Counselling Therapists


The opportunity of being able to talk to someone either on a 1:1 basis, with a partner or as a family is available. We will listen first and foremost and work with you to provide the support you need – offering unbiased objectivity, unlocking the issues, developing coping strategies that will help you on your journey to greater self esteem and resilience, feeling confident to face the future.

The list is not extensive, so please call us even if you feel the help you need is not mentioned below.

Subsidised Low Cost Counselling.  We are aware that times are tough for a great many people and we have devised a way to help fund services for those who are facing financial difficulties and are receiving benefits.  Please call us to talk through your circumstances and we hope to be able to find a solution that meets your individual needs.

Louise Lancaster.  Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling - MBACP. Tel: 07795 098161

Based in Saffron Walden, Louise is a qualified BACP registered counsellor / psychotherapist experienced in working with both young people (11+ years) and adults.   My clients come with a broad range of issues including Anxiety and Depression, difficulties with relationships (with family, friends and partners), work/school related problems, addictive or self-harming behaviours, domestic abuse, low self esteem, body image and eating issues.

I provide a quiet, safe space where you can take all the ‘stuff’ you can’t take anywhere else.  I will share the load and help you to make sense of what is going on in your life.  Building trust between us will take some time but there is no judgement, only acceptance of you as a unique individual, whatever age you happen to be.  The work is about exploring your experiences present and past and understanding your thoughts and feelings and behaviours.  This work can be very enlightening for many people.  It can also be difficult and painful but is an essential, ultimately empowering, part of the process. For some clients, gaining an understanding of their internal world is enough.  Others need to address how they have come to this point in their lives, look at what they would like to change and where they might go from here.

Andy Clare.  MSc Counselling.  MBACP. Tel: 07805 026269

Based in Saffron Walden, Andy has been running his own private counselling practice since 2015 having gained and MSc in Counselling from Bristol University.   He's able to help clients presenting with anxiety, low mood, depression and work-related stress.  He was also a CRUSE counsellor and support clients having experienced domestic abuse.

He has been involved with corporate mental health consulting for a number of years and provides coaching and training for leaders, managers and facilitators in the workplace.

He will provide you with a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space where together you can build a therapeutic relationship that can help unravel and explore the thoughts, feelings and difficulties you are struggling to make sense of.

Gill Ryan. Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling - MBACP. Tel: 07813 640344

Gill is a person centred counsellor that works in a non directive, humanistic way as she believes you are the expert in your own life.  She has considerable experience of counselling adults as well as children and young people.  Her clients come from a broad range of areas as she has offices in Loughton, Stansted and more recently Saffron Walden.  Gill has worked at SPARK with children and young people, helping to raise their self esteem; The Haven where she supported victims of abuse and in private practice on a 1:1 basis helping to manage trauma, anxiety, stress, infidelity and difficulties in relationships and all issues that affect confidence and positivity.

Gill provides a safe, non-judgemental environment and will be with you step by step in your journey to find change and realise your true potential.

Jane Jackson. BA (Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy, MBACP. Tel: 07946 570564

Talking to a Therapist can alleviate that burden, by sharing in therapy your thoughts and feelings it can help you understand your emotions and feelings in a way that is supportive, non judgemental and confidential. You may have tried to resolve these feelings and thoughts on your own or talked to some degree with friends or not talked about issues for years, if at all.

Jane is a person centred psychotherapist and a member of the BACP specialising in many issues including ADHD, Bipolar, Bereavement, Self Harm, etc.  She is also a trained Schema Therapist which focuses on long term beliefs often stemming from childhood.

She has gained a BA (Hons) in Counselling Psychotherapy, focusing on adults whilst volunteering for hospices, The Samaritans and Home-Start.  Jane is based in Thaxted, Essex.  Please find more about Jane on

Gill Wharmby.  Diploma HE Counselling or Children & Young People.  Tel: 07539 422424

Gill is a member of the BACP and committed to working in according to their Ethical Framework. 

She works with children and young adults tackling the issues that a 21st century life presents.  Issues such as exam stress, concerns over body image and identity, self harm, transition from primary school, bullying, gaming and social media pressure. 

Feeling lost and alone, trauma and abuse have all presented regularly in her counselling work and she never underestimates the benefits of providing a child with the chance to be heard and feel valued.  Empowerment and raised self esteem is at the heart of her work which she conducts from her room in Henham, Essex.  

Maria Pieretti. National Council of Psychotherapists,  Diploma in NLP, TFT and Hypnotherapy.  Tel: 07852 528411

Maria’s studies, research and experience have led her to specialise in helping people to understand how their reality, thoughts and emotions interact and contribute to the way they feel and behave.   She then equips them with the tools and strategies to deal with these feelings and behaviours.

Maria's therapy room is in Bury St Edmunds, and offers a safe, comfortable environment, where clients can discuss any issues in total confidence.  She also offers home sessions when working with children so is able to travel.

As well as working with Families and Couples, she has worked in the education system for over 20 years, before becoming a therapist who now works with children and teens.  She specialises in helping those struggling with anxiety, stress, OCD, depression, addiction and grief.  She is a qualified Human Toolbox Practitioner, a qualified Psycho-Image Therapist and is accredited by the National Council of Psychotherapists and Suffolk Association for Counselling.