Essex Autism Counselling - Autism Specialists

Essex Autism Counselling - Autism Specialists

318b High Road
Meggison Way

07742 910041

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About us

Counselling-in-Essex has been established for over 10 years and is based in South Benfleet. The founder (Nicola Butcher) is Senior Accredited with the National Counselling Society and registered with the BACP. All other counsellors are also qualified and registered with either the BACP and/or The National Counselling Society.

We all adhere to the code of ethics of the British Association for Counselling Psychotherapy and the National Counselling Society. This ensures that you are in safe hands and guarantees that each therapist is qualified to work and has achieved an excellent standard.

At counselling-in-essex we offer a safe, confidential and congruent service with a warm approach. Finding the right counsellor for you can often be a tenuous process but we believe in what we do and how we can help you. All of our counsellors are passionate about helping people reach their full potential, achieve their goals and head off on new journeys. We have all been on a personal journey which is why we choose to do what we do and why we can offer empathy and understanding that will challenge you to make the best out of therapy.

We offer a service to children, adults and couples.

We have counsellors who specialise in:

  • Autism
  • ADHD
  • ADD
  • Aspergers
  • Panic and anxiety
  • Eating disorders
  • Relationship counselling
  • Trauma
  • Abuse
  • Bereavement

There are many other areas that we also cover that may not be listed, so if there is a particular area of counselling that you are looking for, please do not hesitate to email or call us to discuss how we may be able to help.

If you are looking for a particular type of therapy, we work integratively and can use the following approaches:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Family Therapy (Restorative and Systemic)
  • Transactional Analysis
  • Person-Centred
  • Couples Therapy

Our counsellors/psychotherapists

Nicola Butcher MBACP, MNCs (Senr.Acc)

Nicola Butcher is the founder of counselling-in-essex and has been practising for over 10 years. She specialises in autism, ADHD, aspergers and other areas within these diagnostics. She is a qualified psychotherapist and hypnotherapist.

Nicola also has extensive experience working with families helping them to develop positive relationships and also works with individuals suffering from stress and anxiety.

She works with children, adolescents, adults, families and couples.

Sarah Hearn MNCs (Acc)

Sarah can provide structure and realistic collaborative goal setting for you. She can also help to show you that it is possible to have control over your thoughts which may subsequently have an adverse effect on your feelings and behaviour.

Sarah has lots of experience to help give you the tools to help identify and change unhelpful or disruptive thoughts and actions, thus promoting the prospect of long term contentment with minimal chance of regression.

She works with adults.

Michelle Bradding

Qualified Counsellor

Michelle undertakes a variety of work. The area of work where she specialises in is Domestic Voilence. She is also heavily involved with pain management, coping with diagnosis and abuse.

Michelle also works for a specific unit working the emergency services, so has good knowledge of anyone working within this profession.

Alice Pepper

Qualified Counsellor

Alice undertakes a variety of work, ranging from stress and anxiety to depression. She has experience in working with adolescents and has good understanding of work related stress.

Eating disorders are a particular area of counselling that Alice is interested in and can offer empathy and understanding for anyone dealing with this illness.

Training, qualifications & experience

Nicola Butcher, MBACP, MNCs (Senr.Acc)

Diploma in Clinical Transpersonal Hypnotherapy
- Stress and anxiety
- smoking cessation
- weight management
- pain management
- relaxation

Supervision Certificate

Practitioners Diploma in CBT
- Group Therapy
- Family Therapy
- Relationship Counselling
- Solution Focused Brief Therapy

AQA Advanced Diploma in Counselling
- Therapeutic Practice
- Transactional Analysis
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Developing Practitioner

AQA Intermediate Certificate in Counselling
- Counselling Skills
- Working with Grief & Loss

CPD - Psychopharmacology & Counselling & Pschotherapy

C & G PTTLS (Adult Teaching Qualification)

ECC Child Protection Certificate


BACP Certificate of Proficiency

Registered Member of BACP 630376

Senior Accredited Member of National Counselling Society NCS14-00649

National Counselling Society Approved Supervisor

Sarah Hearn MNCs (Accred)

Practitioner Diploma in CBT

Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Transactional Analysis, Person Centred, Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)

Intermediate Certificate Course in Counselling Skills (including Loss & Grief)

Counselling Children and Young People

Safe professional and effective practice for counsellor & psychotherapist

Play therapy / Sand-Tray therapy

Pain Management


The BACP Individual Member (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy)
The National Counselling Society Accredited Member

Michelle Bradding Dip.

Qualified Counsellor

CPCAB Level 2 in Counselling Skills

CPCAB Level 3 in Counselling Skills

CPCAB Level 4 in Therapeutic Counselling

Alice Pepper Dip.

Qualified Counsellor

CPCAB Level 2 in Counselling Skills

CPCAB Level 3 in Counselling Skills

CPCAB Level 4 in Therapeutic Counselling

Student Counsellors

Awaiting new starters

Member organisations *

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

* We have verified that at least one professional at this organisation is registered with the relevant professional body.

Other areas of counselling we deal with

Also on offer is Hypnotherapy for:

  • Weight management
  • Smoking
  • Panic and anxiety
  • Phobias
  • Stress

Photos & videos

  • Nicola Butcher MBACP, MNCs (Senr.Acc)


Counselling: £45 per session

Supervision: £40 per session

Couples: £50

Families: £60

Hypnotherapy: £60 per session

If you are on a low income you may be able to see one of our student counsellors at the rate of £15 per session. This will be dependent on your needs and requirements as to the level of experienced practitioner that you require.

Further information

Because we are a busy practice, it is often best to email us at as our telephone goes to voicemail during sessions.

We also offer supervision to students and qualified counsellors. Both Nicola Butcher and Sarah Hearn undertake supervision.

All of our students and counsellors undergo regular supervision to ensure good quality practice and service.

Maps & Directions

Benfleet, SS7 5HB

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified


9am to 9pm Monday to Friday Saturday availability with selected therapists

Types of client

Young people