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

The Cycle of Attachment

Our clients often experience their patterns of attachment more profoundly with a group (for example, the family, extended family or community) than with an individual.

Clients at Mothertongue may feel a strong sense of attachment to their individual counsellor or group but we have found that their attachment to Mothertongue as an organisation is also of great importance to them.

Clients frequently return to the service as volunteers. There are a number of ways in which volunteers offer their services, from fundraising to supporting and providing advocacy for clients.

For many of the clients who choose to come back and volunteer with us, this can represent part of the creative cycle of healing and the wish to be of use to others. This, in turn, mirrors life in extended families and communities, where people move in and out of roles of dependency and leadership during different stages of their life cycle.

They thus maintain their connection with Mothertongue but in a more empowered role.

People tell us they feel understood from the heart at Mothertongue and that from the opportunities to contribute that we provide, they have a greater sense of belonging and of being valued by the wider community