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About me

About me

I am an integratively trained counsellor, which means that I am able to personalise the style of counselling to suit the individual needs of the client. I offer a professional, non-judgemental, confidential service for clients who need a safe, contained place and dedicated time to work through their issues, difficulties and conflicts.

My approach is warm and understanding. I place an emphasis on genuineness and acceptance, creating a safe space in which you can freely talk and share with me your distress worries and concerns without fear of judgement.

For whatever reason you have turned to counselling, I am here to listen and to support, to explore with you  your issues and options, and to help you find a way forward.

Starting counselling

Starting counselling can be scary and often people find it difficult to take the plunge. A good way to find out whether counselling feels right for you is to call or Email me to set up a FREE initial session. At this session we will talk about what you want to get out of counselling. Then, if you are happy to continue, we will set up a 2nd session and arrange to see you either weekly or fortnightly, depending on your availability and preference.

Who I work with

I work with adults and adolescents for both long and short term work, depending on need.

What I cover

I work with a wide range of issues including, but not limited to



Self esteem



Aspergers syndrome

Relationship issues

Bereavement and loss

Anger management

Self harm

Suicidal ideation


Learning disability

Health issues

Work related stress

I am also the founder of a specialist counselling service for those experiencing grief and loss in Southend and surrounding areas. For further information on this service and to find out what we can offer, please visit our website at www.bereavementcounsellingcare.co.uk


I work from a private, comfortable room in Southend-On-Sea, easily accessible by rail or road, ample parking.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am an experienced counsellor educated to degree level, BA (Hons) and a registered member of the BACP (MBACP) whose ethical code of practice I abide by.

BA (Hons) English and Roman Studies
Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
Introduction to Counselling Concepts
Awareness in Bereavement Care - Cruse

Diploma in Psychology

I hold professional indemnity insurance and I am CRB checked

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.

Therapies offered

  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy


Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

£40 per face to face session (Sessions are for 50 minutes)

£35 per Zoom or telephone session

Concessions are also available for those on low incomes. Please enquire for further information.


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

9.00 a.m - 7.00p.m Monday to Thursday


Type of session


Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


Sandra DODDS - Registered Member MBACP

Sandra DODDS - Registered Member MBACP