Who Are We?

Evolve was first formed in Cambridgeshire in 1978 under their original name of Cambridgeshire Consultancy in Counselling (CCC) with a remit to provide counselling for adults who needed it but were unable to afford it and to train counsellors to professional standards. It came into being in response to a call to action by another charity, whose aim was to make counselling affordable and accessible to everyone. The founders felt that the charity should be characterised by mutuality – where clients could consult with qualified practitioners, members could consult with one another and trainees could consult with one another and with those who trained and supervised them.

From the initial years of providing services in Cambridge, Peterborough and St Ives, CCC then expanded to include Ely, St Neots and the neighbouring communities in Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire, West Norfolk and Hertfordshire.

By 1983 CCC’s distinctive features were established:

A service that enables clients to access affordable counselling
A community of professional counsellors sharing their experience and approaches
A learning organisation dedicated to enabling individuals to develop their counselling expertise and practice to a common standard.

In 1995 CCC became an independent charity, was registered with the Charity Commission in 1996 and then became a Charitable Incorporated Organisation in 2019. Despite changes in legal status, the distinctive features have remained the same throughout the charity’s history.

Finally in March 2021, CCC rebranded to become Evolve Counselling.  Same charity, same excellent services, a new name!

Meet the Teams

Our Values

We are proud of our organisation’s heritage and our membership. Our values are at the heart of what we do and how we work to create a better future.

People – promoting a culture of warmth and belonging where everyone is welcome

clients – putting clients’ interests and needs at the centre of everything we do
counsellors – providing a community for counsellors to develop and support each other, working together to provide a high-quality service to clients
community– working in collaboration with others for the benefit of local communities

Principles – upholding the highest standards of counselling ethics

equality – enabling equal access to service for clients and equal development opportunity for members, showing respect for all as individuals, empowering people to make choices for their lives
empathy – championing the wellbeing of individuals and treating everyone with kindness, compassion and dignity

Professionalism – providing a high-quality, affordable and accessible counselling service, respecting every individual’s rights to privacy and confidentiality

integrity – working honestly, openly and with respect
accountability – being fully accountable for all aspects of our service
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