Michele Gazmuri-Symmes

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Reg MBACP, Child, Adolescent&Adult Counsellor
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Colchester CO6 & Halstead CO9
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Welcome to Castle Counselling Services! We are Michele and Jane, counsellors dedicated to helping you navigate life's challenges. Making the decision to seek therapy can be daunting, which is why we are here to offer you a complimentary 10-minute telephone consultation. This initial chat gives you the opportunity to see if we are the right fit for you. Our counselors are accredited by the BACP and adhere to professional standards, ensuring you receive quality care.
At Castle Counselling Services, we understand the importance of finding the right therapist to support you on your journey. Our compassionate team is committed to providing a safe and caring space where you can feel heard and understood. We believe that everyone deserves access to mental health support, which is why we offer a free initial phone call to help you determine if we are the right match for you. Your well-being is our top priority, and we are here to assist you every step of the way.
Choosing a therapist is a significant decision, and we at Castle Counselling Services aim to make the process easier for you. With our 10-minute no obligation telephone consultation, you can ask any questions you have and get a sense of our approach. Our counsellors are experienced professionals who prioritize your comfort and confidentiality. We value your trust in us and are here to support you in achieving your mental health goals.

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

Castle Counselling Service

We specialise in child, adolescent, young people and adult therapeutic work. We provide counselling both in person and online, understanding that in-person sessions may not always be feasible for everyone. Our counseling office is conveniently located just two miles from the A120, near Braintree, Colchester, and Halstead. We strive to offer a personal and supportive environment for individuals seeking support.

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

Children (0-12)
Young people (13-17)
Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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