Opportunity to join the Counselling Together team as Service Manager

We have a vacancy for a Part-Time Service Manager to help manage the overall delivery of the charity in partnership with the Counselling Managers. The role is voluntary and reports to the Trustees. The role requires a minimum time commitment of 5 hours per week.

For more information contact Elaine Arthur, Counselling Manager at counsellingtogether@gmail.com

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CT Fundraising – 6 Legs, 4 Wheels, 2 Bikes

Please support volunteers from Counselling Together, Don and Ros Bargh and Tony Stennett, as they ride in the New Forest Grid Iron on the 8th October 2017. They are riding to help Counselling Together(CT) raise necessary funds to ensure the charity will be able to continue to operate in 2018.

Fundraising page on BT MyDonate

CT Grid Iron Image


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Happiness Course – New Milton 11th March

We just wanted to update you that there are still some places available on the Happiness Course on Saturday the 11th March at New Life Christian Centre.

The final date to book onto the course will be Monday the 6th March. 

For more information or to book contact Elaine by email to  counsellingtogether@gmail.com  or phone  07948 388266.

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Happiness Course Returns for 2017 – Saturday 11th March, New Milton


Aim – Would you like to explore how to improve physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing? happiness-logo-graphic

VenueNew Life Christian Centre, 34 Gore Road, New Milton BH25 6RZ
From 9.30am-4.30pm on Saturday 11th March 2017. Cost is £30 per person which includes a personal workbook to take away. Places are limited to 20.

Who – led by Counsellor and Wellbeing Trainer Elaine Arthur, the Happiness Course has an informal and supportive approach.

For more information or to book contact Elaine by email to  counsellingtogether@gmail.com  or phone  07948 388266.

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New CT Management Team

As a result of Chris’ retirement Sue Ingram and Elaine Arthur have been appointed as Counselling Managers for the service.  Sue and Elaine have both been Counsellors and Management Team members with Counselling Together in recent years and bring considerable and varied experience to their new role.  They join Tony Stennett, Service Manager, to form the new management team and will be working closely with Churches, the Trustees, Council of Reference and the Counselling Team to continue to maintain and grow the service.

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Chris Bray retires after 20 years of Counselling

chris-with-presentMonday 14th November saw many friends and supporters of Counselling Together gather to celebrate how Chris Bray had been led by God to set up a Church based Christian Counselling Service for the New Forest and surrounding area.   Over 20 years later the charity has been running for 12 years, now offering 1,000 counselling sessions a year with 70 clients being counselled during this year.

On the occasion of his retirement Chris reflected that “Counselling Together seems to be unique nationally. It is a God given way of running a Christian Counselling service, in a rural setting, combining help for those suffering from emotional problems with the opportunity for local churches to work in unity and to own the service through trusteeship and financial support.  We now need even more churches to catch the vision and to get behind the new management team, to ensure Counselling Together’s survival and indeed to grow this very valuable resource”.

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The Pastoral Counselling Crossroads


This course has been designed to support pastoral staff in understanding the times that counselling might be more appropriate when supporting people with long term or deep emotional needs. A set of tools and guidelines are included to help pastoral staff determine the best approach to take in advising individuals. Also a joint approach of pastoral and counselling is suggested with confidentiality boundaries indicated.

When: Saturday 5th November, 9.45am – 1pm

Where: Lymington Baptist Church, New Street, Lymington, SO41 9BJ

Course Contribution: £5

Presenters: Dr Don Bargh, Ginny Balchin, Hazel Hickson, Chris Bray (Ct Founder)

How to Book? Please contact counsellingtogether@gmail.com or phone 07983 320450


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Day 7 – Two Final Thoughts

We close our Week of Prayer for Counselling Together with two final thoughts. We would like to thank the leaders of the Churches that have led our Prayer Time this week for all their support in so many ways. We would also like to thank you for joining us in this time of prayer and our prayer for you is that you have been and will be richly blessed as you step out each day in the service of our Lord and Saviour.

No need to be lonely

Matthew 28:19-20: 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” – NIV

How well Jesus knows our every need, even as he leaves the earth to return to the Father one of the last things he tells his disciples (and us) is that he will always be with us by His Holy Spirit.  He knows the human spirit, that need to be reassured and in relationship with God and our fellow human beings.  Because he is with us we can call upon him at any time and trust him completely, what a reassurance.

Please Pray –

  • for those clients that feel lost, lonely or even desperate, that they will grow in the knowledge that God loves and cares for them and that he is always there for them in every situation they face.
  • that the counsellors will have God’s insight to the needs of their clients and be able to lead them into all truth that they are special and able to walk in strength with hope.

John Fowler – New Life Church, New Milton

The Source of Encouragement

May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.  2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

Living in a society characterised by discouragement and loss of hope, these words point to the unchanging source of encouragement and hope that we can take for ourselves and, in turn, can share with those we meet and deal with in our lives. They have a special application to all engaged in a counselling ministry, who have to deal positively with so many negatives in their clients.

Please Pray –

  • for the Trustees in this period of change, that they may have a clear sense of the direction the work should take.
  • for growth in support from individuals and churches, which will bring encouragement and expansion.
  • for Chris Bray, that he may be encouraged himself as he sees new developments taking place in the work he has nurtured.

Jim Harris – Poulner Baptist Chapel

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Day 6 – Christ Powerfully Works in Us

He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in Christ. To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.   Colossians 1:28-29

Christian counselling is holistic in that it links and addresses matters of body, mind and spirit, based on God’s word channeled through the understanding and experience of the counsellor. It requires a high degree of spiritual and natural energy that only Christ can supply through the Holy Spirit.

Please Pray –

  • for the Counselling Team as they engage in this demanding ministry, that they will maintain their own walk with God, be given insight and wisdom when dealing with clients, and that the problems they encounter in others will not erode their own faith or emotional lives.
  • that the Holy Spirit will renew their mental and physical energies as they spend themselves for the blessing of others.

Jim Harris – Poulner Baptist Chapel

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Day 5 -Ploughing and Reaping

Listen and hear my voice; pay attention and hear what I say. 24 When a farmer ploughs for planting, does he plough continually? Does he keep on breaking up and working the soil?
25 When he has levelled the surface, does he not sow caraway and scatter cummin?
Does he not plant wheat in its place,
[c]barley in its plot,[dand spelt in its field?
26 His God instructs him and teaches him the right way. 29 All this also comes from the Lord Almighty, whose plan is wonderful, whose wisdom is magnificent.  Isaiah 28:23-26, 29

I’ve often thought that the hugely important role of counsellor is a little bit like being a farmer.  These verses of Scripture contain at least three crucial verbs which ought to be the watch words of any skilled counsellor: ‘listen’, ‘hear’ & ‘pay attention’.  Isaiah is reminding his hearers of God’s real intent in ploughing – fruit!  God, like a counsellor with a client, isn’t just digging for digging’s sake!  Not at all!  He digs so that he can plant, so that he can grow, so that he can reap.  It’s all about the fruit at the end, not the digging at the beginning – digging tough is crucial if there is going to be fruit.  In the short term, this can be painful, but in the long term, always profitable.  As verse 29 says, God’s desire through all the digging, growing and harvesting is that we will experience his wonderful plans and magnificent wisdom.

Prayer Points –

  • that CT would becomes even more effective in listening, hearing and paying attention both to clients and to the will of God for their ministry.
  • that as Counsellors engage in the ‘digging process’ that there will be great fruit.
  • that CT and their clients would know the reality of God’s wonderful plan and magnificent wisdom

Chris Brockway – Christchurch Baptist Church

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