Counselling Service

Counselling Service for clergy, ordinands and their families in Canterbury Diocese

Janet Bates is Diocesan Consultant in Pastoral Care and Counselling (for clergy and their families). She leads a team of trained counsellors, experienced in working with people in Christian ministry. They have insight into the particular pressures faced by clergy and their families and can offer help in a wide range of difficulties. (Clergy family members eligible to use the service are partners and dependent children)


The service offered is independent support, outside of and completely removed from Diocesan structures. Confidentiality is of paramount importance.

The Counselling Team

All the counsellors abide by the B.A.C.P. (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) Ethical Framework for Good Practice and are receiving regular independent supervision for their client work.

The team of counsellors are located across the diocese.

Janet Bates, 07872 986505,


Richard Farrant, 07554 024776

Who is this service for?

This service if for clergy, ordinands and their families in Canterbury Diocese.

What is Counselling?

The primary task of the Diocesan Counselling Service is to enable people to become more effective in their lives. Counselling can be valuable if you are feeling that your professional or personal life, has become out of balance in some way.

Examples of issues brought to Counselling include:

  • the demands of parish life
  • difficulties in managing change
  • conflicts in working or personal relationships
  • bereavement
  • stress or burn out
  • low self esteem or self confidence
  • unresolved issues in your life
  • anxiety or depression
  • sexual or relationship difficulties
  • a recent crisis

In fact, anything that is affecting your work or private life. It can really help to talk things through with a counsellor.

How much will it cost?

The Diocese gives assistance with the financing of counselling sessions. Your counsellor will discuss this further with you during your first counselling session. Alternatively, more details are available from Janet Bates.

First Session

In a first session with a counsellor, a ‘contract’ is agreed between counsellor and client concerning such details as length of sessions, boundaries, the therapeutic relationship, availability of the counsellor and the confidentiality you will be offered. First session information sheet.

The Next Step

If you would like to make use of this counselling service or have any further questions you would like answered, please contact: Janet Bates on 07872 986505, or Richard Farrant on  07554 024776.

Lay staff employed by the Diocese are eligible to access the service via the Diocesan Secretary and Lay Readers via the Warden of Readers.