Shane Ibbs Counselling, Adults, Children, Couples, Families.

Shane Ibbs Counselling, Adults, Children, Couples, Families.

7 Grove Road

07955 671 090 / 07955 671 090

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7 Grove Road

07955 671 090 / 07955 671 090

About me

Does it feel like no one understands you, or that no one really listens to you?  Or maybe you feel the need to talk about the things that are affecting your happiness in life. Now is the time to do something about it. My approach to counselling I am told, is refreshingly different. There will be no 'psychobabble' and I am described as a 'down to earth' kind of person. Perhaps you just want, or need, to talk to an Independent Counsellor, in a confidential, safe, calm and non-judgemental environment. Then all you need to do is contact me via text, phone or email and we can arrange a no obligation first appointment.

Our lives are getting ever more busy and complex, its amazing how taking time out and  talking to a trained counsellor, can be very helpful. In helping you to get a new perspective and come with solutions. You may want to talk about such things as, your relationship, or family issue's, or perhaps your child or children. Perhaps you have experienced a break up of a relationship or a bereavement that continues to affect you. Sharing your thoughts and feelings about such things can be very helpful, once you get started.  If you recognise some of the above, then I  may well be able to help you. You will be able to talk about what you want to talk about, in the knowledge that it will remain confidential. And if you mainly want me to listen to you, so you can, 'just let it out', or 'let off steam', then I can offer you that as well. My approach is frequently described by others as, 'calm', caring, 'patient', 'non judgemental' and 'down to earth'. People say that I am 'easy to talk to', and that it feels 'safe and confidential'. I can offer you these same conditions. If you agree to work with me, I will use all of my understanding and experience gained from over 23 years of working with people, to help you to explore your situation. To help you to find a solution, an answer, or an understanding, to enable you to deal better with your situation.

Client Quote 'You have been there for me at the hardest time in my life. The most helpful thing has been, that you don't judge me, even when I am being difficult'.  (adult female)
My Practice

I work as an Independent Counsellor in Private Practice, this means that you will receive a speedy, personal and confidential service. This means that the things we discuss will not become part of your medical records. Of course if you wish to inform your GP of our sessions you are free to do so.  Your personal information will not be shared with anyone.   Keeping your information confidential, is very important to me. It is also part of the 'code of practice', of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) whom I am a member of and also a Registered Practitioner. The exception to this is if a child (or vulnerable adult) is at risk of very serious harm.

Children and Adolescents

I have also spent many years working with children and adolescents. When I work with children and adolescents I use a different approach. My approach is mindful of the different stages of a child's emotional development. Children and adolescents go through several different emotional and developmental stages and changes, before reaching adulthood. They see the world differently compared to adults. My counselling approach takes account of this. A younger child will normally experience the work as 'play' although it will be therapeutic play.

Parent Quote; ' My son has only seen you a few times and you have helped him to open up more to us, which has helped us talk more with him' (Parent of an older teenager).

Parent Quote; 'Since coming with my son his school work has really improved and home life is now much calmer. I think I have learnt how to deal with things differently, I don't worry so much about the small stuff'. (Parent of 12 year old)

Adolescent Quote;

"Thank you Shane, you have really helped me to understand my thoughts about my best friend dying. I have not been able to talk about it before, to anyone. I feel okay talking to you. Now I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I feel like I can carry on with my life now".

Family Work;

In family work it is not just about counselling the person who is described as having the 'problem'. After all the 'problem' normally affects everyone in some way. It is in my opinion more about empowering parents/carers and children, to find new way's of working and being together, as a more supportive family unit. It is about building on existing parenting skills. It is about creating more understanding of each other. Some times I uses the analogy of the family being 'a team'. The best team's play together and work together, they do it for each other and recognise that they all bring something different and valuable to the team. They have a set of rules that they all subscribe to. Sometimes this gets lost in the business of our family lives. In my family work sessions I try to help families get back on track. Family work can be done, without everyone being there.

