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About Us

Beacon Counselling Trust (BCT) is a North West wide counselling charity (1140011), which employs fully qualified counsellors who have extensive experience working comprehensively in the area of mild to moderate mental health issues and was awarded charitable status in 2010.

BCT works in a strictly confidential manner and adheres to strict professional guidelines that include a Code of Ethics as set out by the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapy (BACP). All our therapists hold enhanced DBS certificates.

What we offer

Our services

Free treatment and support to those affected by problematic gambling

One of our core services is to offer free treatment and support to those affected by problematic gambling, including partners, family members and friends. Our main office and training facility is based in Liverpool. However, we also provide this service from 17 satellite bases across the Region. Areas that we cover include; Liverpool, Manchester, Wirral, Blackpool, Wigan, Leigh, Preston, Tameside and Cumbria. 

Paul’s Place specialist suicide bereavement programme

We provide the Paul’s Place specialist suicide bereavement programme. The largest of its kind in the UK, offering much needed and immediate support to those bereaved by the catastrophic issue of suicide. This is a special, unique and essential service, available to service users in the Merseyside area.

Free educational workshops

At Beacon we offer free educational workshops to any organisations that work with young people aged 11 - 19 years. This includes schools and youth organisations within the statutory and voluntary sectors as well as free bespoke CPD accredited training. To professionals who engage young people from a range of disciplines, with an emphasis on safeguarding children and young people. 

Where we are heading

Our purpose

We aim to make life better for individuals and families who access our services because we believe passionately that people can change their behaviour and their lives through professionally delivered structured support and experience and embrace a different way of living even after the most catastrophic of life changing events.

what we plan to do

Our objectives

To work with people from all backgrounds and ages to deal with their individual mental health problems

To offer support through face to face, telephone, group work and therapeutic intervention

To offer an individually tailored approach to dealing with an individual’s mental health issues

What drives us

Our values

We are...




Responsive to people’s needs


How we see the future

Our vision

We are a vibrant organisation and by 2023 we aim to be working with 30% more beneficiaries; financially robust with income from a diverse range of sources; increasingly collaborate with like-minded partners; be recognised nationally for excellence and continue to be an employer of choice. As an organisation we will strive to innovate in all areas of service delivery and we will expand our client base geographically.

Frank Doran MBE
Chair of Trustees