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.