Quote " I feel much more confident in dealing with my family since seeing you. I am now much more able to stay calm and it has made me feel much more positive about my role as a parent". (Parent)

Quote "I really like it because you give me good ideas in how to handle my child and you let me choose which will work. It has made a big difference". (Parent)

Walking and Talking Nature Therapy Sessions;

I also offer 'Nature Therapy' counselling sessions. This is where the work is done outside in a green natural environment. It might be in a park, some other open green space or even in a wood. It might be simply walking and talking or it could involve some actual engagement with the natural environment, facilitated by me. And if you have your own ideas even better. It can be one to one, or with a family group, or even a work group/team. There is a growing body of evidence that 'Nature Therapy' is profoundly good for people. Research has been carried out in the UK, Scandinavia, USA and Japan. It has found that Nature Therapy can have positive effects on reducing levels of stress and anxiety. It can improve our thinking and our general emotional and mental welfare. It has been scientifically measured and been found to calm the brain's alpha waves and decrease cortisol (the stress hormone) levels in our bodies. It also increase's the bodies natural production of Serotonin, our own natural anti-depressant.

Client Quote; 'I find being out in nature with Shane clears my mind quickly, it helps me think, I feel more relaxed. It is now my preferred way of meeting for our sessions'. (Adult male client)

Client Quote ; 'Now we have tried some outside session's, I prefer it to being inside the counselling room'.

The Room. I run my Private Practice from a comfortable counselling room in Grove Road, off Moulsham Street, close to Chelmsford town centre.  With public parking close by. I can provide appointments in the day, evenings and weekends.

Disability Access. I have experience of working with people who have a disability and am able to provide appointments for people needing access via a wheelchair or other mobility difficulties, at an alternative venue.

Professional Registration.

For your reassurance I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I was automatically put onto the new 'Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care Register'. The register is for counsellors who meet the new recognised standard's of training, professional practice and on-going personal and professional development. 

Contact details. 
Please give me a call, or text me to make an appointment or ask a question on, 07955 671090.   Alternatively you can email me with your enquiry at:-

I also have a presence on Facebook see Shane Ibbs Counselling.

When I am otherwise engaged and unable to take your call please leave a confidential voice mail, text or email message with the details of your telephone number and when and how I can get back to you and I will contact you as soon as I can.  Thank you.

   'Out beyond ideas of wrong doing and right doing there is a field. I'll meet you there'.  (Rumi)

ANOTHER THOUGHT; 'There are always other possibilities'.

Training, qualifications & experience

My Qualifications:

'Accredited Diploma' Integrative Counselling (BACP 'Accredited' course).

Post Graduate Diploma Family Therapy (Tavistock and Portman Clinic, London).

Certificate's using 'Creative Art in Counselling'.

Certificate in 'Motivational Interviewing' .

Certificate in 'Youth Work'.

Certificate's in 'Brief Solution Focused Therapy'. (International Presentations via the 'Brief Therapy Practice' London).

Certificate's and experience in 'Nature Therapy' 'Ecotherapy' (Outdoor Counselling).

I am a long standing Member of the, British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP).

I am also a, Registered Member, of the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.

I am Professionally Insured and I have an Enhanced CRB Check, for working with children and 'vulnerable adults'.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Parenting issues after family breakdown/break-up/divorce.

Parenting from a non-resident parents perspective, after separation or divorce.

Family Work.

I have an extra interest in male specific issues, for men, adolescents and boys.

I also take Pet bereavement very seriously.

Outdoor Nature Therapy Sessions are available.


My fees are £45 per session.

Fees may be negotiable according to your personal financial circumstances.

A Counselling session is 50 minuets.

Occasionally some people prefer a longer session, this can be arranged by mutual agreement.

If you are ex-Military personal the first session is

Nature Therapy sessions are individually priced, please ask for details.

My fee's to Professional bodies for my consultation services are subject to individual negotiation.

Further information

I also have experience of working with Student Counsellors, needing to meet their training requirements for confidential personal therapy. I enjoy working with Counselling students very much.

In the last 2 year's I have expanded my work in using Outdoor Nature Therapy. I have worked Outdoors,  with people on a one-to-one basis, I have worked with Families, I have also facilitated Group Work with adolescents outdoors.

In addition I have been asked to consult to several organisations in setting up and managing Outdoor Nature Therapy experiences for them.

Maps & Directions

Chelmsford, CM2 0EY

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: Non


8am-8pm weekdays. Fortnightly Saturdays 9am-4pm, for a one off, initial consultation.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults