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

Consultation & Presentations

Mothertongue has worked with a number of organisations in Reading, regionally and nationally, to deliver courses on culturally sensitive counselling, stress management and training for volunteers and staff.

  • Formation of Bilingual Therapist and Interpreter Forum, initial meeting, London, May 2010. Subsequent meetings November and May annually
  • Paper delivered titled 'Interpreting in a Mental Health context via Skype' at the 4th International Conference on Public Service Interpreting and Translation, Universidad de Alcala, Madrid, Spain, May 2011
  • Working with interpreters - a paper delivered to: East of England Local Government Association, the Culture of Care - Culture, Ethnicity and Healthcare, November 2012
  • Working with interpreters - a paper delivered to: Health Protection Agency Migrant health training day for primary care, November 2012
  • Interpreting in Mental Health - a paper delivered to London Metropolitan University course in Interpreting Studies, April 2013
  • Research day with Professor Stephen Briggs (UEL) for our selected multilingual psychology undergraduates from QMC, who interviewed IAPT patients who have used MT interpreting services as part of a research project into MH SUEs' experiences of having an interpreter, April 2013
  • Delivered research papers to Nafsiyat Conference April 2013, and to BACP Research Conference May 2013, and UKCP Research Conference June 2013
  • Consultation with IAPT East and West therapists on working therapeutically in a language in which you have NOT been trained, April 2013
  • Paper on Bilingualism and psychotherapy and workshop on working with interpreters for the Confer Conference, June 2013
  • Training to Westminster and Chelsea Safeguarding teams on working effectively with an interpreter July 25th  and October 15th 2014

  • Training to Medical Justice workers  August 14th  2014 on working with interpreters

  • Training with Race Equality Foundation on DOH funded - effective commissioning of interpreting services during 2014

  • Training Therapy across languages IAPT Northampton September 17th 2014

  • Paper on supervision for interpreters working in the area of gender violence at I Congreso Internacional SOS-VICS, Vigo, 25 y 26 September  2014

  • Co- hosted with Victoria Climbie Foundation debate on multilingual children in care, October 14th 2014, Houses of Parliament

  • Attended  a  Round Table on  ethical codes of practice for Field Interpreting  at the International Criminal Court, The Hague, Holland  - 18th & 19th September, 2014

  • Paper on Psychotherapy across languages delivered to 2nd International Symposium on New Speakers in a Multilingual Europe: Opportunities And Challenges November 20 – 22, 2014

If you would like a representative from Mothertongue to speak at a conference or seminar you are organising please contact Beverley on 01189 576393 or email