedford Centre:

Long-term and time-limited counselling

Our Bedford centre provides counsellor training alongside our fee-paying counselling service to people in north and mid Bedfordshire including Kempston, Ampthill, Biggleswade and Sandy as well as other surrounding towns and local areas.

We seek to make both long term and time-limited counselling available and affordable by offering a choice of services within a fee structure that enables us to provide a sustainable counselling service to everyone within our community.

All of our counsellors within the Luton Centre are professionally trained and their work is supported by qualified, accredited clinical supervisors. To access our services in Bedford you must be 18 years +.

Please contact the centre directly bedford@counsellingfoundation.org for more details about our counselling service or contact our Training team (training@counsellingfoundation.org) for information about our courses.

Bedfordshire short-term NHS funded counselling 

The Counselling Foundation works in partnership with the East London Foundation Trust (ELFT) and the Bedford Wellbeing Service (BWS) to provide counselling for patients registered with a North or Central Bedfordshire-based GP.   All referrals are assessed initially by the BWS to ascertain what will be the most suitable service to support you.

You can speak to your GP to arrange a referral or apply online directly through the BWS website   https://bedfordshirewellbeingservice.nhs.uk/get-started/

Once we receive a referral from the BWS, an appointment can be arranged for you to attend counselling at our Luton or Bedford Centres, or at one of our other alternative sites spread out throughout the wider Beds area.  Eg.Bedford, Newport Pagnall, Milton Keynes, Luton, Dunstable, Ampthill, Biggleswade, Shefford, Letchworth.  Whilst we cannot guarantee a specific day and time in a preferred venue, we will do our best to accommodate a patient’s preferences where possible.

Finding Us:

The Bedford Centre is located on the 2nd floor of the CAB building in St Paul’s Square and has lift access.

There is no parking at the centre, but surrounding streets offer controlled zone parking.

The nearest on road parking is available along The Embankment, which runs behind the Citizens Advice Bureau and beside the river. The postcode for the Embankment is MK40 3PE. Prices for on road parking are:

This redbrick building with the car in front of it is the Court and is next to the Citizens Advice Bureau. There are two disabled parking bays here, however, they are for use by the  general  public so cannot be guaranteed to be available.

Situated in the town centre, the Citizens Advice Bureau is a turning off The Broadway (A6) almost opposite Club Crystal and a temporary car park, on the corner is Pharmacy OM. Note the Broadway is one way in a southerly direction from Tavistock Street.


Nearest bus stop:

The nearest bus stops are on St Pauls Square.

P1  buses –  1 / 24 / 53 / 68 / C1 / C10 / C11

P3 buses –  2 / 3 / 9 / W1 / W2


Train: Bedford is well served by Bedford Main Line from St Pancras. There is also a station at Bedford St Johns from Bletchley.