About me

Life can sometimes throw us curve balls when we least expect them; a bereavement, a job loss, stress, anxiety, family issues, losing a pet, ill health or just feeling sad to name a few. When this happens it can sometimes have an overwhelming impact on how we are living our lives. Talking to friends/family never quite seems to help us as they often suggest solutions or never really seem to "hear" what we are saying.

This is a time when counselling could perhaps benefit you.

I offer a safe, warm, peaceful space, in my home, where you can come to explore the curve ball you've been thrown. Often that one incident has triggered memories and emotions that have been hidden away in us or we thought we had dealt with and they may have re surfaced or we just might not be able to work out why we "don't feel quite right".

The counselling style I use is Integrative, which means your therapy will be tailored to your needs. Counselling is a collaborative, encouraging, warm and hopeful process. You may want time limited work or you may want the freedom to explore much of your life and work open ended. The work is about you and what your needs are.

I am an accredited therapist with over ten years experience. I have worked with children, young people and adults both in my Private Practice and for several charities. There are not many issues that I have not worked with. Some include: Loss, work related stress, bereavement, adjusting to life with children, coping with carers responsibilities, loss of a beloved pet, abuse, illness, sexual abuse in adulthood and childhood, poverty, loss of a child, separation and divorce. I am currently specialising in psychosexual and relationship therapy as I am doing post graduate training with the London Diploma in Psychosexual and Relationship Therapy.

Counselling takes courage, you have it, as you are here looking for a therapist. Well done. You are on the way to taking control of your feelings and moving forward with your life.

Please feel free to contact me, with no obligation, with any questions you might have.

Training, qualifications & experience

Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling 2005 - 2009 Braintree College.
Various training courses with Place2Be: Sexual Abuse, Domestic Abuse, Child and Adult Safeguarding, Solution Focused Work, Group Work.
London Diploma in Psychosexual and Relationship Therapy.

Experience over last ten years:

First Stop - Working with and counselling people from disadvantaged backgrounds, mental health issues, loss of work.
Place2Be Charity - School Project Manager, counselling children 4 -11 years old, Supervising other counsellors.
Counselling parents - issues include loss, poverty, bereavement, alcohol and drug abuse, sexual abuse, domestic violence, not being able to get work, children's behaviour, emotional abuse, divorce, miscarriage, loss of a child, loss of a beloved pet.
Private Practice - Young people, adults couples. Issues include bereavement, divorce and separation, work related stress, generalised anxiety, anxiety, stress, depression, relationship and psychosexual issues.
Mind in West Essex.
The Change Project in Chelmsford.
NHS Psychological Therapist.

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.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Couples counselling
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Psychoanalytic therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Psychosexual therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis


Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

From £55 a session. (I do offer some concession sessions, please contact me for details.)


Monday - Friday evening appointments and Saturday mornings.

Further information

Please feel free to contact me with any questions you might have.


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
Vashti Hodge

Vashti Hodge