Inter-Diocesan Counselling Service

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The Inter-Diocesan Counselling Service is a voluntary service offering professional counselling to clergy, Church Army officers, ordinands and their families in the five north-western dioceses of the Church of England.

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The service was set up in 1985, at the request of the bishops of Blackburn, Carlisle, Chester, Liverpool and Manchester, to provide a professional counselling service that is both free and independent of diocesan structures.

All the counsellors are professionally qualified and supervised and the service is completely confidential, except in exceptional circumstances, where there is risk of serious harm to you or others.

The counsellors usually work from their own homes, so the setting is friendly and informal.

We are not just a crisis service. You may simply want somewhere to come and talk things over. We are here to help. If we cannot provide the help you need we will work with you to find someone who can.


To find out more, visit the Inter-Diocesan Counselling Service website.