Meet our private counsellors

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Bill Brind

Qualifications: RMN (Registered Mental Health Nurse UK), SEN(g) (State Enrolled Nurse (general nursing UK), Certificate in Counselling (Colchester Institute), Diploma in Human Sexuality (Univ Lond), Professional Certificate Sex Addiction Therapy (Lond).
Counselling approach: behavioural and/or psychodynamic
Specialist areas: psychosexual counselling
Location: Colchester

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Amanda Hollingworth

Qualifications: Relate Certificate in Couple Counselling, Relate Diploma in Psychosexual Therapy, Institute for Child & Adolescent Mental Health, Certificate in Child & Adolescent Emotional Literacy, Accreditation with CORST (College of Sexual & Relationship Therapists), Registration with UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapists)
Counselling approach: holistic
Specialist areas: psychosexual counselling
Location: Colchester

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Barbara Sheppard

Qualifications: BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor – IAPT Accredited Couple Therapy for Depression Practitioner
Counselling approach: humanistic person-centred and integrative.
Specialist areas: relationships, bereavement, childhood sexual abuse, self-harm, anorexia, autism, Asperger’s syndrome, learning and physical disabilities, adolescents (age range 11 to 19).
Location: Colchester

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Barbara Driscoll

Qualifications: BACP Accredited BTEC diploma in psychodynamic counselling,
Counselling approach: integrative
Specialist areas: domestic abuse, anger and assertiveness, self-esteem, historic sexual abuse, early – stage dementia, carers’ issues and deliberate self-harm.
Location: Maldon, Colchester

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Val Sirman

Qualifications: SENIOR BACP registered and accredited counsellor and psychotherapist, Diploma in Humanistic Person Centred Counselling, Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Certificate in individual, group and organisational supervision, Certificate in working with individual adults who have been abused in their early life
Counselling approach: person-centred, cognitive behavioural therapy,
Specialist areas: anxiety, depression, abuse, trauma, bereavement, loss and relationship issues.
Location: Colchester

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Clare Robinson

Qualifications: BACP Accredited Counsellor, BA Hons Psychology, Diploma in Person Centred Counselling, Certificate in Counselling for Depression, Certificate in Supervision.
Counselling approach: person-centred
Specialist areas: mindfulness and eating disorders
Location: Colchester

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Cynthia Austin

Qualifications: BACP Accredited Counsellor, Certificate in Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy, BSc in Psychology; BSc in Integrative Counselling and Psychology, Certificate in Bereavement Counselling. Diploma in Person –Centred Counselling
Counselling approach: person-centred, integrative, psychodynamic
Specialist areas: bereavement, relationships
Location: Clacton, Colchester

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Angela Carter

Qualifications: BACP Accredited Counsellor, BA Hons Counselling studies, Certificate in Counselling for Depression, Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling, Certificate in Supervision.
Counselling approach: person-centred
Location: Colchester

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Hilary Cowie

Qualifications: BACP Accredited Counsellor, Certificate in Counselling for Depression, Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling, Diploma in the Therapeutic and Educational Application of the Arts. Certificate in Supervision
Counselling approach: person-centred
Specialist areas: maternity issues, premature/ill babies, postnatal depression, use of creativity
Location: Colchester

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Stephanie Cross

Qualifications: BACP Accredited Counsellor, BA in Counselling, Certificate in Counselling for Depression, Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling
Counselling approach: person-centred
Location: Colchester; Clacton

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Chris Harrison

Qualifications: BACP Accredited Counsellor, Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Counselling approach: integrative
Specialist areas: bereavement, drug/alcohol addiction, relationships, IVF and infertility issues.
Location: Clacton

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Karen Ilott

Qualifications: BACP Senior Accredited, Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, Certificate in Counselling for Depression, Emotion-Focused Therapy (Level 2)
Counselling approach: humanistic, person-centred, existential, solution focused, motivational interviewing
Location: Colchester

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Sue Barber

Qualifications: MBACP, Diploma in integrative counselling.
Counselling approach: Integrative
Location: Colchester, Clacton or Maldon

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Nina O’Shea

Qualifications: BACP Accredited, Diploma in Therapeutic Person-Centred Counselling, Certificate in Counselling for Depression, Certificate in Couples therapy for Depression, certificate in Cognitive behavioural therapy.
Counselling approach: person-centred, CBT and Gestalt.
Specialist areas: eating disorders, group work, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder,
Location: Clacton, Colchester

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Ann Whitwham

Qualifications: BACP Accredited counsellor, Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling, Certificate in Counselling for Depression.
Counselling approach: Person-centred
Specialist areas: child abuse, drug and alcohol misuse, bereavement, physical disability, survivors of childhood neglect, relaxation and meditation (mindfulness)
Location: Colchester; Clacton

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Viv Zicari

Qualifications: BACP Accredited Counsellor, Diploma in Counselling
Counselling Approach: integrative
Specialist areas: group work only, seminars in empowerment, empowerment therapist
Location: Colchester, Maldon, Chelmsford

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Emily Fletcher

Qualifications: MBACP, Diploma in integrative counselling
Counselling approach: Integrative
Location: Clacton, Colchester

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Annette Davey

Qualifications: Member of the BACP, Diploma in Person Centred Therapeutic Counselling and Professional Practice, BSc Hons Integrative Counselling, Certificate in Couple Counselling, Certificate in Clinical Supervision.
Counselling approach: person-centred
Specialist areas: sexual abuse, group work, couples
Location: Colchester

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Diane Kilgour

Qualifications: MBACP, Diploma in Humanistic person-centred counselling, Diploma in stress management, Diploma NLP practitioner, Masters Practitioner skills in obesity management.
Counselling approach: Person-centred
Location: Colchester

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Louise Brock

Qualifications: MBACP (accred), BA Hons degree in Person-centred counselling, PG (Cert) in Primary Health Care with CBT skill’s
Counselling approach: Person-centred and CBT
Location: Maldon and Colchester

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Chloe Cotter

Qualifications: MBACP, Diploma in integrative counselling
Counselling approach: integrative
Location: Colchester and Clacton

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