3 Counties Counselling Service

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

E-mail: [email protected] or
Telephone: 07802 177642

3 Counties Counselling Service offers both individual and couples counselling and psychotherapy, including EMDR, to adults (aged 18 and over) and also offers professional supervision to other therapists and those in the helping professions, all provided by me, Peter Eldridge. You can learn about me (and still contact my previous 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.
You can read my Privacy Policy in this link.

I have 14 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 continuously 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
- Pain- 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 also see clients wanting EMDR who travel from much farther distant locations (and I can do 2 hour sessions to minimise their travel, if they wish).

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, Frimley, Ash, Crondall, Reading, Basingstoke, Crowthorne and Wokingham as well as those further afield.

You can contact me on 07802 177642 or [email protected].

My Fees

I like to give plenty of warning of impending fee increases (unchanged in over 4 years for individuals and 10 years for couples) so I mention them below

Individuals: £45 per 60-minute session to increase to £50 from 6th April 2019 for new clients only
Couples: £60 per 60-minute session to increase to £70 from 6th April 2019 for new clients only
Counsellor Supervision: £50 per 60-minute individual session to increase to £55 from 6th April 2019 for new supervisees only

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 low income, the abused, the sick, the elderly infirm, and the poorly educated, all of whom face particular and evident challenges to their well-being.

None of us have continuing “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, as well as fears for the future (e.g. Brexit-related). But such traumas are becoming bigger, more complex, more frequent and more simultaneous!

Faster and more powerful communication, information access and social networking may seem a good thing but they add to the pace and emotional pressure of modern living and diminish real person to person contact. Many perfectly intelligent and resourceful people find the ever-changing and more sophisticated technologies involved to be expensive, unreliable and non-intuitive to use, bringing anxiety and despair. Hacking and other forms of online theft are rife. Our personal details are no longer always secure and many organisations are now making unauthorised use of analytic data concerning us. Many of us don't realise that the dozens of pages of bewildering software or social media Terms and Conditions to which we agreed without reading have given some organisations carte blanche to do anything they like, not only with our own data, but also with the data of all the people in our online or mobile phone address lists. Online news sources can no longer be trusted. They, too, can be fooled by 'fake news' and unwittingly, or uncaringly, republish it.

Social media providers are collecting trillions of bits of information from all of us every day, and massive supercomputing and data mining technologies massage this into specific knowledge about each of us and our individual interests and behaviours. This makes it easier for fraudsters to dupe even the most intelligent people into losing their life savings and/or their hard-earned pensions. Young adults are finding it harder to secure satisfying jobs and to earn enough to get on the housing ladder, or even leave their parental home.

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. Not long ago the King's Fund health think tank found 40% of England's mental health trusts saw their budgets cut. Mental illness accounts for 43% of NHS activity, but receives only 11% of its total health funding.

Post-traumatic stress disorder is no longer caused only by experiences like 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, stress or coercion in relationship, and relentless criticism or control from others, especially when we are young - e.g. 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, especially among women. 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.

At any one time, a sixth of the population of England, aged 16 to 64, have a mental health problem, according to NHS Digital statistics - one in five women, compared with one in eight men.

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.

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'.

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

Increasing numbers among them are coming, as adults, to get help with problems originating much earlier in their lives. One in 5 children aged five to sixteen have a diagnosable mental health condition. Half of all mental health problems are established by the age of 14 and three-quarters of all mental health problems are established by the age of 24. Newer therapies can now deal with such early life harm, now widely known as ACE - Adverse Childhood Experiences.

I am an EMDR Europe Accredited EMDR Practitioner. EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) is the most powerful therapeutic treatment for resolution of past (even childhood) trauma that I know, freeing people to live lives in the present without the adverse effect of past influences (of which many clients may be unaware, e.g. through Repression and/or Dissociation). Unlike most other current practitioners, I choose to increase accessibility to EMDR by charging no greater fee than for any other therapeutic work I perform.

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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