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Welcome. I am a counsellor helping individuals and couples in Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire.

E-mail: info@3ccs.org or
Telephone: 07802 177642

3 Counties Counselling Service offers to adults, both individual and couples counselling and psychotherapy, including EMDR, and also offers professional supervision to other therapists and those in the helping professions, provided by me, Peter Eldridge. You can learn about me (and still contact my last year's 3CCS colleagues) here.

I am a qualified, experienced, and professionally registered, senior accredited and insured member of BACP, the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and an EMDR Europe Accredited EMDR Practitioner. You can see where I practise in Our Counsellors.

I have 12 years of working as part of 3CCS but I must add, to avoid confusion, that I have also worked wholly individually under the name Objective Reach Counselling Services (which is how I am listed on the BACP Find a Therapist Directory) over the same period. Whichever way my clients may find me, I offer them the same: I am a friendly, diverse, capable counsellor and psychotherapist and I spend a very significant proportion of my time keeping myself up to date with knowledge and professional developments in my field.
I offer(for Adults) :-

Counselling and Psychotherapy
Couples/Relationship Counselling.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) Therapy.
EAP (Employee Assistance Program) counselling and psychotherapy.
Other employer-provided Counselling.
Therapeutic Supervision of counsellors, psychotherapists and those in helping professions

I provide confidential, face-to-face counselling therapy sessions in which I will give you my whole attention focus, respect your autonomy, empathise with your feelings and never judge or criticise you. I am an approachable, compassionate, open-minded, authentic therapist who will listen to you in order to understand your world and your relationships within it. I will then do my best to help you with whatever change (or acceptance) you seek.

See how the counselling process works in About Counselling, and what 3CCS clients say in Client Feedback.

Where I Can Help

I have experience working with clients who are concerned by…

- Abuse- Panic attacks
- Addictions- Anger outbursts
- Anxiety- Relationship problems
- Bereavement & Grief - Sexual problems
- Bullying- Shame or Guilt
- Depression- Stress
- Despair- Traumatic experiences
- Eating disorders- Workplace problems
- Phobias- Obsessions/Compulsions

…and many other issues which also prevent people from leading happy, fulfilled, meaningful lives, loving and be loved in return.

More About Me

3CCS is a private practice counselling service. Based in Fleet, Hampshire, I cover the area where the counties of Berkshire, Hampshire and Surrey meet.

I draw upon the following major ways of working with clients:
Person-Centred Counselling, Integrative Counselling, Existential Counselling, Transactional Analysis (TA), Gestalt Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy.

I work from my home in Fleet, from where I serve nearby communities like Aldershot, Cove, Southwood, Farnborough, Yateley, Sandhurst, Blackwater, Farnham, Odiham, Crondall, Reading, Basingstoke, Crowthorne and Wokingham.

You can contact me on 07802 177642 or info@3ccs.org.

My Fees

Individuals: £45 per 60-minute session
Couples: £60 per 60-minute session
Counsellor Supervision: £50 per 60-minute individual session.

Note 1: Concessions, by application, for some unwaged clients and for student counsellors.
Note 2: An additional administrative charge of £5 per session is made to EAPs and companies contracting directly for their employees to see a counsellor at the company's expense.

Many other frequently asked questions are answered in Common Questions.

A Growing Need

Many people in the UK are increasingly finding their lives to be tough, oppressive, anxiety provoking, anger inducing, fearful, confidence-sapping, loveless, wretched, lonely, depressing or simply unbearable.

And I’m not just thinking about the poor, the abused, the elderly infirm, the sick and the ill-educated, all of whom face particular and evident challenges to their well-being.

None of us lead “simple, happy, loved, untroubled” lives. This is irrespective of our backgrounds, incomes, health, education and job titles. We all face ups and downs in our day to day experiences, relationships, job satisfaction, political environment, the meaning we find to our lives, and our general well-being. But such traumas are becoming bigger, more frequent, and more at the same time!

Faster and more powerful communication, information access and social networking may seem a good thing but these add to the pace and emotional pressure of modern living and diminish real person to person contact. Many perfectly intelligent people find the technologies involved to be expensive, unreliable, ever-changing and non-intuitive to use, bringing anxiety and despair. Hacking is rife. Our personal details are no longer secure. Online news sources can no longer be trusted.

