Counselling & Psychotherapy


You were born to be real, not perfect...

At some point in our lives we will experience ups and downs, some we can cope with easily and some of these may bring us to a point where we feel stuck, overwhelmed, stressed or just struggle to find a way forward - this is when therapy can help. Counselling and Psychotherapy allows you a safe space to talk and work through those feelings and behaviours that are distressing or troubling to you, helping you to make sense of your experiences both current and past. We can then help you begin to develop healthy and effective strategies to deal with the ups and downs and finding new solutions to old problems.  


The difference between the terms counselling and psychotherapy is very small. A counsellor will utilise psychotherapy to help clients work through their problems. Psychotherapists can also choose from a wealth of approaches to help you understand and explore how you feel. Some therapists also teach skills to help you manage difficult emotions more effectively.  


With over 25 years of combined experience working with both adults and the highly specialised area of adolescents/young people, treatments can be offered on either a short or long term basis. For many years the different theoretical bases were kept separate, in recent years there has been a growing recognition that an element of all theoretical models in treatment can be extremely effective in helping to gain movement forward in the shortest reasonable time for you.  


We use an integrative approach to psychotherapy and counselling to help you draw upon the full range of humanistic, psychodynamic and other therapeutic disciplines to support your change. This provides a solid yet flexible foundation to explore and build upon, by providing a confidential and safe space to explore and work through any problems and issues that may have been troubling you. We then work together to discover other ways of thinking and feeling and responding to your life which can support you moving forward with ownership, empowerment and confidence about your future.  


In counselling and psychotherapy you will be encouraged to:  


Talk about and clarify your problems and challenges  

Look towards the future changes and differences you wish to explore  

Consider the consequences of various options  

Acknowledge the impact of life events on your own well-being  

Help you deal with the challenges that life brings and you may be facing  


What issues can Counselling & Psychotherapy help? 


Counselling can be helpful in a wide variety of situations such as:  

• Stress and Conflict at work Bereavement  

• Depression Loss of confidence and motivation  

• Health problems Relationships  

• Lack of self-esteem Making Decisions  

• Coping in a Crisis Feelings of inner conflict  

• Low Mood  


Working with Adolescents & Young People 11+ 

One of the core areas Changes4Life offers is the highly specialised area of children and young people. Vanessa works both within secondary schools and private practice. Jacqui works within secondary schools, private practice and volunteers with No22 (Windsor and Maidenhead Community Counselling Service for adults and young people). Both are able to provide support for emotional and behavioural difficulties. Both are experienced in working with young people with ADHD, ADD and ASD. Young people can struggle with attachments, friendships, relationships, anxiety, exam stress, confidence, bullying, confidence, behavioural and self-esteem issues to name a few. Enabling young people to make sense of their unique experiences in a safe and confidential space is essential for their foundations as they move on to develop healthy coping strategies for life. Both Vanessa and Jacqui hold full DBS checks and are fully up-to-date with Child Protection and Safeguarding Training.  


What issues can Counselling & Psychotherapy help with an adolescent or young person?  

  • Anxiety (including separation) 

  • Bullying  

  • Low Mood 

  • Self Esteem/Confidence  

  • Exam Stress 

  • Bereavement  

  • Relationship difficulties 

  • Parental separation/divorce  

  • Self-Harming 

  • Attachment Issues  

  • ADHD and ASD 

  • Trauma & Abuse  

  • Depression 

  • Conflicting emotions  

Fees: From £70 session.

“It’s not what happens to us that matters, it’s the attitude we take to it that counts” Epictus