37 years and going strong!






  • Hosted city wide workshop Child Sexual Abuse – The Challenge for mental health services?
  • Working with higher number of women than ever before; with more complexity.
  • Income reaches £300,000 for first time in history.
  • 30th Anniversary Event held June 9th – Photos


  • New collaboration with Home Start considering with service users a new service for women / families who have experience of repeat removals of babies / infants into care –funded by Leeds North CCG
  • Therapy Group for women with learning disabilities moves to weekly from monthly, offered for up to four years


  • Supported by Solace starts specialised work with refugees and asylum seekers funded by Comic Relief.
  • Improves accessibility for LBGT women and expands General Service capacity with 3-year grant from Henry Smith Charity.
  • Service expanded to work with over 140 women weekly.



  • Receives Jimbo’s Fund grant for work with women from postcodes LS9, 14 and 15.
  • Gypsy and Traveller Exchange support pilot therapeutic work in communities.
  • Application for registration as a charity with objectives to work with women and girls (and their families) across West Yorkshire.
  • Awards for All grant replaces defunct telephone and IT systems.


  • Leeds City Council Adult Social Care service review finds “clear evidence that WCTS is providing  high quality support to its client group… and is highly regarded by clients an stakeholders alike.”


  • ‘Listen to me’ project end with event: Listening to Women City–Wide Developing a Culturally Sensitive Counselling Service.


  • Pace setters grant secured to support two BME trainee counsellors.


  • CAMHS and Leeds City Council Therapeutic Social Wok Team collaborate with WCTS on 12 month ‘Mother’s with children in mind’ project.


  • Offers monthly  group therapy to women with learning disabilities.
  • Volunteering England funds development of community counselling services partnership with local community organisations Touchstone, Leeds Women’s Aid and Leeds Housing Concern.


  • Service expanded to work with around 100 women at any one time.


  • Substantial increase of group therapy provision.


  • Receipt of MISG funds for minority ethnic therapist offering services in language other than English.


  • Receipt to joint finance funds for two 3-year courses ‘Professional Training on the Impact of Race on mental Health’ receipt of counsel funding for 1-year Sexual Abuse project.


  • Delivery of  ‘The Impact of Race on Mental Health Services’ joint funded Report.


  • WCTS featured in December edition of Harper’s and Queen as one of 12 reputable national therapy agencies.


  • External consultancy on and clinical supervision for sexual abuse work starts.
  • Community Chest funds enable time–limited experience group for black female professionals.


  • Commencement of Young Women’s Project.
  • Major refurbishment of premises providing extra counselling room.


  • Receipt of Joint finance to host workshops on same and cross-cultural counselling issues.


  • Gill Martin 1993. ‘Psychotherapy with abused women in a women’s agency’ was published in the Journal of Social Work Practice, Vol 7 No 2.


  • Drop in service offered to Black women.


  • Short term counselling (three to six months) offered.


  • Drop in Service begins.
  • One year ‘Working with Women’ course receives accreditation from Leeds Metropolitan University.
  • Group work programme expanded.


  • Group therapies for women with eating disorders starts.


  • Training sponsored to Masters degree level.
  • Receipt of joint finance funds for Sexual abuse project.


  • WCTS hosts second national conference on feminism and psychotherapy.


  • Training course commences.
  • WCTS’s first publication in Women in Mind book Finding Our Own Solutions.


  • Urban Aid and West Yorkshire County Council funding.
  • Move to current premises in Oxford Chambers.
  • WCTS’s services restricted to Leeds Metropolitan District.
  • Registered as Industrial and provident Society with charitable objectives.


  • Mental Health Foundation grant awarded for women’s Self help project.


  • Move to Leeds with Leeds Social Services Funding; workshop programme coordinator appointed.


  • WCTS is funded in Bradford by West Yorkshire County Council offering individual, group therapy and ‘Fat is a Feminist Issue’ worksh

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