Our counselling team

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About us

Over 50+ years combined experience

Changes 4 Life was founded in 2002 by Vanessa Boudier in Reading, Berkshire. Since then Changes has expanded across the counties of Hampshire and Oxfordshire and now provides Counselling, Psychotherapy, Hypnotherapy, EMDR/IEMT and Coaching services to adults, children (11+) and young people.

The practice is known as one of the most sought after therapy practices in the Home Counties, with the team having an impressive combined 50+ years of therapeutic experience for you to benefit from. This experience is a significant reason their clients experience significant change.

This experience is the main reason their clients experience significant change, move towards their goals, build their resilience, create success, build self esteem, confidence and regain control over their life to create better and happier futures.

Most clients are referred from previous clients, healthcare professionals and our work has also been regularly featured on the local radio plus featured on the BBC (for weight loss) in addition to local community publications over the years.

Vanessa, Jacqui and the Changes 4 Life team offer you a confidential, open-minded, non-judgemental, clear, “down to earth," professional and caring approach. This is at the heart of each team members practice.

All of the team undertake regular continued professional development ensuring they are up to date with the latest regulations and developments in counselling, psychotherapy, coaching and hypnotherapy.

The team all have different disciplines and specialist areas so please feel free to check through if there is a particular area that you would like to address.

Who we are

Meet our team

Vanessa Boudier - Changes 4 Life

Vanessa Boudier

Founder & Director

Jacqui Vaughan - Changes 4 Life

Jacqui Vaughan


Hannah Barducci - Changes 4 Life

Hannah Barducci


Keri Powell - Changes 4 Life

Keri Powell

Hypnotherapy & EMDR Practitioner, Trainee counsellor

Mandy Kaur Lal - Changes 4 Life

Mandee Kaur Lal

Therapeutic Coach

Craig Everard - Changes 4 Life

Craig Everard


Lada Shustova-carter - Changes 4 Life

Lada Shustova-Carter

Relationship and Couples Counsellor

Andrea Sharman - Changes 4 Life

Andrea Sharman

Psychotherapeutic Counsellor

Deborah Winyard - Changes 4 Life

Deborah Winyard

Hypnotherapist and EMDR Practitioner

Hannah Benson - Changes 4 Life

Hannah Benson

Counselling for Young People and Adults

Nicole Biggs - Changes 4 Life

Nicole Biggs


Hannah Benson - Changes 4 Life

Rebecca Minter

ADHD Coach

Laura Carter - Changes 4 Life

Laura Carter

Clinical Administrator

Nicola Wills - Changes 4 Life

Nicola Wills

Integrative Counsellor

Life has a little habit of ‘happening’

We don’t know what we don’t yet know and because of this we can sometimes experience significant challenges in different degrees at various times in our lives. We may need a little support to work through them and it is important to reach out and engage with trained professionals who are approachable, professional and compassionate. Our team understand that clients can benefit from an integrative approach where counselling and psychotherapy can also include Hypnotherapy, Coaching, NLP or EMDR to help them work through the challenges in the shortest possible time with an approach tailored individually for them.

Within Changes 4 Life the quality of therapeutic relationship is nurtured, focusing on helping their clients to feel heard, comfortable, safe and able to express themselves, which means they can make sense of their challenges quickly whilst working towards taking control back of their life once again.

It can be very normal for new clients to feel a little nervous, apprehensive or even vulnerable when considering disclosing private and personal information to someone you don’t know very well yet. This is the reason that we offer every client a free 20 minute telephone or video call session with their chosen team member to explore and identify together the best approach for you and to help you feel at ease with the process.

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Laura CollettLaura Collett
10:04 27 Jan 23
I’ve been seeing Vanessa for a whole host of different and complex mental health reasons for a number of years. Sometimes I go for months and months without needing her support and other times I see her weekly - that’s one of the great things about her, the adaptability to my needs. Vanessa is supportive, professional, and extremely knowledgeable across a wide breadth of issues and treatments / approaches. Without doubt the best therapist I have ever worked with and I couldn’t recommend her more highly.
Christine TaylorChristine Taylor
09:23 22 Jan 23
Vanessa was recommended through a close friend and I cannot thank them both enough. Since our sessions began a little under a year ago Vanessa has helped me create a deeper understanding of myself and others and has equipped me with the knowledge to continue to improve my life, I’ll be forever grateful for this! Vanessa is a very warming, professional and highly experienced therapist and I look forward to developing myself more with her help 🙂
19:25 28 Sep 22
Vanessa was recommended to me by a friend, earlier this summer and turned out to be exactly what I needed in order to help me sort out my issues.She is very down-to-earth and sensible and after asking questions and really listening to what one has to say, has a lot of insight into what may be troubling you - which she easily translates into ways that show a depth of discernment with understanding and sympathy, combined with practical help based on both theory and practical experience.Within weeks I was able to see a way forward and regain my sense of purpose.I cannot recommend Vanessa highly enough.
Claire EdwardsClaire Edwards
09:04 08 Feb 22
Vanessa is a very caring, compassionate and experienced counsellor. She makes you feel at ease even when it may feel hard to open up, I found her very easy to talk to. There are no words to completely describe just how much she has helped me and how our sessions have already had such a positive impact on my life. I highly recommend Vanessa and thank her from the bottom of my heart for helping me.
Tamsin PaolaTamsin Paola
21:06 07 Feb 22
My daughter (age 9) has been seeing Vanessa for several months. Vanessa does such a good job of engaging her in a variety of activities and she looks forward to every session. As a result of the sessions, my daughter is clearly gaining an understanding of herself that is helping her to better manage some of her challenges. I also feel I have learnt so much about my daughter and how I can support her. Vanessa is extremely approachable, professional and supportive and I’d highly recommend her services.