Michele Gazmuri-Symmes

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Reg MBACP, Child, Adolescent&Adult Counsellor
Available for new clients
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This professional is available for new clients.

Colchester CO6 & Halstead CO9
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Hi, We’re Michele and Jane from Castle Counselling Services, thanks for visiting our page. 
Trying to decide on a therapist can be overwhelming and that is why we offer a free 10-minute no obligation telephone chat, which can help you decide if we can work together.  Counsellors at Castle Counselling Service, are registered with the BACP, and follow professional standards. You will find us friendly, non judgemental and professional; providing a safe, confidential space where  clients can feel free of judgement to explore their internal world.  

We specialise in working with children & adolescents, and we also work with adults too. At Castle counselling  we will  provide you with the non-judgmental space in which you can explore all aspects of your world. Specialising in working with presenting issues such as anxiety, depression, ADHD and autism just to name a few.At Castle Counselling Services we can work with you in a variety of ways such as talking therapy, creative therapy, play, CBT and will follow your lead and work with what you decide to bring. 

Achieving Therapy Goals

What’s possible ?A newfound motivation could lead to planning that dream career or the courage to change direction. 
Going from not knowing where you fit in to gaining a sense of purpose in life. Improve existing relationships with family and peers.  

Our thinking patterns are not meant to stay with us forever, your future is yours to decide!

Arrange a free 10-minute telephone consultation (07939 042 368 / 07709667422) or email me here to see how we can help. 

Seeking therapy takes courage and if you feel ready to take that step, then we are  ready to support and empower you.

Castle Counselling Service

Castle Counselling Services is a small, friendly and personal counselling business, set up by myself, Michele, and Jane Smith. We offer face to face and online ways of workings we are aware that face to face work is just not possible for some. 

Our counselling room is in easy reach  just two miles form the A120, not far from Braintree,Colchester, Halstead and the surrounding villages. Our therapy room provides a safe confidential space, nestled in the Colne Valley countryside, offering discrete parking. 

We specialise in child, adolescent, young people and adult therapeutic work.

Michele Gazmuri-Symmes

I am a  qualified Counsellor working with children and young people - DipHE Counselling CYP, in a variety of ways using resources such as sand trays, puppets & clay; providing a safe way for children, young people and adults to explore what might be affecting them. 

Jane Smith

My role as a counsellor supports children while they explore and express their experiences, being listened to in a non-judgemental space. 
I have worked in many areas of child counselling and specialise in child bereavement.

Some of the types of therapy that we use to help our clients, include:

Cognitive Behavioural (CBT), creative therapy, expressive arts, integrative, person-centred, play therapy, sand play, trauma focused, somatic and structural family therapy.

 We offer long term, open ended as well as short term therapy.

Both myself and Jane, alongside our private practice work, also work for a large charity, supporting children and young adults across a variety of settings. Thank you  for visiting our profile, and taking the first step in seeking support. 

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Registered Member of the BACP
  • Dip HE, Counselling Children and Young Person (Anglia Ruskin University)
  • Diploma Integrative Counselling (Adults) - West Suffolk
  • Certificates and CPD certs are available on request if desired.
  • DBS checked and receive safeguarding training.

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

£50 per 50 minutes

We have a small number of places, that we are able to offer at a reduced rate.  

Please get in touch to discuss your needs. 

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Monday - Friday: 8am - 9pm
Saturday: 10am - 6pm 
Sunday: Closed

Colchester, Essex, CO6

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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