About me

I trained as a counsellor almost 30 years ago after many years as a health care professional.

I offer marriage / relationship counselling face to face, both one to one and couples. I also see young people and parents who have young children / teenagers with difficulties, as well as those who have experienced a bereavement.

I have a wealth of experience, having recently retired from an acute hospital where I had been a specialist oncology counsellor for over twenty years. My work during that time was helping individuals, their partners, children and other family members to discuss and manage their anguish and difficulties caused by a serious illness and  also to understand the wider implications for children when someone close is ill and dies

I am willing to make home visits for couple/ family counselling, locally ( Chelmsford area )should parents of young children not be able to arrange baby sitters.

I am available some evenings and weekends, as well as some occasional weekday periods.

I have had my own therapy for over 20 years and I could not imagine what my life would have been like had I not done this . Investigating our own life gives insight to others, beyond belief, and can change relationships immeasurably.

If I am the right person to work with you, I will explain what kind of counselling I can offer. If I can not help, then we can discuss other options.

Training, qualifications & experience

I qualified as a diagnostic radiographer over 40 years ago and this has been largely my core profession. I have worked as a social worker in an acute hospital and also in the community with vulnerable families.

I have recently retired from work as a counsellor in an acute hospital setting working with people who are experiencing a serious illness such as cancer. I also offer counselling to  family members who are affected by the trauma of illness including children and young people.

I have worked with those who are HIV positive and those who have been diagnosed with AIDS including their families and I am very experienced with those who have been bereaved.

I see people who have low self esteem and those who have been abused.

I also have experience of working with people who have a history of drug or alcohol abuse.

I am particualarly interested in relationship work and how early relationships affect our adult lives.

I belong to the BACP Register and I am accredited member of BACP

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Health matters, parent / child relationships and couples/ adult relationships

Palliative care experience

Understanding death and suicide and long term effects on children and adults


Additional information

£35 per counselling hour and slightly more for home visits


Evenings and some daytimes. Home visits if more convenient for family work.


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Sylvia Young

Sylvia Young