Mothertongue multi-ethnic counselling service will be closing in March 2018

We wish to communicate that Mothertongue multi-ethnic counselling service has taken the decision to complete its work in 2018. Over the past 17 years we have supported over 3,000 clients and it is now time for others to develop the work.

Mothertongue multi-ethnic counselling service will cease seeing clients in December 2017. We will not be starting a new course of counselling with any client from September 15th 2017. Any new clients should be referred on to Talking Therapies Berkshire at

In accordance with data protection legislation, we will not be retaining any personal data on anyone who has used our services after we close. Client notes will be retained until February 1st 2018. Should you wish to request copies of your notes before January 31st 2018, please refer to our Data Protection Policy and Confidentiality Policy in the Downloads section and contact our office at 22-24 Cross Street, Reading RG1 1SN.
We are grateful to all those who have supported us with time, work, finances, care and commitment over the years.
Many of our interventions have been small but they have had a big impact on the quality of people's lives.

The learning and the knowledge achieved through the work of Mothertongue will continue to be disseminated by a new NGO called Pasalo CIC

Beverley Costa | CEO and Clinical Director of Mothertongue

What our clients say about Mothertongue:

I could understand the counsellor because she spoke my language
I just want to say thank you for Association Mothertongue because they done everything for me. And if they wasn't here I just think that maybe I'm not going to be here at the moment. They just listen to my story and they never judge me. They support me.
It helped me to look at things that were happening to me in a different way. I know realise what I have to do
I have become more independent and can carry out tasks by myself

What a counsellor says about Mothertongue:

My experience of working at Mothertongue can only be described as a 'spiritual experience'. I have worked with such a vast amount of clients over the past four years, from all over the world. Mothertongue is a very unique organisation which offers counselling in the clients' mother tongue language. It connected me to both my roots here in the UK and in the Punjab [India]. I have given and received a lot from this service. Thank you.

What agencies say about Mothertongue:

This service has attracted ordinary Asian people ... who would not have come to counselling under any other circumstances
Mothertongue Counselling responds quickly (within a week); other counselling appointments were taking too long
Mothertongue Counselling provides a professional service on a 1-1 basis which we are not able to offer
People are able to engage – talk in their first language