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Welcome. I am Peter Eldridge, a Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Supervisor and EMDR Practitioner.

I work with adult individuals and couples. My clients bring problems
(often caused by underlying trauma and PTSD), like those below:

Where I Can Help

- 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, confident, meaningful lives, loving and being loved in return.

Where I work

Prior to the Coronavirus pandemic, I worked in person from a dedicated room in my home in Fleet, Hampshire (handy for much of Hampshire, Surrey, and Berkshire – hence the name “3 Counties Counselling Service” - though many clients came from further afield).

You can see where I practise in Our Counsellors. You can read my Privacy Policy in this link.

Now (and in future, in addition, when back to in-person work locally) I work online, or by telephone, with clients from anywhere in the UK. My experience since 22nd March 2020 shows that online face-to-face work is at least as effective as in-person face-to-face work. I can also work by telephone, even using EMDR.

When able to work in-person again, I can serve clients who wish to visit me from 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.

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

When working face-to-face, but online, I currently use Zoom or VSee on my PC. For clients without a PC, laptop or tablet, or with privacy difficulties, I can use WhatsApp Video on our smartphones, if necessary. All three encrypt our conversations end to end, for confidentiality.

I’m a friendly, non-judgemental, empathic, compassionate, authentic, qualified, experienced and professionally insured counsellor & psychotherapist. I’m a professionally Registered and Senior Accredited Member of BACP, the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and am also an EMDR Europe Accredited EMDR Practitioner.

I have been in therapeutic practice since 2005, both under the name
3 Counties Counselling Service (as here) and also as Objective Reach Counselling Services (which is how I appear on the BACP website in their ‘Find A Therapist’ directory).

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 spend a lot of my time keeping up to date with professional developments, new ways of working and current research into the psycho-somatic way that the brain and the body work together, so I can work effectively, efficiently, powerfully and with least upset to my clients.

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

What I Have Learned

My clients bring me many different life problems (see ‘Where I Can Help’ above), yet we invariably overcome them together by focusing on the past traumas that underlie them and the PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) that can result. Not just Traumas with a big ‘T’, like warfare, explosion, earthquake, tsunami, avalanche, major road traffic accident, rape, serious illness, etc., but also traumas with a small ‘t, that very often originate in childhood. These are now called ACE, Adverse Childhood Experiences, which may be caused by any of the four forms of abuse (mental, physical, sexual or neglect) from any source or by ‘other attachment wounds’, i.e. children feeling unsafe &/or unloved because either parent (or other primary carer) becomes absent, drunk, high on drugs, psychotic, depressed, or imprisoned, or the parents fight in front of them or within earshot.

Anyone interested in finding their own ACE Score (max 10) can do so by typing “ACE Questionnaire” into Google (or other search engine) and completing it. The higher the score above zero, the more likely you are to have ACE-caused traumas that stay with you in later life. Research showed that a high ACE score increases your likelihood of unsatisfactory relationships, professional failures, addictions, poor mental and physical health, unwanted pregnancies, imprisonment, and PTSD.

I can help people with past traumas that still upset them to think about, and turn them into ‘just memories’ that no longer upset or disturb them, including changing negative self-thoughts into positive ones and eradicating accompanying long held, uncomfortable body sensations.

Such traumas subject us to frequent losses of rationality (so we can’t think straight) and we become angry, anxious, panicked, fearful or depressed. Then we are prey to abuse, addictions, OCD, eating disorders, self-harm, suicidality and loss of self-esteem, self-worth and self-confidence.

Couples with one or both partners thus affected will have great difficulty communicating honestly and will easily succumb to frequent rows, tiffs, disagreements or fights. When I work with couples (or individuals concerned by poor relationship with their, non-present, spouse or partner) I encourage more honest communication (of feelings as well as thoughts) and help them see each other as normal human beings who are just struggling with their own ACE (and the traumas causing, and the PTSD resulting) leading to quite normal negative outcomes that we can do something about together!

I am fortunate to have learned (in September 2018) a new variant of EMDR (originally named as Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) called FLASH. The key difference from standard protocol EMDR is that FLASH is less re-traumatising, acts much faster and causes no emotional ‘meltdown’ or dissociation. For the most part my clients can think of a really happy memory, instead of the past trauma, yet their brain still reduces the upsetting past trauma to ‘just a non-disturbing memory of past experience’.

You can find out more about me, including a map of where I practise when able to do in-person work, from my home in Fleet, Hampshire, under here.

I usually offer 60-minute sessions, but can do longer ones for clients with long journey times or who prefer fewer, longer sessions. Online work involves no travel (time or cost) so lends itself to 60 minute sessions.

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 aspects of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy.

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

My Fees

Individuals: £50 per 60-minute session
Couples: £70 per 60-minute session
Counsellor Supervision: £55 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.

By the way, unlike many other practitioners, I choose to increase your accessibility to EMDR by charging no more for it than for any other therapeutic work I also perform.

Many other frequently asked questions are answered in Common Questions.

Why See a Therapist in Private Practice?

NHS Mental Health Services are free, but are not able (or even designed or funded) to meet anything close to the needs of England’s population, and often have long waiting lists. Parity with physical health care has long been promised by various governments, but remains far from delivery. Many people in the UK are finding their lives to be tough, worrying, insecure, unfulfilled, lonely and sometimes without meaning or purpose, let alone having current fears from Brexit and Coronavirus.

Few of us have ‘simple, happy, comfortable lives’. Stress and anxiety is rising, as are fear and panic. Depression overwhelms ever more people. Addictions and self-harm increase. Social networking overwhelms the young, often leading to online bullying (‘trolling’ causing young suicides to increase). Many people feel despair, hopelessness and helplessness.

Psychiatrists, psychologists and medical clinicians diagnose an ever-growing range of mental illnesses and disorders. Pharmaceutical drugs are prescribed in growing quantities, despite many often doing next to no good, or even more harm than good. Concentrating on cure (or even ‘slight improvement’), they rarely understand the origins of the conditions they diagnose, and that they derived from Nurture, not Nature. Adverse Childhood Experiences, and prior traumatic adult experiences, are not generally explored. One in five children aged 5 to 16 have a diagnosable mental health condition. Half of all mental health problems are established by the age of 14, and three-quarters by age 24.

Yet talking therapies can help undo the previous harm. The ever more understood workings of the brain, and its relationship with the body, inform us therapists much more nowadays.

Counsellors and psychotherapists, if aware, can use newer therapies (like EMDR) to undo the harms of past traumas (for ever) and help their clients to stay calm and in control of their lives, and to learn to work to keep their relationships harmonious and mutually supportive. These are significantly less available under the NHS, which prefers to use treatments based predominantly on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), hoping you can ‘think your way out of an upset’ (when the upset may make straight thinking the last thing you can do!) so that explains why so many people are investing in private practice therapy, if they can afford it.

It involves cost, but what could be more important than your well-being?

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 and, via online or telephone counselling, the rest of the UK.

I am a counsellor and psychotherapist offering counselling & psychotherapy in-person (pandemic permitting) to Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire, and online to the UK as a whole
Serving, when in-person, 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, when online, the whole of the UK. I work with anxiety, anger, bereavement, depression, despair, stress, workplace problems, family issues, panic attacks, relationships, sex, sexual problems, rape, bullying, stress, trauma, abuse, drugs, alcohol, 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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