How we can help

The team of psychotherapists and counsellors at The Stockwell Centre, Colchester, are highly experienced and registered and can help with a range of issues which might include:

Relationship Difficulties

Individuals, couples, families, parents and children, or siblings, might experience difficulties with relationships. This can include: relationship breakdown, separation, divorce, relationship problems, fear of intimacy or commitment or attachment disorder. Relationship counselling, couple counselling and family therapy can help by exploring and understanding dysfunctional patterns that have developed and become ingrained. Couple counselling can also help those who have decided to divorce or separate to set aside their differences and reach agreements about children and finances.

Bereavement, loss and life stage issues

Losses, such as: bereavement, divorce, separation, miscarriage, abortion, redundancy, retirement or loss of health, can result in feelings of anger and depression and even physical symptoms (including psychosomatic symptoms) which can last for many years. Other significant milestones in life such as: leaving home, empty nest syndrome, menopause and mid-life crisis, can also have an impact because of the losses they represent. Exploring and understanding these losses can help to resolve current difficulties, paving the way for better more effective ways of coping with future challenges.

Anxiety and Panic Attacks

Exploring the underlying causes and physiological processes involved in feelings of anxiety, fear, anger, worry, not coping and panic, can lead to a greater understanding and can help to control symptoms. The following terms are sometimes used to describe these feelings: depersonalisation, de-realisation, unreality and dissociation. By challenging and changing the thought processes involved a new way of looking at things can evolve allowing positive changes to be made.

Low self esteem. Lack of confidence. Feelings of inadequacy

By providing a safe and confidential setting in which to explore the underlying causes of these feelings the therapist can facilitate a better understanding of these, and the associated feelings of frustration and powerlessness, enabling positive changes to be made.


Depression (including post-natal depression) can manifest as feelings of low mood, sadness, grief, tearfulness, despair, feelings of worthlessness or hopelessness, intrusive or suicidal thoughts. Psychodynamic counselling or psychotherapy can help by exploring and understanding these feelings in the context of early childhood experiences and relationships with the aim of finding a greater sense of purpose and fulfilment.

Loss of health, diagnosis of illness

Counselling can help individuals come to terms with the psychological impact of a diagnosis of a chronic illness, life limiting illness or terminal illness. Understanding the significance of this loss for the individual can lead to acceptance and the alleviation of associated symptoms of anxiety, fear, panic and depression.

Eating Disorders. Anorexia, Bulimia, Compulsive eating, Obesity and Self-harm.

The psychological aspects of these disorders are often rooted in childhood. Exploring this can bring a greater understanding of the underlying causes helping the individual to gain control.

Stress at Work. Bullying. Harassment

Having a greater insight into relationships at work and how unhelpful patterns of behaviour might develop can allow positive changes to be made. Learning strategies to avoid confrontation and to be more assertive can help to resolve many work related difficulties.

Phobias, obsessions, compulsive behaviour, OCD, impulsive behaviour

These behaviours are often an outward expression of underlying difficulties. An experienced therapist will help an individual to reflect on the role of these unhelpful patterns of behaviour and gain an insight and understanding that can help them to gain control.


This can include: sexual abuse, psychological abuse, emotional abuse, physical abuse, domestic violence, childhood sexual abuse. Those who have experienced abuse can be helped by being offered a safe place to work through the issues that are having a significant impact on their lives.

Post traumatic stress, trauma

Trauma can result from being involved in a serious accident or from experiencing a physical attack, rape or sexual assault. It can often leave the sufferer with persistent symptoms such as flashbacks, intrusive thoughts, nightmares, insomnia and irritability. With sensitive and insightful support these symptoms can be resolved so that the individual can move on.

Gender identity, gender dysphoria

Counselling can support individuals who are coming to terms with issues arising out of sexuality and gender identity. The therapist will be non-judgmental and will provide a safe confidential setting in which to explore thoughts and feelings.

Dissociative identity disorder, bi-polar disorder, borderline personality disorder

Our highly qualified and experienced therapists can work effectively with these recognised and life challenging disorders. It some cases it may be appropriate for the therapeutic work to be ongoing alongside support from other NHS mental health services.