About Us

Highgate Counselling Centre was founded in 1960 by William Kyle, a Methodist Minister, then based at Jackson’s Lane.  He trained in pastoral counselling and later psychotherapy.  During his time at Jackson’s Lane, he set up Highgate Counselling Centre.  A network of analysts and therapists was created who were prepared to donate their time to those in need and those who could not pay the full amount for counselling or psychotherapy.

This work continued at Highgate Counselling Centre when William and his wife Benita moved to Westminster Central Hall.  William and Benita went on to set up the Westminster Pastoral Foundation (wpf).

Some of those who were involved in the early life of Highgate – William Kyle, Henrietta Meyer, Peggy Thornborough and latterly Dennis Duncan, who was the former President of the organisation, are remembered by nameplates on the doors of the counselling rooms.

The Centre

The Centre opened at Tetherdown Halls in 1979.  A training course at Certificate level was started, and a Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling added at a later stage.  Similar courses continue to be delivered at HCC but continuously evolve to include more contemporary thinking about psychotherapy and to also reflect current practice.  The Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling course delivered by HCC has been accredited by the BACP since 1994.

We look forward to continuing our evolution, responding to the needs of our client population and incorporating up to date developments in the counselling and psychotherapy fields.

At the same time, we will remain true to the inspiration of our founder and the ethos of providing counselling to those who need it, irrespective of their ability to pay, from within a close-knit and supportive network of human relationships in the Centre itself.