Lucy Summerscales

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BSc (hons) Adv Dip. UKCP reg
Available for new clients
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Colchester, Essex, CO1
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Things can get difficult for all of us in our lives from time to time. When that happens, and our normal coping strategies aren't working, it can be really helpful to have someone objective to talk to. I will listen non judgmentally and offer you a safe place to work through whatever is troubling you with respect and trust.

I am an integrative counsellor who can work with you on a wide variety of issues. I have a special interest in bereavement, loss and grief. I also work extensively with depression, stress and anxiety. My particular training means that I am able to explore your world and experiences with you from a variety of viewpoints, looking at the past as well as the here-and-now. I have a strong belief that the relationship between us fosters healing and change.

If you would like to talk to me to arrange an initial appointment or to ask about anything else, please call or email me and I will get back to you within two working days. There is also more information on my website

My consulting room is in central Colchester and I work with national and international clients online and by phone. 
All contact with me is strictly confidential.

Training, qualifications & experience

BSc in Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counselling, Matrix College of Counselling and Psychotherapy (Middlesex University)

Diploma in Integrative Counselling, from Matrix College of Counselling and Psychotherapy (affiliated to Middlesex University)

As well as my private practice, since 2014 I have worked as a bereavement counsellor for the St Helena Hospice and North East Essex Bereavement Service, and I have worked as a counsellor for students at Colchester Sixth Form College.

I have a diploma in Creative Counselling for Children and Young People.

I work with depression, anxiety and stress; abuse, trauma and relationship difficulties.

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Anxiety, stress and depression. Grief and loss

Therapies offered


£60.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income

Additional information

I am happy to communicate by phone or email to decide if you would like to make an appointment, and discuss the concerns you would like to address.

I think it's really helpful for us to chat on the phone first, to make initial contact and begin to get to know one another. This may not be a full session, but can be useful for you to establish if I'm the right person to help you. 

Face to face consultations are £50 per session. Some concessions may be available, for those on low income for whatever reason. Please feel free to ask. 

When I work

I am available Monday to Thursday 8-4 and with some evening sessions.

Further information

I have my own private practise room in Colchester. It is quiet and private, with free parking available near by and with access to good public transport.

Colchester, Essex, CO1

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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Lucy Summerscales
Lucy Summerscales