2011 BACP Award for Excellence in Research. Long term outcomes 'What Happened Next'

About WCTS - Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter

We have been following the news of the death of George Floyd, and the protests which have ensued.  We would like to express our solidarity with our Black colleagues and clients, and say that we condemn all forms of racism.  We acknowledge that the recent protests are in response to structural inequalities within our society.  We see these stark inequalities highlighted most recently during the COVID 19 crisis; the disproportionate loss of life for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people, and seeing BAME women suffer the hardest financial effects of the pandemic.

Women’s Counselling and Therapy Service is committed to understanding the intersectional inequalities BAME women and girls in Leeds face in their lives, as well as the additional barriers BAME women and girls face when accessing psychological therapies and support.  Our work reflects this commitment, and we recognise the need to look carefully and deeply into the organisation to continue to improve our service provision.

To further our understanding of these inequalities, and to improve our practice, we have starting to spend time reading, sharing, and discussing resources amongst our staff team, as well as reflecting on outcomes from our current and past projects, and on how we might become more anti-racist.  We will be regularly updating our website and social media with the outcomes of this learning. We have now included anti-racist approach as a standard agenda item at Board meetings, will develop an action plan, and committed to make black women’s mental health the focus of our 40th anniversary research piece. We appreciate the need to continue to improve inclusion within our organisation, and as always we welcome all forms of feedback.


We offer high quality, long term counselling, therapy and support to women in Leeds on a low income. We work in partnership with other agencies to reach some of the most marginalised and isolated women and girls.

WCTS was formed in 1982 in response to the impact of social inequalities on women’s mental health. The social climate was one of limited access to mental health services for women. The Founding Members advocated specialised services designed to meet the specific needs of women.

WCTS is known in Leeds and beyond for its consistent excellent standards of delivery in therapy and counselling and its reach towards those who struggle to access, engage with or recover in more main stream services.

WCTS was until January 2012 run as a charity exempt from registration (IPS). In 2012 we were registered as a charity by the Charity Commission. We are a service run by women for women through a Board of Trustees.

Key dates:

  • June 2019Visible, improving health and wellbeing outcomes with adult survivors of child sexual abuse launches
  • August 2018 Maternal Mental Health Alliance award for Diversity and Inclusivity
  • April 2018 – Work with 16 and 17 year olds started
  • January 2017 – established outreach services to complement city centre provision
  • May 2016 – new brief offer of three sessions started
  • June 2015 – 30th birthday celebration event
  • January 2012 – Registration as a charity
  • November 2011 – Winner of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Outstanding Research Project Award
  • July 1984 – Registration as Industrial & Provident Society
  • 1982 – Established, first therapy sessions offered

Our full history can be found here.


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