Woolpit Counselling Service

Woolpit Counselling Service

Woolpit Complementry
Unit 11
Brickfields Business Park
Old Stowmarket Road
Bury St. Edmunds
IP30 9QS

01359 408011

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About us

What is the Woolpit Counselling Service?
This service is led by the private counsellors working from Woolpit Complementary and offers specialised therapy that includes Person Centred and Psychodynamic Counselling for all ages, Play Therapy for children, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and EMDR (Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing).

Person Centred Counselling is an opportunity for the individual to explore themselves in depth and consider their experience of the world and how they fit into it. It can help to loosen a feeling of stuckness, to become more fulfilled, to reach achievements and gain a greater understanding of self.

Psychodynamic Counselling focuses on bringing the unconscious mind into conscious awareness. This allows difficult, painful and often deep-rooted memories and experiences which may be unhelpfully impacting on current life and relationships to be resolved.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) helps clients to understand that it isn't what happens to us that is important but our perception of situations.  Therapy formulates the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviour and considers how we can change unhelpful cycles in our lives.

Play Therapy in the same way that talking allows adults to express and consider their world, children use play to explore their world and gain a sense of their own identity.

EMDR (Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing) is used to treat a wide range of psychological difficulties that typically originate in trauma, such as direct or indirect experiences of violence, accidents or natural disaster. The experiences outlined above often lead to a post-traumatic stress disorder diagnosis, for which EMDR has been recommended by the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

The above therapies can be helpful for those experiencing anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder, relationship issues, panic disorder, depression, phobias, feeling sad, family issues, separation and divorce, postnatal depression, bereavement, child related issues, low self-esteem, emotional abuse, PTSD, anger management and many more emotional or mental health issues for both adults and children.

Training, qualifications & experience

Chrissie Mines
Person centred & Play therapist
Degrees: BA (Hons) Dunelm
Experience: Over 9 years experience working in a variety of settings with all ages from 5 years up | 4 years experience of supervision of both experienced and trainee counsellors.
Training: Diploma in person centred counselling | Foundation in working therapeutically with children | Certificate in Supervision.

Debbie Patterson
Degrees: BSc (Hons) Sociology
Experience: 15 years of Private Practise | Working for the NHS since 2009.
Training: Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling | Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

Tina Penistone
Degrees: BSc (Hons) Psychology
Experience: Trained in CBT since 2008, working for the NHS providing face to face treatment to people experiencing depression and anxiety difficulties.
Training: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy accredited by the BABCP. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy Training accredited by EMDR Europe Association.

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Initial and subsequent appointments £40 - £50
Play Therapy for children with Chrissie Mines Only (ages 5+) £40
Concession may be available, please enquire for further information

Free consultations are also available at Woolpit Complementary to provide further information and counsellor details.

Further information

What to expect
The Woolpit Counselling Service is structured around the individual. Each person will inevitably present very different experiences and requirements that will influence the type of support needed.

For this reason, each person will have the option to have an initial consultation with Woolpit Complementary. This will be free of charge and is offered in person or by phone to establish a possible plan and provide an opportunity to understand how the Woolpit Counselling Service could help.

Additionally, our therapists can provide free 15-minute consultations via phone, to give you the chance to speak with them directly, prior to your first appointment.

The first session with a therapist is used to establish how they might work together. All contracting of the boundaries of the work is negotiated and agreed with each individual and can be renegotiated during counselling. Most commonly sessions are weekly and last for 50 to 60 minutes. It is important that the client feels confident in being able to openly explore whatever they wish to and are under no obligation to continue if this is not the case.

Further information about what to expect from counselling or CBT can be found on the BABCP or BACP websites.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Maps & Directions

Bury St. Edmunds, IP30 9QS

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Evenings and weekend appointments available.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults