The Turner Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy, Colchester, Essex

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The Turner Centre for Counselling & Psychotherapy


Due to the current situation, it is important now, more than ever, that people can continue to access our services. Although we continue to offer sessions via Skype or Zoom we now have a large number of therapists who have returned to work face to face from the Turner Centre.

For those who choose to come to the centre for their therapy, we have the following safety measures in place;

-- Antibacterial hand sanitiser on entry and exit
-- Cleaning of door handles and surfaces between clients
-- Only one client/one couple in the waiting room at any one time
-- Staggered session times so clients/therapists do not come into contact with each other
-- Seating arranged to accommodate 2 metre social distancing rule

Please email; [email protected] or phone; 01206 544458 to find out availability - we aim to offer you an appointment within 48 hours.

52, North Hill, Colchester, Essex CO1 1PY

Tel 01206 544458

email: [email protected]

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About the Turner Centre

The Turner Centre is a private counselling & psychotherapy centre with over 34 highly experienced, professional and qualified counsellors, psychotherapists and clinical and counselling psychologists specialising in a range of emotional difficulties as well as providing clinical supervision to qualified therapists and other health care professionals as well as support workers and behavioural specialists in schools. We also hold seminars and workshops for therapists and other health professionals.

The centre is comfortable and welcoming and is situated in the centre of Colchester town. It is easily accessible via public transport and there are several car parks nearby the nearest having a pedestrian entrance in North Hill, just across the road.

Our therapists
We see individuals, couples, children, and teenagers, families and groups. We have a specialist psychosexual psychotherapist who sees couples and individuals experiencing difficulties in their sexual relationship or need to understand their own sexual or gender identity . (We have a student / trainee psychosexual therapist due to start with us at the end of November 2020. She will be able to see couples for a reduced fee of £25 per session) and an art psychotherapist who works with children, teenagers and adults who find it easier to communicate through the medium of art as well as two specialist counsellors who work with children and teenagers.

We also have a specialist EMDR therapist working with people who have experienced trauma or suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder.

All our therapists are qualified in, and work from, a range of models of therapy including; psychodynamic, integrative, CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy), psychosynthesis, systemic and family therapy and transactional analysis for various fees which reflect their experience and qualification - see our 'Models of Therapy' page for an in-depth description of the therapy models and our 'Fees' page for details of our scale of fees.

Low cost counselling £15 per session

We can offer low cost counselling from our student / trainee counsellors. They are on placement at the centre and in their second or third year of training and are required to see individuals as part of their qualifying. These are mature trainees / students who have often had other careers in the health service or mental health before deciding to embark on a counsellor or psychotherapy training. They are able to work with a range of emotional difficulties. If you would like to see one of our students, you will need to see a qualified therapist initially to ensure the student can adequately support you. The fee for the initial appointment is also £15.

We work from early in the morning until late into the evening and a small number of our therapists work on a Saturday and Sunday. Our child and adolescent counsellors works after school hours (from 4pm) on a Monday and Tuesday and has appointments on a Saturday and Sunday.

All our counsellors, psychotherapists and psychologists are registered with one of the main therapy organisations and work to a code of ethical practice ensuring a high standard of care.

We have a part-time administrator who will usually take your call and ask you your availability and discuss with you what you are looking for as it is important we find the most suitable therapist for you. The therapist will call you and invite you into the centre for an initial appointment. This will allow you to get a sense as to whether therapy might be helpful and to decide if you can work with the therapist. You can have a think about the session afterwards and make contact with the therapist directly if you decide to continue. If the administrator is unavailable when you call, you can leave a message on the answerphone. In this instance one of our therapists will call you back. All calls to our centre are treated confidentially.