Medical advances improve our physical health so we live longer, but that can mean working longer and suffering age-related illnesses and dementia longer - adding further stress to patients, and those that care for them. Our national systems of health and social care no longer have the resources and organisation (and public cooperation) they need to keep up with our needs.

Post-traumatic stress disorder no longer results only from warfare, assault, rape, major natural disasters or horrific traffic accidents but increasingly also from long term exposure to anger, abuse, neglect, anger, bullying, family conflict, relationship stress, and relentless criticism or control from others, especially when we are young - i.e. from a lack of a loving, constantly available, secure attachment.

Rates of depression, suicide, self-harm and panic attacks grow steadily, as do addictions, both in types and numbers of people affected. Women are depressed far more often than men, but men commit suicide much more frequently than women, so a 'one size fits all' gender approach to mental health can be inappropriate.

And according to survey findings released in July 2017, one in three UK workers currently have a health and wellbeing issue, with the most common problems being anxiety, depression and stress.

The NHS acknowledges that there may well be some 6,000,000 people in England suffering from depression and/or high levels of anxiety, yet its mental health counselling service is able to help less than 1% of them annually. Their IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) programme is only designed to meet 15% of the needs of people with mild to moderate anxiety and/or depression (imagine the public uproar they'd encounter if they aimed to treat only 15% of people with cancer, heart disease, diabetes, broken limbs, etc.!).

As a result, compassionate, professional counselling and psychotherapy help is now required more than ever before. BACP's national public attitudes survey, conducted by Ipsos MORI in March 2014, questioned 2084 UK people aged 16–75 and revealed that 28 per cent had consulted a counsellor/psychotherapist, which is seven per cent more than in 2010 when the previous survey was carried out. Overall, 54 per cent had sought help from a counsellor or psychotherapist or knew a family member, friend or work colleague who had.

Seeing a counsellor or psychotherapist is increasingly considered an ordinary, everyday activity which many people choose to do in order to improve their mental wellbeing. At the same time, there is growing evidence that 'talking therapies' produce more effective, and longer lasting, beneficial effects than do 'pharmacological pill prescriptions'.

Past UK Governments have promised to improve the nation’s mental well-being but even those responsible now have to admit “However, despite the warm words, one year on, we see the same enduring injustice, the massive economic cost of neglect of mental ill health - estimated to be £105bn a year - and the distress suffered by countless families across the country because of failures of the system adequately to support people in need.” (see the November 2016 statement: http://equality4mentalhealth.uk/PDF/E4MH-Statement.pdf).

So, it is understandable that many people with urgent mental health and well-being needs find the financial means, if they are able to (and realise that they deserve it), get help for themselves by coming to private mental health practitioners like me in 3 Counties Counselling Service.

3CCS serves the local community in the area where Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire come together, including Aldershot, Ascot, Ash, Binfield, Blackwater, Camberley, Cove, Chobham, Crondall, Crowthorne, Egham, Elstead, Eton, Farnborough, Farnham, Fleet, Frimley, Guildford, Hartley Wintney, Lightwater, Odiham, Reading, Sandhurst, Southwood, Staines, Sunningdale, Sunninghill, Twyford, Winkfield, Woking, Wokingham, Woodley and Yateley

I am a counsellor and psychotherapist offering counselling & psychotherapy in Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire.
Serving Ascot, Ash, Binfield, Blackwater, Bracknell, Camberley, Chobham, Cove, Crondall, Crowthorne, Egham, Elstead, Eton, Farnborough, Fleet, Frimley, Hartley Wintney, Lightwater, Odiham, Sandhurst, Staines, Sunningdale, Sunninghill, Twyford, Winkfield, Woking, Wokingham, Woodley and Yateley, and working with anxiety, anger, bereavement, depression, despair, stress, workplace problems, youth issues, panic attacks, relationships, sex, sexual problems, rape, bullying, stress, trauma, abuse, drugs, alcohol, hiv, anger management, living with dementia, parenting problems, diversity, and many other issues, by offering person-centred, integrative, humanistic, psychodynamic, gestalt, TA, existential, cognitive-behavioural and sensorimotor approaches, and EMDR therapy. Other words to help you find us online: berkshire, hampshire, surrey, psychotherapy, psychotherapist, psychotherapists, therapy, therapist, therapists, counselling, counsellor, counsellors, couple, couples, partners, marriage, marital, relationship, relationships, eap, emdr and common misspellings such as counselor, counselors, counselling, edmr, edrm and erdm

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