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

Tue 19 Apr, 2016

Mothertongue Press Release

Information Regarding the Future of Mothertongue Multi-Ethnic Counselling Service

We wish to communicate with all our referrers, beneficiaries, friends and supporters that Mothertongue multi-ethnic counselling service has decided to complete its work in 2018.
We are communicating about this now so that people have 2 years to digest the information and to make any preparations necessary.
With two years' notice we hope that you will appreciate that this is a considered decision and not a reaction to circumstances. A need for services will never end but we feel that we have amassed enough evidence, gathered and documented enough knowledge, from the 3,000 clients we have supported, for others to develop the work.
We aim, by the time Mothertongue ends, to have been able to integrate much of this knowledge into the local NHS Improving Access to Psychological Therapies service. We believe it is important for the mainstream, statutory services to provide an appropriate and adequate service to people from black and minority ethnic communities. This has always been our aim and we feel that now is the time to put this plan of integration into action.
By March 31st 2018 when we close, we will have received 18 years of funding, some of which has come from the statutory services, and we are very grateful for this. We have had 4 major grants from the Big Lottery Fund. This has meant that we have been able to maintain our independence to be able to respond to need, to take calculated risks and to innovate service.
There are still two years until we close so please do use us to the maximum. By continuing to refer to us you will also be helping us to build up our evidence and knowledge. We look forward to working with you over the next two years.