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About me

I have over 20 years experience of being with persons who have chosen to seek counselling and therapeutic support. I consider it a privilege to be alongside a person who could be experiencing grief, loss, depression, anxiety, low self esteem or other feelings that can be felt as overwhelming and unmanageable.

I abide by the BACP ethical framework for good practice.

My core training is in the Person Centred Approach, where my ultimate aim is to offer a caring safe place for a person to talk about experiences they have had or are having, that has maybe left them feeling vulnerable and unsure of what to do or how to be. Counselling offers an opportunity to begin to disentangle confusions and fears that disable inner confidence, leaving the way open to considering more enabling personal choices.

My private practice is located in a quiet village on the outskirts of Colchester. There is ample parking in the driveway.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma in Person Centred Counselling / Psychotherapy and Professional Studies
  • Brief Therapy, Supervision and CBT Skills Training


Alongside my private practice I have been an in house counsellor for a number of GP surgeries. I have worked sessionally for a project dedicated to persons with Personality Disorder and am an associate counsellor for EAPs. I am BUPA recognised.

I offer time limited (6 - 12 sessions) or long term (ongoing sessions) which can be agreed between us at assessment. The time frame is offered to confirm that a person can rely on the space they are asking for and can be managed according to a person's need.

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.


£40.00 per session

EAP/Health Insurance Providers

  • Aviva
  • BUPA

Additional information

£40 per 50-60 min session for individuals


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
  • Weekdays day and evenings
  • Saturday morning

130 High Road
Layer De- La-Haye

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

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.

I offer face to face, telephone or online counselling via Zoom FaceTime Skype WhatsApp

Merril Matthews

Merril Matthews