Why are our services needed?
Ministry can bring its own stresses and ministers are not exempt
from the other problems of everyday life arising from family and personal
circumstances. It is not always appropriate to seek support from a colleague or
senior person in the denomination or the organisation, so CMCS was established
to provide confidential independent help
Who is it for?
We provide individual and tailored services to each of our
affiliated bodies. To find out more about the services appropriate to you and
your organisation, go to the ‘Eligibility’ page
What is provided?
The counselling provided is non-directive, that is it offers a
listening ear and special skills that enable the person being counselled
("the client") to reach a deeper understanding of the situation they
need to talk about, so that they can make their own decisions about living more effectively.
CMCS cannot offer long-term therapy, and normally counselling is
concluded within a maximum of twelve sessions, usually of one hour per week.
Only in exceptional circumstances can counselling be extended beyond twelve
How can I access the Service?
In order to ensure confidentiality, Area Co-ordinators (ACs)
have been appointed to be the first point of contact for anyone wanting to use
None of them have any role in the national life of any
participating denomination. A phone call to the AC is all that is needed, and
he or she will then look for a suitable counsellor reasonably close to you.
After checking that the counsellor can take a new client, the AC will give you
their phone number and a reference number by which to identify yourself to them.
You then make contact with the counsellor to arrange a first appointment.
the phone numbers and email addresses of all the
Area Co-ordinators, go to the 'Contact Us' page or click here
What will it cost?
Counsellors use their skills to earn their living, so have
professional fees. Often these are beyond the means of ministers, so each
denomination or organisation has agreed to make up the difference between what
the client can contribute and the full fee. You would be asked, then, at the
first session to say what you can contribute (though some denominations have
specified a standard or a minimum contribution) - your denomination or
organisation will then be billed for the balance, without knowing your
Can I trust the Service?
YES! You can trust the quality because the scheme only refers clients to counsellors whose
qualifications and experience are comparable to the Accreditation requirements of the British Association for
Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) or the membership requirements for the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). You can trust the confidentiality, because only the Counsellor and the AC will ever know who is
For more information see the FAQ page