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Supporting Children,Young People & Adults

Maybe you or someone close to you is struggling. When life becomes too overwhelming and too difficult to handle, we can help.

People access therapy for all sorts of reasons including anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, unwanted thoughts and feelings, relationship difficulties,

bereavement and addiction to name just a few. 

Therapy can help clarify what is going on and help you feel more settled even if you are unsure about why you are feeling the way that you do. 

You may have noticed a change in behaviour or emotional states.

If as a parent something does not seem quite right, trust your instincts, reach out for support. 

Our counsellors are fully qualified to provide a safe, confidential space in which behaviours, feelings and relationships can be explored. 

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Castle Counselling Services is a small, friendly and personal counselling business.

We specialise in child, adolescent, young people and adult therapeutic work. Our counsellors are members of

the BACP and adhere to the ethical framework and undertake clinical supervision in line with the

professional body requirements. All Counsellors are fully insured and belong to the DBS update service.  


We offer 1-1 counselling from a calming and comfortable practice near Earls Colne - Essex. Just 2 miles from the A120 within easy access from Braintree,Colchester and Stansted. With on site parking and a communal waiting area we aim to make life, as easy as possible for our clients.

We also offer our services and sessions online & via telephone if this is suitable. Castle counselling can also

provide support to primary and secondary schools.  

Our services are listed below, to help you decide whether Castle Counselling Services 

would be a good fit for you & your specific needs. 

We appreciate that it is often an anxious and daunting step to take and we aim to provide you with enough information to help you decide if therapy is right for you. Please feel free to contact us by phone or email, for any further questions or to arrange a consultation.  

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Are you struggling  to manage daily activities, relationships or social  situations or maybe you have had to deal with a significant loss or multiple losses, then we can help you explore these at a pace that is right for you. 

Some people don't know why they are feeling the way that they do, and just don't feel right. Therapy can help clarify what is going on and help you feel more settled.
We can offer a non-judgmental confidential space where you can explore ,what is bothering you. We can use talking therapy or use creative methods to explore and discover new ways of being. There are also many other reasons a person may feel the need to seek help; reach out and contact us to see if we can help.

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Transitioning from school, sixth form or Education can be a truly daunting time where expectations are different and the support networks that once existed are no longer available.

This can be a distressing time, leaving you feeling overwhelmed. We can offer a non-judgmental, confidential space where you can explore, what is bothering you.

Child counselling

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We can work in a variety of ways, utilising creative materials, play, sand trays, puppetry and games to enable your child to explore, express and gain an understanding of their world. We will work with your child in a manner that is directed by them at our premises. Counselling may be time-limited or cover a longer period which we will discuss at our initial meeting.

Primary Schools

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Our counsellors are members of the BACP and work in a variety of ways with children to enable them to make sense of their world utilising art, puppetry, sand trays and other creative ideas.

We can also work with individuals or groups to build resilience. 
To arrange an informal discussion about counselling services for your school please use the form on the Contact Us page or alternatively email or telephone us. 
We offer affordable services to schools.

Secondary Schools

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Counselling within secondary schools has shown to bring about a significant

reduction in psychological distress (DfE, 2016).

The BACP states "School-based humanistic counselling is effective and should be considered as a viable treatment option for children suffering from mental health issues despite its costs, new research has found"

The research can be found at:

At Castle Counselling, we recognise the difficulties that young people experience. Transitioning from Primary to Secondary school; the fundamental physical changes a young person may be experiencing alongside a constantly evolving world. We can provide a safe place in which young people can

explore, gain understanding and evolve.

If you would like to discuss how we can best support your school please call us for an

informal chat or use our contact form on the home page.

Meet The Team

Who We Are

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I am a fully qualified Counsellor, specialising in working with children and young people - DipHE Counselling CYP. I work in a variety of ways using resources such as sand trays, puppets & clay; as this often provides a safe way for children, young people and adults to explore what might be affecting them.  However it is down to the individual to choose how they wish to work and if talking therapy is right for you, then I will follow your lead.

I also hold a Diploma in Integrative Counselling (adults) which means I am able to adapt the way in which I work  to meet your  needs. I have worked in both Secondary and Primary Schools as a counsellor, working with clients short term and long term, as part of my clinical placement and later as a freelance counsellor working throughout NE Essex schools. I also work collaboratively with a well known charity supporting young people.  

I worked within schools for over 7 years prior to my counsellor training; and this has provided me with a wealth of experience, understanding of school systems, the complexities that pupils face in relation to education, others, and society. 




I am a fully qualified child and young persons counsellor. I have experience in child play therapy which uses play to help children and young people  express themselves in a confidential and safe environment. 
My role as a counsellor supports children while they explore and express their experiences, being listened to in a non-judgemental space. 
I have worked in many areas of child counselling and specialise in child bereavement.



Mon - Fri: 8am - 9pm
Sat: 10am - 6pm 
Sun: Closed

Castle Counselling Services

Michele Gazmuri-Symmes: 07939042368

Jane Smith: 07709667422

Calls will be answered or responded to within the hours of 9am -5pm, please be mindful that although we endeavour to respond to all enquiries within 48 hours, sometimes there may be delays due to the sensitive nature of our work.

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For all enquiries please contact us using the below form - we look forward to hearing from you.

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All of our initial telephone consultations (15 minutes) are free of charge, to allow us to assess our ability to help each client and discuss the nexts steps moving forward. 

Our hourly fee is +£45ph and includes any creative resources used within sessions. Appointments are secured upon payment and cancellations not within the cancellation policy; the full fee will still be payable.

Our fees are reviewed annually in order to remain competitive and inline with the current market.

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