If you are looking for counselling in Colchester, longer term psychotherapy in Colchester 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 emotional issues including;

  • anxiety, confusion, fear, panic attacks and feelings of not coping.
  • 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.
  • psychosexual therapy - difficulties including; sexual dysfunction, premature ejaculation, gender identity, lack of interest in sex, other psychosexual issues
  • separation
  • bereavement & loss - however long ago, feelings of grief despair
  • 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
  • addictions; alcohol, drugs, gambling.
  • 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.
  • phobias, obsessions, compulsive behaviours OCD, panic attacks, anxiety.
  • family therapy / family counselling for family problems/issues

Our therapists 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)
  • British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC)
  • UK Register of Counsellors (UKRC)
  • British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)
  • UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
  • British Association for Sexual and Relationship Therapy (BASRT)
  • Association for Family Therapists (AFT)

    Many of our therapists are accredited and qualified to masters degree level 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

    The fees we charge reflect the qualification and experience of our therapists and can range from;

    Sessions for Individuals

    £30 to £80 per session

    CBT and EMDR Therapy ranges from £65 to £85 per session.

    Our most experienced and accredited therapists charge from £45 - £75 (this includes psychosexual therapy)

    Sessions for Couples

    £65 to £100 for a couple therapist who is accredited and has many years of experience.

    * 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

    When thinking about coming into counselling or psychotherapy, it can be helpful to understand a little about the various different models of therapy and how they are used in understanding and dealing with emotional difficulties.

    If you would like to know more about any of the approaches, please do feel free to contact us and we can get one of the therapists who is trained in that particular model to call you and discuss in more detail how it works.

    At the Turner Centre we have counsellors and psychotherapists trained in several of the different models – these include;

    Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

    Psychodynamic Psychotherapy tries to understand reasons behind symptoms, emotional distress and emotional difficulties. It can help you to understand how past experiences, current ways of thinking and relating, and anxieties about the future, are causing difficulties in your present life.

    It is based on the assumption that part of our mind operates outside of our conscious awareness and that early experiences in life are important in later development. These experiences lay down patterns of relating to others, of dealing with feelings and life’s challenges.

    Through the relationship with your therapist and the exploration of your life, you will have the opportunity to gain greater insight into the contributing factors to your current difficulties as well as put into words and come to terms with past experiences and losses.

    Transactional Analysis

    Transactional Analysis thinks about how people are structured psychologically and how they function and express their personality in their behaviour.

    There are four life positions that a person can hold and holding a particular psychological position has profound implications for how an individual operates his or her life.

    It thinks about how our adult patterns of relating and strategies to cope with life originated in childhood and is based on the idea that we all hold a life script which we re-play even when this results in pain or defeat the assumption being that many facets of an individual have a positive value for them in some way.

    The idea that people decide their story and destiny and therefore these decisions can be changed.

    The aim of therapy under TA is to move toward autonomy (freedom from childhood script), spontaneity, intimacy, problem solving as opposed to avoidance or passivity, cure as an ideal rather than merely making progress and learning new choices.

    Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

    Cognitive behavioural therapy focuses on how thoughts, beliefs and attitudes affects feelings and behaviour and teaches the individual coping skills for dealing with different problems. It combines cognitive therapy (examining the thinking) and behaviour therapy (examining actions and behaviour).

    It is based on the idea that how people think about situations can affect the way they feel and behave. For example if a person interprets a situation negatively, then they might also experience negative emotions as a result, and those bad feelings might lead them into behaving in a certain way. If these negative interpretations of situations goes unchallenged, then negative patterns in that person’s thoughts, feelings and behaviour can become part of a continuous cycle.

    In working with a CBT therapist, the idea is that the individual begins to identify and challenge any negative thinking patterns and behaviour which may be causing difficulties. In turn this can change the way the person feels about situations and enable them to change their behaviour in future.

    EMDR Therapy - (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing)

    Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is the NICE guideline recommended treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.

