What is Counselling?

Counselling is a talking therapy which enables people to discuss their problems and any difficult feelings they encounter in a safe, confidential environment. The term counselling can mean different things to different people, but in general, it is a process people seek when they want to change something in their lives, or simply explore their thoughts and feelings in more depth.

A counsellor is not there to sit you down and tell you what to do. Instead, they will encourage you to talk about what's bothering you in order to uncover any root causes and identify your specific ways of thinking. The counsellor may then look to create a plan of action to either help you reconcile your issues, or help you to find ways of coping.


Rue Smith

Rue is an experienced integrative counsellor working primarily with a person-centred approach to counselling whilst drawing from other theories and approaches to suit the clients needs, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Transactional Analysis (TA).

07584 209211

Isabelle Corak

I am an experienced Counsellor and I offer a confidential and calm environment in which you can feel comfortable and safe to be yourself.  I use a person-centered approach, this approach is based on the belief that we are all individual experts on our true selves.

It follows that each of us has the ability to live our life to our full potential.  The beauty of this approach is that we can adjust the way it works to fit your needs.  I work with adults and young people from the age of 14 years upwards.

07791 304831

Mel Phillips

I have over 12 years' experience of working in NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services as a Senior CAMHS Mental Health Specialist with Children and Young People aged between 5 - 18 years, presenting with wide-ranging emotional and behavioural difficulties, including anxiety, low mood, OCD, as well as within specialist eating disorders and family therapy clinics. I have also worked within specialist CAMHS services specialising in Looked After and Adopted Children and Young People mental health. I am also a qualified Child EMDR Therapist. My approach is integrative, incorporating age-appropriate CBT as well as creativity, nature-based interaction and mindfulness where helpful. I am also qualified in ADOS 2 autism assessment protocol and have extensive experience of supporting children and young people identified with autism spectrum condition and other neurodiverse conditions.

07766 318524

Celia Walter de Lima

Celia Walter de Lima is an experienced Systemic Therapist working with a wide range of people and their difficulties. As a Systemic Thinker Celia will be interested to know what happens between people either be in their relationships with their family, with their significant other, with friends, beliefs, or with themselves and bring light & understanding to the contexts the client is living in, without any judgements or preconceived ideas.

07908 812614

Dawda Sarr

Dawda is an integrative counsellor having completed his Foundation Degree with the University of Plymouth. Dawda specialises in working with children and young people from the age of 8 years old upwards. As an integrative counsellor Dawda draws upon a range of theories to build a unique framework for his individual clients needs, including transactional analysis, cognitive behavioural therapy, psychodynamic and a person-centred approach.

07523 744165

Yasmin Frampton

I am an integrative counsellor with a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling; what 'integrative' means can vary greatly from counsellor to counsellor but, essentially, an integrative approach involves drawing upon several different therapeutic theories in my work with individuals.  The core of my therapeutic practice uses ideas from existential psychotherapy, person-centred counselling and cognitive-behavioural therapy.

07856 851121

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