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Standing on the Cliffs

For Whatever Life Throws at You


About us

Here for whatever life throws at you

We are The Counselling & Family Centre, a charity that has been at the heart of the community for over 40 years.

From the age of 5, up through the teens and into adulthood and on, we are here for whatever life throws at you.


We operate two centres for clients in Altrincham and Bury in Greater Manchester. Through local Schools, Home-Start Trafford and Salford, Trafford Domestic Abuse Service and the CleanStart we also offer appointments to service users at locations across Bury, Trafford, Salford and Manchester. Click an item below to find out more.

You are not alone


One in four people in England will be affected by a mental health problem this year.  


The Counselling & Family Centre (CFC) is a mental health charity with over 45 years' experience of counselling children & young people and adults who come as individuals, couples and families.  


We are committed to helping the most vulnerable in society and provide a hub for the entire community. We help our clients achieve their ambitions through support groups and counsellor led activities such as our allotment project, an art club and mindfulness sessions. Our volunteer programme helps people back into work using the skills they have accumulated over a lifetime. Additionally, we offer a wide range of training for counsellors, related professions and people working in education and business. 


CFC place a value on intelligence, curiosity, enthusiasm, confidence and passion and we pride ourselves on inclusively supporting every client. 

Let us help you to discover more about yourself and your inner strengths.  

Our impact

Our doors in Altrincham and Bury are open to everyone - we won't turn anyone away because of where they live, how much they can afford to pay, ethnicity,  sexuality, gender, nature of the issue.  We support anyone over the age of 5 who comes to us for help.    


We offer counselling for:

  • adult individuals

  • children and young people

  • families affected by addictions

  • couples

  • those affected by perinatal issues

  • family groups and

  • in schools

We offer peer support groups and a wide range of training courses for professionals, business and members of the public and we encourage people into education and employment through supported volunteering opportunities.                                                   


We also offer remote counselling support via phone and video to the most vulnerable service users.

Our locations in Altrincham and Bury

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