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

About WCTS

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.


Opening times

Monday: 9am – 7pm

Tuesday: 9am – 6pm

Wednesday: 9am – 6pm

Thursday: 9am – 7pm

Fridays: 10am – 4pm

Answerphone outside office hours.

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WCTS    Portland House    5 Portland Street    Leeds    LS1 3DR


Registered charity number: 1145377  Website design Wingfinger Graphics, Leeds