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MBACP (Accred) MBPsS Counsellor/Hypnotherapist and Supervisor

About me

Colleen is a MBACP (Accred). Counsellor and EMDR accredited psychotherapist who has worked with adults, young children ( age 3+) and adolescents within a counselling agency, together with running her own private practice at Shropshire Counselling Services, Redbrook House, Redbrook Maelor, Whitchurch, Shropshire, SY13 3ET, on the North Shropshire, South Cheshire border, within easy driving distance from Chester, Wrexham, Telford and surrounding areas.

Colleen you helped me to get the old me back, I feel a can see things in perspective now

Colleen uses a down to earth approach, her aim is to help you find a better outcome no matter what the problem is. Colleen is an accredited member of the BACP, registered as a person-centred counsellor and a NCH registered hypnotherapist, with experience of working one-to-one with Trauma related difficulties and those who have been diagnosed with PTSD; people who have experienced family difficulties; or those who experience problems with food with or without a diagnosed eating disorder; anxiety; depression; complex bereavement and loss and those who: have problems forming or maintaining relationships; have been bullied or self harmed; lack self-confidence and self esteem; experiencing general anxiety disorders; have suffered emotional or physical abuse either recently or in the past; suffer phobias, panic attacks or obsessions. I also specialise in working with people who are struggling with sexual deviance, potential sexual offending, and those who have been charged with a sexual offence - the list is not exhaustive. Her private practice is on the ground floor, located on the Welsh border, local to Whitchurch, Shropshire and clients come from Shropshire, Wrexham and Cheshire. GP, and Private Health referrals are welcome but not necessary.   Colleen is caring, non-judgmental and above all, offers somewhere you can be accepted for who you are and you can work at your own pace, no issue is ever trivial, too great or small. If you'd like to talk to her about what counselling or hypnotherapy might mean for you, or to book an appointment, Colleen would be happy to hear from you. Working with The Long Boat Home group of UK psychotherapists and counsellors Colleen offers half-price sessions to anyone who is serving, or has served, in our forces - she also extends the same offer to their partners, adult dependants, and their parents. Colleen recognizes the need to support counselors in training and offer discounted rates for both short and long term work for all trainees.. For more information please visit her website. .

As a registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists), Colleen is bound by their code of ethics.

Training, qualifications & experience

Doctorate in Counselling and Psychotherapy at Chester university and studying for a Diploma in Couple and Family Counselling with the Counselling Institute

BSc (Hons) Psychology

Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Supervision

EMDR Europe Accredited Training

M. A. Counselling Studies

Certificate in Counselling Skills (Person Centred)

Diploma in Theory & Counselling Practice of Counselling

Foundation Course in Bereavement Care

Diploma in Clinical & Advanced Hypnosis

Hypnotherapy Practioner Diploma

Certification in Smoking Cessation

Further training in working with clients who self harm

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


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

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).

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Emotional issues in the aftermath of an affair
  • Bereavement by suicide
  • on-line issues and the use of the Internet
  • Depression, Anxiety, Panic, Fear and Stress
  • Work related issues - work place bullying

Photos & videos


£70.00 per session

Health Insurance/EAP

  • BUPA
  • Health Assured

Additional information

Supervision sessions


Single Session (90 min.) - please telephone or email for pricing information

Counselling Sessions

Single Session (60 min.) - please telephone or email for pricing information

Hypnotherapy Sessions

Single Session (60 min.) - please telephone or email for pricing information

Please note - Fees are payable per session. Discount available for sessions booked as a set.

Free Parking available.

Cancellation Fees
(Counselling & Hypnotherapy)

Over 24 hours notice - No Charge
Within 24 hours notice - £30.00
Under 12 hours notice - Full fee payable

When I work

10:30am am to 8:30pm Tuesday to Thursday

Further information

If you'd like to talk to Colleen about what  supervision, counselling or hypnotherapy might mean for you, to discuss availability or booking an appointment, she would be happy to hear from you.

All calls and messages will be treated in confidence.

Shropshire Counselling Services, Redbrook House, Redbrook Maelor, Whitchurch, Shropshire, SY13 3ET

Wrexham, Wales, LL13

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Online platforms



In person

I offer individual supervision to qualified counsellors and to counsellors in training.

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