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

Mothertongue Regional and National Dissemination Project

Over the past ten years Mothertongue has been developing its culturally sensitive model of counselling in Reading and the surrounding areas.

Mothertongue is unusual in that it has always sought to work with people across a broad range of black and minority ethnic (BME) communities rather than focusing on a single ethnic group.

It does this, for example, by using a culturally sensitive client-centred approach to counselling, and by recognising the effect of the stress of acculturation faced by members of the BME community.

Mothertongue works to reduce barriers to accessing counselling and to reduce stigma associated with mental health by using a community development approach. The organisation has lobbied for and engaged in discussion to affect real change at a local and increasingly national level on service provision to BME communities.

Mothertongue is committed to the dissemination of its learning in the field of culturally sensitive counselling.

Mothertongue's regional and national dissemination project is conducted via partnership work, publications, consultations and presentations.

NICE Shared learning outcomes - model of mental health interpreting service