About me

Whether or not you are new to counselling, or have had counselling in the past, searching for and finding the best Counsellor can be daunting.  Having accessed counselling myself in the past, I understand how difficult it can be, not only to make that first call, but to meeting your Counsellor for the first time, to be able to trust them, that they will do their best for you.

Having been a Person Centred Counsellor for many years and having worked with varied problems and issues, including anxiety, depression, relationship and work issues, I am here to offer you a professional, friendly and caring service.  From time to time, we all need to talk about how we are feeling, and talking to a Counsellor provides an alternative outlook from say your friends and family.  Talking to a Counsellor, who is not emotionally involved with you, offers you the safe space to feel free to express yourself and your feelings.

I qualified at the Central School of Counselling and Therapy in 2000 and am an Accredited member of the BACP, following their Ethical Framework for Good Practice.

I offer short or long term counselling for a variety of issues and concerns, including:-

Relationships (inc couples counselling)
Stress & depression
Low self-esteem & self-worth
Anger Management
Eating disorders
Rape or childhood sexual abuse

I also offer telephone and online counselling.  I have disabled access.

I also work from a Practice in Braintree.

Training, qualifications & experience

I studied at the Central School of Counselling & Therapy in London, where I achieved a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.  I have also completed the following training/qualifications:-

Practical Mediation Skills (TCM) February 2017
Dissociative Disorder (First Person Plural)
Working with Trauma (Solace Women's Aid)
Sex after Sexual Abuse (Solace Women's Aid)
Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Domestic Violence Training (Havering Women's Aid)
FGM Awareness training (Home Office)
Mental Health training (Victim Support)
Safeguarding children & vulnerable adults (Victim Support)
Supporting victims (Victim Support)
BACP Certificate of Proficiency
Eating Disorders in Children & Young People- Norfolk County Council
Self-harm in Children & Young People - Norfolk County Council
Anxiety in Children & Young People - Norfolk County Council
Level 3 in IAG (Information, Advice & Guidance - City & Islington College
Understanding Dissociation & Complex Dissociative Disorders (First Person Plural)
Counselling survivors of childhood sexual abuse (The Sue Lambert Trust)
Domestic Violence & its impact on children (NSPCC)
Children abused through sexual exploitation (NSPCC)
Working in a diverse child & adolescent workforce (Tavistock & Portman Trust)
Emotional Eating & Eating Disorders (NHS)

I have been a counsellor since 2000, and currently work in private practice.

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 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.


Additional information

£45 for an individual and £60 for couples per session.

My website is www.rochfordcounsellingservices.co.uk


Daytime from 8.30 am to 7.30pm


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Additional languages



Lesley Freeman

Lesley Freeman