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 www.lucysummerscales.co.uk

I work in both Colchester and Ipswich.

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)

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 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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Anxiety, stress and depression. Grief and loss

Therapies offered


£50.00 per session

Additional information

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

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


I am available Monday to Friday 8-4 and with some evening sessions in both Colchester and Ipswich

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.



Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a Counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.