Shane Ibbs

Counselling, Adults, Children, Couples, Families
Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 0EY
07955 671 090 07955 671 090

About me


Thank you for reading my profile.  I have over 21 years experience of working therapeutically with people. I believe that having someone independent to talk to, is one of the most helpful things that we can do for ourselves. I can offer a safe, non-judgemental and confidential space to talk. Where we can explore what it is that is bothering or upsetting you. Life for many of us appears to be getting ever more stressful and anxiety provoking. Issues such as relationship insecurity, family problems, work problems, as well coping with the death of a loved one, takes its toll on our emotions and our feelings of being able to cope. Taking time for yourself with a counsellor who is warm and sensitive to your needs and who will truly listen, is very helpful. I can offer you these conditions and together at your pace, we can look at what is happening and how you are feeling now and look at ways forward.

I am told that my approach to counselling is 'refreshingly different' and that I am a 'down to earth' type of person, who is understanding and patient.   Don't worry if you don't know where to start, that happens a lot. Together we will find a way forward.  All you need to do is, contact me via text, phone or email and we can arrange a  first appointment.

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 I am also a Registered Practitioner.

(The exception to this is if a child or 'vulnerable adult' is at risk of serious harm).

Children and Adolescents Work

During my career 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.

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:

BACP 'Accredited' Diploma Integrative Counselling.

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

Certificate 'Creative Art in Counselling'.

Certificate 'Motivational Interviewing' .

Certificate 'Youth Work'.

Certificate 'Brief Solution Focused Therapy'.

I have attended numerous workshops integrating 'Nature Therapy' & 'Ecotherapy' into my practice. (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


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

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 and priced separately, please ask for details.


£45.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

My fees are £45 per session for individuals.

Couples and Family Work is £50 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, at an additional fee.

For ex-Military personal and Blue Light Card holder's, the first session is FREE.


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

9am-5pm weekdays. Saturdays 9am-1pm.
No availability on a Tuesday.

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 6 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.

7 Grove Road

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

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