Stepping Stones Counselling

Stepping Stones Counselling


Wessex House
Upper Market Street
SO50 9FD

07729 603245

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About us

Stepping Stones Counselling is a well established private practice and our fully qualified therapists provide counselling and psychotherapy for those looking to explore areas of their lives that may be causing anxiety, stress or concern.

Our counsellors are based in Southampton (Bitterne), Eastleigh and Horndean in East Hampshire. See website for more details.

About Us

Stepping Stones counsellors are experienced Registered Therapists providing professional counselling for adults, couples and young people.  We integrate how we work, tailoring therapy for individuals or couples.  We have many years of experience working with depression, anxiety, stress, spiritual issues, relationships, bereavement, abuse and trauma, as well as other specific issues such as post natal depression, eating disorders and domestic violence.  We are Christians who understand the Christian worldview, assumptions and values.  However, we counsel people of any faith or none, as we abide by the Code of Ethics and Practice of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy and of the Association of Christian Counsellors.

Our counsellors provide a safe, non-judgmental and confidential environment where you can take those important steps towards a more fulfilling and balanced life.

What is counselling?
Counselling is an opportunity to find understanding and move towards change. By talking with a counsellor, who has the skills and training to listen and explore with you what might be difficult and confusing, it can all begin to make sense and give you the potential to take control and make differences to your life.

In a nutshell.....

Walking the path to recovery is not always easy but at Stepping Stones, we have a motto:

                      All you have to do is ask…

                                    And we will walk it with you.

Training, qualifications & experience

                                                                                                    Karen, Christine and Ruth

Christine Joyce Reg. MBACP (Accred), Reg. Member ACC (Accred); Reg. NCS (Accred), BA (Hons) Integrative Counselling; Advanced Diploma in Counselling Supervision; Dip.Therapeutic Counselling; Certificate in Couples Counselling; TAG; HACP.

Karen Shapey Reg. MBACP (Accred), Mem.ACC, B.A. (Hons) in Humanistic Counselling; Dip.Therapeutic Counselling (Humanistic/Gestalt); B.Ed, TAG, HACP.

Ruth Mackintosh MA.,Reg.MBACP(Accred); Dip Clinical Supervision.

We have many years of experience working with adults, couples and young people. Each of us has our own particular area of interest and specialism, including problems with eating, working with depression and anxiety, couples counselling, spiritual or faith issues, young people, or bereavement and loss. We receive regular clinical supervision and are committed to ongoing continued professional development and training.

Online counselling is also available, please enquire via our website.

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* We have verified that at least one professional at this organisation is registered with the relevant professional body.

Other areas of counselling we deal with

Christine and Ruth also offer Counselling Supervision for counsellors and therapists.  Please contact us via the website and we will get back to you with further details.


Our fees are £45 per 50 minute session for adults and £60 for couples for 60 minute sessions. We offer short term or longer term counselling. The first session will be an initial meeting to explore how counselling might be helpful and to establish how we will work together. The fee for this session will be £15 for individuals and £25 for couples.
Some discretionary rates are available for Trainee Counsellors.

Further information

When can I book my first session?

At Stepping Stones Counselling we aim to provide therapy as soon as possible and can offer sessions across the week and most evenings. Your first appointment is an opportunity to meet one of our counsellors without commitment and to find out if counselling is the way forward for you. This is a 50 minute consultation and costs £15 for individuals and £25 for couples.

Please contact us through our website or by leaving a message on our phone 0772 960 3245. We will be in touch as soon as possible.

Maps & Directions

Southampton, SO18
Eastleigh, SO50 9FD

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Yes

At Wessex House lifts available to our first floor rooms; also disabled toilets. Our Southampton and Horndean venues are ground floor rooms with one or two outside steps over threshold.


Weekdays and evenings at Southampton, Eastleigh and Horndean venues.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Supervision & training

Christine Joyce writes:  "I am passionate about supervision for counsellors and have a post graduate Advanced Diploma in Counselling Supervision (NCS Accredited).  If you are in private practice, or working with an organisation and are looking for supervision that will give you opportunity to grow as a therapist, work ethically and creatively with your clients, then please contact me for an initial discussion.  Tel: 07447 284 162 or email"

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