The Turner Centre
for Counselling and Psychotherapy, Colchester, Essex

Welcome to The Turner Centre for Counselling & Psychotherapy

41a Head Street, Colchester Essex CO1 1NH

Tel 01206 544458


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About the Turner Centre

The Turner Centre is a private counselling & psychotherapy centre in Colchester Essex. It is located in Head Street which is in the heart of Colchester town centre. Being so central it can be easily accessed from Sudbury, Braintree, Coggeshall, Chelmsford, Hadleigh, Ipswich, Halstead, Kelvedon, Coggeshall and Chelmsford by public transport and there are several car parks nearby the nearest being just 3 minutes walk away.

The centre occupies a grade II listed building and is beautifully furnished to a high standard enhancing it's many orginal features and creating an atmosphere of calm and tranquillity. The rooms are airy and comfortable and there is a large spacious waiting area.

We have experienced and professional counsellors, psychotherapists, CBT (cognitive behavioural therapists) and a clinical psychologist specialising in a range of emotional issues and models of therapy which include; psychodynamic, integrative, person centred, CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy), transactional analysis, psychosynthesis and transpersonal. Some of them also use art therapy skills and visual work to compliment and enhance exploration.

If you are looking for counselling in Colchester, longer term psychotherapy in Colchester or cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT),do contact us to discuss how we can help.

We aim to offer you an appointment to see a therapist within 48 hours of your request.

Our therapists are experienced in dealing with a range of issues including;

  • anxiety, confusion, fear, panic attacks and feelings of not coping.

  • anger and rage

  • relationship counselling and couple counselling for relationship problems both individually, as a couple or both. This can be any couple ie sexual partners, mother/daughter/son, father/son/daughter etc.

  • sex therapy from psychosexual therapists for sexual problems including sexual dysfunction, gender identity, lack of interest in sex, gender dysphoria and any sexuality issues.

  • separation, divorce.

  • bereavement & loss, - however long ago for feelings of overwhelming grief. Bereavements can be left unresolved for many years after the loss.

  • post traumatic stress

  • depression including post-natal depression, low mood, tearfulness, intense sadness.

  • low self esteem, lack of confidence, feelings of inadequacy.

  • loss of meaning and purpose in life, life changes; redundancy, retirement etc.

  • addictions; alcohol, drugs, gambling.

  • self harm. Counselling for all aspects and areas of self harm.

  • sexual abuse, emotional abuse, physical abuse and domestic violence.

  • health problems, life threatening and terminal illness.

  • Stress at work

  • "mid-life crisis"

  • eating disorders / eating problems including anorexia, bulimia, compulsive eating.

  • adoption issues and adoption related difficulties and feelings. Counselling for all aspects of adoption.

  • phobias, obsessions, compulsive behaviours OCD, panic attacks, anxiety.

  • child & adolescent counselling for behaviour & emotional difficulties including autism.

  • family therapy / family counselling for family problems/issues

We also work with solicitors in Collaborative Law in Colchester dealing with marital/relationship and family issues.

About the therapists

We are a group of experienced and professional counsellors and psychotherapists offering a range of therapy models. We see individuals, couples, families, children and adolescents and groups.

We are all qualified independent practitioners and registered with at least one of the main national therapy organisations including

  • British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

  • UK Register of Counsellors (UKRC)

  • British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)

  • British Association for Sexual and Relationship Therapy (BASRT)

    Many of us are accredited as well as using many different additional skills to enhance our work.

    Each therapist is bound by their relevant professional body's Code of Ethics and subject to their Professional Conduct Procedure and we all hold current Professional Indemnity Insurance.

    Fees and referrals

    We are a private counselling and psychotherapy centre so have a scale of fees ranging from £15 per session. Our average cost is around £25 - £45. We do have a number of therapists who have places available at the lower end for those on restricted incomes.*

    We also have two students on placement in their last year of study who are able to see clients as part of their training for £6 per session.

    * Please feel free to enquire about our fees.

    We take referrals directly from individuals, GPs, psychiatrists, specialist consultants, social workers, private industry, solicitors and other professionals.

    Models of Therapy

    The way we work varies from therapist to therapist and includes;

    Psychodynamic counselling/psychotherapy

    Psychodynamic therapy comes from psychoanalysis and the work of Freud and subsequent theorists who have developed many of the concepts. If focuses on the importance of unconcious processes and past experiences as central in understanding current feelings and behaviour. It uses the relationship with the therapist to understand how these unconcious patterns are transferred from the earliest childhood relationships into current relationships. As the individual becomes more aware of these unconcious motivations and how they influence relationships, self worth, defence mechanisms, intimacy, anxiety, change becomes possible.

    Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

    Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) focuses on the thoughts that control feelings and behaviour. It encourages thinking about oneself in relations to other people and the world and the ways in which thoughts and feelings affect actions and vice versa. The focus is on changing the links which connect the thought to the feeling and then to the action enabling negative thoughts to be transformed into more positive ones. CBT can be effective for anxiety, phobias, obsessions, compulsive disorders, depression, bereavement, OCD and many psychiatric disorders.

    Person Centred Counselling/Psychotherapy

    Person Centred counselling was developed by Carl Rogers. He believed that the individual has the ability and strength to heal himself providing the therapist creates an environment of empathy, genuineness and acceptance. The power of the human being to achieve this healing is fundamental to Person Centred Therapy.

    Integrative counselling psychotherapy

    Integrative Therapy tends to use several models of psychotherapy or counselling together, depending on the difficulty expressed by the individual, rather than separate models of theory.

    Transactional Analysis

    Transactional Analysis is a way of understanding how we continue to relate to others and the world through patterns we developed in childhood - which may have served a useful survival purpose back then but now may be destructive and damaging. An awareness of these patterns enables change and a more effective and mature way of relating.

    Please see our Information page for more information.


    We facilitate self awareness groups, depression & anxiety and/or panic attack groups, anger management groups, group therapy and supervision groups.

    We are looking to set up other groups for; couples with relationship problems, bereavement, eating disorders, obsessive and compulsive disorders (OCD), sexual abuse, self harm, adoption difficulties. If you are interested in being part of any of these do let us know or if you are looking to set one up yourself we have a group room which can be hired.

    Supervision and CPD

    We provide supervision for practicing counsellors, psychotherapists, CBT Therapists (cognitive behavioural therapy), Social Workers and other professionals in and around Colchester and CPD in the form of seminars and workshops.

    For an informal chat about the services we provide and/or to arrange an appointment, please telephone The Turner Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy directly on 01206 544458. If there is no one to personally answer your call at the time you phone, leave your name and phone number and one of our therapists will get straight back to you.

    Tel 01206 544458

    We can offer you an appointment within 48 hours

    Colchester Counselling & Psychotherapy in the centre of Colchester Essex

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