Arun Counselling Centre is a registered charity and was established in 1983 and is now accredited by The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

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ACC is a registered Charity and is accredited by the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy; it complies with the BACP Ethical Framework for  the Counselling Professions (2018):

ACC offers a confidential counselling service and adheres to an Equal Opportunities policy responding to applicants regardless of gender, disability, ethnicity, sexuality or belief.

ACC currently has 28 counsellors working in an open-ended way (see the latest news from the Head of Service), receiving regular supervision in seven groups. All counsellors are qualified or are in the later stages of their training; all supervisors are professionally qualified.

ACC offers individual counselling to any adult, aged 18 and above, who is assessed to benefit from the process and each client is asked to make a contribution which is calculated upon income.

The office is open to enquiries Monday to Friday 10am to 12 noon - but it is always possible to leave a message outside of these times.

The counselling takes place at Dove Lodge in the centre of Littlehampton. The regular weekly sessions are held by mutual arrangement between the client and counsellor - this will usually be 9am - 5pm during the day, but we are also able to offer some evening (5pm - 8pm) and Saturday morning appointments. Counselling is open-ended. Its duration is reviewed in discussion with your therapist during the work. The initial contract is for up to 18 sessions, which may be extended to up to a year if all parties agree it is worthwhile.

Note:  update 10/2/2018  

ACC has received good feedback from its clients - with its emphasis on sound, supervised practice. All clients attend for an initial assessment session and are allocated to an appropriate counsellor as soon as availability permits - sometimes there is a waiting list and so it is recommended that applicants offer as wide an availability as possible.  

* ACC frequently needs to recruit suitable volunteers who can staff our very busy office for two hours or more per week to respond to calls to our service - which operates from 10.00.a.m. to midday on weekdays. 

We are very pleased to interview qualified counsellors who are able to volunteer three hours each week (and receive free professional supervision, modest expenses, insurance cover, and subsidised cpd workshops) - they may be pursuing accreditation.

A small number of our counsellors are in the process of achieving their Diploma qualification. Individuals in training may apply at any time for short-listing for interviews - these occur intermittently as the need arises; criteria include having completed the first year of diploma training, attending a qualified training course, previous experience, personal therapy, living near to Littlehampton, able to commit to a minimum of three years, and meet monthly costs of £25.

Please contact us if you would like more information.



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WE ARE OPEN and offering affordable counselling to adults living in the Arun District.

Counselling can be arranged face-to-face or by phone or via video (Zoom) for those who cannot or prefer not to come into Dove Lodge.

Please leave a message with your phone number on: 

        01903 714417 

or email:

and we will get back to you as soon as we can.


The next AGM is on 3 October 2020 at 10am.

Please email the office by 30 September if you wish to attend.