    Most of the tie your body routinely manages new information and experiences without you being aware of it. However, when something out of the ordinary occurs and you are traumatised by an overwhelming event (e.g a car accident) or by being repeatedly subjected to distress (e.g. childhood neglect/abuse), your natural coping mechanism can become overloaded. This overloading can result in disturbing experiences remaining "frozen" in your brain or being "unprocessed" and remembering a trauma may feel as bad as going through it the first time because the images, sounds, smells and feelings have not changed. These unprocessed memories and feelings are stored in the limbic system of your brain in a "raw" and emotional form, rather than in a verbal "story" mode. The limbic system maintains traumatic memories in an isolated memory network that is associated with emotions and physical sensations and which are disconnected form the brain's cortex where we use language to store memories. Traumatic memories can be triggered when you experience events that are similar to the difficult experiences you have been through and painful feelings such as anxiety, panic, anger or despair can often be present. EMDR helps create the connections between your brain's memory networks, enabling your brain to process the traumatic memory in a very natural way. You still remember what happened but it is less upsetting.

    In addition to it's use for post-traumatic stress disorder, EMDR has been successfully used to treat other difficulties such as anxiety and panic attacks, depression, stress, phobias, complicated grief and self esteem and performance anxiety. EMDR tends to be a short term therapy.

    Family / Systemic Therapy

    Family or systemic therapy comes from systems theory which understand the family as working as a system of parts. When one part of the system goes wrong it affects the rest of the system.

    Families are brought together to think about and discuss problems and difficulties with the aim being on the interactions between the individuals rather than focussing on the individuals themselves.

    It looks at the whole family in the wider context of society and how external influences affect interactions. It is important therefore to consider peoples thoughts and beliefs around religion, culture, gender, age, beliefs and to take these beliefs into consideration when attempting to understand the interactions between the individuals and the interactions with the wider context of society.

    Family and systemic therapists will sometimes see members of the family separately to help them think about their part in the system and how they would like to address the other members.

    Sometimes a child, for example, might show a difficult or challenging behaviour or may develop an eating disorder. This symptom will be understood within the context of the family with the dynamics in the family being looked at which may have lead to this behaviour or problem. The family will then be supported in taking steps to look at ways they can all change behaviour to reduce the symptom.

    Integrative Counselling or Psychotherapy

    Integrative therapy attempts to understand emotional problems through a combined theoretical approach which brings together parts of several different approaches. Integrative therapists take the view that there is no single approach that can help someone in every situation.

    Integrative therapy aims to ensure that all levels of a person’s being and functioning (mental, physical and emotional health) are maximised to their full potential.

    The attitude and presence of the integrative counsellor is crucial element of integrative therapy. It is generally believed that the most effective model requires the therapist to be non-judgemental, interpersonal and intent on establishing a supportive and cooperative relationship with their client. They must also engage in deep, attentive listening without the pre-suppositions that can distort understanding.

    This meaningful contract between equals is thought to empower clients - helping them to explore and recognise patterns of behaviour that need to be addressed through change and the setting of new goals. This aspect of integrative therapy is often referred to as the personal integration of therapists - they are committing themselves wholly to their client and their exploration of self.


    Psychosynthesis assumes that in every human being is a vast potential for personal growth – a natural tendency to synthesise all aspects of their being to become the fullest realisation of themselves.

    It practices with the assumption that every person only uses the smallest part of their potential and that we are all capable of leading fulfilling lives. The therapist will focus on the exploration of an individual’s feelings, thoughts, sensations and spirit in order to uncover any internal conflicts and blocks, in order to uncover a person’s inner wisdom. By working through these challenges , people can rediscover inner resources and strengths , which will help to aid personal growth and development.

    Another core belief of this model is that out of every crisis or challenge, something new is seeking to emerge that will lead the person on the path of growth and transformation. Whilst the individual does not have control over what happens, there is control and choice over the response to these events.

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    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 health care professionals in and around Colchester.

    We hold seminars and workshops for practicing therapists, psychologists and other healthcare professionals - please see our 'seminar and workshop' page for more information.

    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 aim to offer you an appointment within 48 hours

    Counselling in Colchester and psychotherapy in Colchester

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