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

Regional & National (Training)

We have delivered training in partnership to our own staff and other providers of services to BME communities and Refugees and Asylum Seekers. The training is listed below:

  • Training for Low Intensity and High Intensity, Children and Young People Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) workers in interpreters and working across languages,      delivered by Mothertongue in Reading, Southampton, Farnborough, Oxford and High Wycombe, Northampton, London 2009 and ongoing

  • Race and Diversity Module, Oxford Doctoral Clinical Psychology Training, delivered annually by Mothertongue with Dr Rashmi Shankar
  • Training delivered by Mothertongue to CMHT, CAMHS, Crisis Teams and psychiatrists in East and West Berkshire on working with interpreters in a mental health context, April 2011 and ongoing

  • West and East Berkshire IAPT. culturally sensitive clinical practice supervision, 2010 ongoing

We have also delivered the following training over the year:

  • Training for therapists working with interpreters and culturally sensitive clinical interventions, Richard House and St Joseph's Children's Hospice, February 2013

  • Berkshire Family Mediation, working with interpreters, February 2013

  • Queen Mary College, University of London, panel member Multilingual Capital: A Resource for London Communities, March 2013
  • ACAT conference – therapy across languages, March 2013

  • Joint delivery of training with Equality Services to Community Language Assistants
    for newly arrived children, April 2013
  • Effective commissioning of  interpreting services for health care with the Race Equality Foundation, 2014

  • BABCP Conference July 23rd clinicians and interpreters working effectively together, 2014

  • Series of trainings on working with interpreters for Medical Justice, 2014 ongoing

  • Training in therapy and  multilingualism, Complex Needs Therapists, Winterbourne House July 9th 2014 and Counselling All Nations, Belfast, July 5th 2014

  • Training to Westminster and Chelsea Safeguarding teams on working effectively with an interpreter – various 2014 and 2015

  • Training seminar on culture and language for Thinking Space, Tavistock and Portland Clinic, 12th February 2015

  • Appointment of Beverley Costa as Honorary Research Fellow, Department of Applied Linguistics, Birkbeck, University of London, 2014

If you would like a representative from Mothertongue to speak at a conference or seminar you are organising, please contact Beverley on 0118 957 6393 or email