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Tŷ Elis, formerly known as Porthcawl Counselling, is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee.  We were founded in 1996 by Mrs Edwina (Ted) White MBE, a retired social worker, and Dr Richard Jenkins, a local GP.  Although based in Porthcawl, they both recognised the urgent need for talking therapy across Bridgend Borough.  Tŷ Elis started from very humble beginnings, providing Counselling and Psychotherapy in rooms at  local churches.  In more recent times we have rented a number of premises on Victoria Avenue and in 2013 we were able to purchase our current premises through a Welsh Government capital grant.


Our original vision was: to relieve persons who are emotionally disturbed or distressed and educate and train persons in Counselling, so that they assist in the treatment of persons suffering from emotional disorders and problems.

Some of this language may now seem a little dated, for example “disturbed” and “disorder”, but we remain true to our vision.  We do not label our clients with diagnoses, rather, concentrate on working with them to regain their autonomy and take responsibility and control for the issues affecting their lives.


Our values are: autonomy, confidentiality, equality, excellence, safety and sustainability.  


Our revenue funding is currently made up of donations, a 2 year grant from the South East Wales Community Economic Development (SEWCED) programme and the use of reserves.  We have no formal service level agreement with NHS Wales, but did receive £30,000 revenue funding in (2012/13). We have received a series of capital grants to help us buy and convert our premises.  


We employ a full time Administrator and a part time Administrative Assistant or 1.4 full time equivalents.


We have over 50 volunteers including our Counsellors, receptionists, officers, trustees and The Friends.


We work closely with NHS Wales. We estimate that 90% of our clients are recommend to us by the NHS, either through GPs, psychiatrists or other primary mental health services.

Ymgynghori Tŷ Elis Counselling 14 Victoria Avenue, Porthcawl, Bridgend County Borough, CF36 3HG, Telephone: 01656 786486, email:

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