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About Us

Abacus Counselling and Support is a registered charity, providing counselling services to any individual aged 13+ and couples, in South Essex. Abacus has been successfully providing support to clients in Southend, since 2007.

The service aims to support clients with a range of presenting issues such as low self-esteem, anxiety, stress, bereavement, relationship issues and family breakup.


The service aims to offer therapy which is effective and accountable, to the community.



Counselling Tailored to Your Needs


Clients pay a sliding scale, based on what they can afford. Minimum cost £10 per session. Please speak to us if you are not able to pay this.



Sessions are face to face in a friendly and comfortable Community Centre, in Shoeburyness. We may be able to offer online or telephone counselling, in certain circumstances.

Covid Aware

All sessions are in a centre that is well ventilated and regularly cleaned.

We are a Registered Charity

Number 1163844


Abacus is governed by a body of trustees. They meet every two months with the Senior Management Team, to discuss and monitor the work completed by the service. Abacus has an annual AGM, which is open to the public.

  • Abacus Counselling and Support is a registered charity, number 1163844.

  • We work to the standards set out by the Charities Commission.

  • We are also registered with the Information Commissioners Office, Registration Reference ZA180670

  • This means Abacus adheres to ICO's guidelines, regarding Information Sharing and Data Protection.

   Click on the PDF icon to read our AGM Annual Reports   

Our Trustees and Management


Our board of trustees volunteer their time to provide advice and guidance on the running of Abacus Counselling. They ensure that all standards are met to provide Southend-on-sea and the wider area with a valuable support service.


  • Lesley Butcher (Chair)

  • Janice Lyons

  • Brenda Lewis 

  • David Bannister

  • Paula Buck

  • Steve Harvey

Project Manager

  • Nick Chard 
    (Treasurer and Secretary)

Operations Manager

  • Norman Livermore


Our Network

Abacus Counselling and Support has excellent links with Statutory Services and other community organisations, in the area.

If Abacus is not able to directly offer support, the service will signpost you to another agency that is able to assist you.

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