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

Board of Trustees

Tejal Ladwa
Tejal is a Hi-Intensity therapist with the local IAPT service with the lead on BME needs.

Jocelyn Adlington
Jocelyn has been a volunteer for Mothertongue since 2006, mainly helping at the allotment. She works at the University of Reading as a Pensions Assistant.

Edward Rennie
Edward is the PWP Project Lead for Talking Therapies in West Berkshire and is a BME lead for the service. He has an interest in ensuring psychological support services are accessible and sensitive to the needs of diverse communities. Edward is also the Treasurer for Mothertongue.

Sumaya Bakhsh

Sumaya is a journalist with the BBC. She volunteered for Mothertongue and facilitated the Young Interpreter workshops we ran at loacl Reading schools

It was agreed at a Management Committee in September 2011 that Mothertongue would operate a rotational Chair, in that each of the trustees would act as Chair for a 6 month period. This was unanimously agreed by the trustees.

Members of Staff

Beverley Costa (Chief Executive Officer)

Beverley Costa is the CEO and founder of Mothertongue and has a significant impact on the organisation as a whole. She has been the inspiration and is the embodiment of what Mothertongue is and has delivered. Mothertongue has striven to provide a service of excellence to its clients, and at every turn it has been the needs of the client that are put first and foremost. This ethos has been instilled and absorbed by everyone who has either volunteered or been employed by Mothertongue. It is simply what we do and that has permeated from Beverley. Her leadership principles have encouraged excellent performance and the desire to go 'the extra mile' to ensure a positive solution.

Kim Armstrong (Operations Manager)
Dr Ila Patel (Freelance Counsellor BACP Accred)
Ana Gaboleiro (Freelance Counsellor UKCP Reg)
Satwant Rayit (Freelance Counsellor BACP Accred)