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Counselling Services - Overview

The emotional health and well being of our clergy, their families and our church members is part of our concern as Christians working together within the family of God.


‘The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.’  Psalm 34:18

We respect the value and dignity of each person within the church and seek to reach out, nurture and support all who are part of the Body of Christ.  Chester Diocese offers a number of services which include: therapeutic counselling, consultative support for clergy and licensed workers, mediation and training through the IME/CME training programmes for clergy and pastoral workers.


Diocesan counselling service:
Provides a quality service of support and help for those suffering from mental distress and supports pastorally, those engaged within the ministry of the church.

Mental Health:
Working to reduce the stigma of mental illness and to encourage a greater understanding of mental health problems within our diocese.

Mediation Service:
Mediation provides an independent structure and forum to bring disputing individuals together to: tell their own story and listen to others, identify issues, start to problem solve together, form healthy working relationships and find healing.

Clergy Peer Group:
A facilitated forum, where clergy of Chester Diocese can reflect upon life and ministry within a supportive and confidential environment.




For more information contact Jane Knight, Head of Counselling Services.
Tel: 01270 652034 / 07918 732806 (These are dedicated, confidential numbers)

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