About Us

What do we do?

The aim of Kernos is to offer counselling to anyone who needs it, whenever they need it, for as long as they need it, regardless of circumstance.

The Kernos Centre – a Registered Charity – is a non-profit making, equal opportunities organisation that provides:

  • Individual counselling for adults, children and young people
  • Couples counselling
  • Therapeutic support groups
  • Skills training
  • Professional supervision & training

What are our qualifications?

All Kernos counsellors and therapists are fully qualified – adhering to the code of ethics and practice of one or more registering bodies. We are an organisational member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, bound by its ethical framework and codes of practice.

What services do we offer?


Counselling can be made available to you either:

  • by a referral from your GP, psychiatrist, healthcare worker or an agency
  • at your own request.

After an initial assessment, one of our experienced professional counsellors  with specialist expertise in a number of therapy disciplines will then undertake regular, confidential, non-judgmental, 50-minute sessions, face-to-face with you in a safe location.

If you have the means to pay, you will be asked to meet the full cost of your sessions.

However, Kernos is committed to offering our professional services to local people who may be disadvantaged either socially or economically. If this is the case, you may either be asked for a part contribution or in certain circumstances, the sessions may be provided free – the costs being met either by specific programme funding, charitable donations, or a combination of these.

Our therapists have expertise in working with a variety of needs, such as:

  • depression
  • anxiety
  • childhood trauma and abuse
  • eating disorders
  • self-harming
  • relationship difficulties
  • anger
  • bereavement
  • stress
  • low self esteem
  • bullying
  • domestic violence
  • problems at school or work
  • struggling to function

but whatever difficulties you are having, our therapists have the experience to enable them to help.

Other Services

  • Workshops (according to demand) on topics such as:
    • assertiveness
    • anxiety management
  • Clinical supervision for health care professionals, either:
    • self or agency funded
    • individual or group sessions.
  • Workshops/seminars for Professional Development training, provided by:
    • visiting professionals
    • members of our own clinical team

How are we funded?

The Kernos Centre is a Registered Charity (No. 1097354), funded entirely by: voluntary donations; client contributions; grants from local Parish Councils, Suffolk County Council, Babergh District Council and the Suffolk Community Foundation; and other specific programme awards.

Would you like to help fund us?

There are several ways that you can make a donation to help us continue our work, either directly or through everyday purchases. This page shows the ways you can help.

Would you like to work for us?

As a charity, Kernos welcomes all offers of voluntary assistance to help run the Centre. If you have business, administration, accounting or fund raising skills – and would be prepared to donate some of your time to a very worthwhile cause – please contact us.