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The Listening Post C.I.C

Community Counselling Service


The Listening Post C.I.C

The Listening Post C.I.C ( Community Interest Company)is a not for profit business.

We exist to improve the mental health and emotional well being of the local community living within the Basildon District, through the provision of accessible and appropriate counselling.

Our goals are simple we want to offer a counselling services to the local community that is accessible to all individuals. We at The Listening Post, understand that everyone is completely unique and will be treated as so.

We believe in enabling people the opportunity to understand, develop and grow, regardless of age, gender, sexuality, or circumstance.

We are 100% committed to the provision of one to one personal counselling to the local Essex community. To empower people to grow and develop their own mental health and well-being.

We offer a safe space for this change to happen, showing each individual unconditional positive regard.

By providing a safe space, people are able to discuss. look at and explore their emotions.

Why Counselling is needed:

Everybody needs to talk and more importantly to be heard, truly heard without fear of being judged.

Many different reasons can bring somebody to counselling and every reason is valid.

Mental & Emotional well being

1 in 4 people suffer from a mental health issue, these can be triggered at any stage.

The most common are Anxiety and depression, but stress, bereavement and traumatic events can also affect a person’s mental & emotional well being as well as many others.

Mental & Emotional well being can greatly affect a person day to day life in all aspects, e.g. work productivity, physical health, relationships and the wider community and economy.


Society is constantly changing, growing and developing at an ever increasing rate, with pressure to fit into the “accepted norm” .

This can create conflict, as we are either striving to gain more or feel lost and left behind when we cannot keep up. It can feel even worse, if we do not feel accepted by others .

The society we live in affects every part of our lives, some are more visual than others, e.g. job, salary, education, residence and material items.

Others are less visual e.g. religion, ethnic back ground, sexuality, and gender.


Your background can affect you both positively and negatively.

Looking at why and how you react to situations,  can enable you to challenging those behaviours and repeating patterns that are creating conflict in any aspect of your life.

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We offer a variety of services! If you don't see what you need below please contact us!

Initial Assessments

Your first meeting with us, involves us discussing what has brought you to see us. Looking at what counselling is, and what you would like to achieve from counselling. 

This also gives you an opportunity to see if you would like to work with us.  

One to One Counselling

We offer sessions on a one to one basis.

Each session lasts for 50 minutes.  The sessions are usually held on a weekly basis.

Fee's per appointment

Initial Assessment = £10

One to One Counselling = our sessions are income related, sessions range from £15 to £40

Counselling Student, personal therapy = £30

Funded Sessions = These are sessions that we have been given funding to provide free sessions. We will always check with each client to see if they fit into the criteria for funded sessions during the initial meeting

We understand everyone has a busy life but please try to aim for 24hr notice to cancel an appointment. Less than 24hr notice, will require the appointment to still be paid for in advance of booking any future appointments.

Workshops & CPD

We regularly run workshops on mental health issues. 

These are suitable for everyone from gaining a better understanding of your own mental health, to caring for someone, working within the Mental health field or have a general interest in Mental health. 

These are from £25 and run from 9:30 to 2:30pm, they include refreshments, handouts and attendance certificates.

For more information or to purchase tickets find us on www.eventbrite.co.uk 


We take referrals from every area.
  • Local Organisations
  • Local services
  • G.P's
  • Self referrals
Please feel free to contact us to discuss arranging booking or referring for counselling.