***Service Update*** Waiting List for the Brief Counselling Service in Ryedale is now closed

The waiting list for the brief counselling service in Ryedale is now closed due to excess demand. We are working through existing clients who are still waiting and will re-open the list as soon as we can. We apologise for any inconvenience but the waiting time for assessment and counselling, in particular, is now too long. We are still able to offer counselling for victims of crime see here for more information and Options, our chargeable counselling service for adults and children is also available.

Brief Counselling Service in Scarborough, Filey and Whitby is now CLOSED

We have, unfortunately, had to close the brief (6 sessions) counselling service in Scarborough, Filey and Whitby due to a lack of funding. We are working hard to secure new funding and hope to resume as soon as we can - please check here and our social media for updates.  

Limited Return to Face-to-Face Counselling

Due to the pandemic, we are currently operating mainly as a remote service (i.e. telephone and online counselling/therapy).  Face-to-face sessions are being held on a limited basis.  Please see our Covid-19 Action Plan for more information.  

Please see our Blog page for advice on looking after your mental health during the crisis.

If you would like to access telephone or online counselling please complete our online referral form and we will be in touch.


Community Counselling is an independent charity (no. 1151230).  Click here to see our charitable objectives.  We provide a range of counselling services to people living in Ryedale and Scarborough Borough Districts, North Yorkshire, including services accredited by our professional body, the BACP

We offer a number of different types of counselling and psychotherapy, including Person-Centred Counselling, Relational and Psychotherpeutic approaches, Psychodynamic, Gestalt and Humanistic-Integrative (incorporating Solution-Focused, CBT, Transactional Analysis and creative techniques as appropriate) as well as Couples Counselling.  We also offer trauma recovery work, where appropriate, including EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing). 

Most of our services are free to use thanks to the support of our funders and commissioners.  Our counsellors work within the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions and are members of the BACP or the UKCP.  

  • Counselling is typically short-term i.e. an initial assessment appointment followed by six counselling sessions
  • Clients of our Victim Counselling Service, which is commissioned by the Police and Crime Commissioner North Yorkshire, receive 10 counselling sessions plus the initial assessment
  • We also offer a chargeable counselling service, 'Options' which offers clients greater choice, compared to our free-to-access services
  • Sessions are normally held at the same time each week and last between 50 and 60 minutes

We provide equality of services to everyone, regardless of disability, gender, gender identity, race, religion or belief or sexual orientation.  For more information go to the About Us page

Our office is open for telephone enquiries between 13:00 and 16:00, Monday to Thursday.  Messages can be left at any time on the confidential voicemail service. Please note, however, that we may keep a record of information left on the service and that we comply with the terms of the General Data Protection Regulation made on 27 April 2016 when maintaining a record of such information. Please click here to read our Privacy Notice.