Small Steps Counselling Service About Me

My name is Colette Etheridge and I am Small Steps Counselling Service. I qualified as a Counsellor in 2011, gaining my qualification with a distinction, and have been in practice since then. I am an accredited member of The National Counselling Society and am bound by their ethics and regulations. 

In private practice, I have worked with a variety of clients supporting them through depression, anxiety, self-harm, stress and relationship breakdown. Click here to read a little more about these services. I also provide bespoke parenting support working with parents/carers who are struggling with specific behaviours their child is displaying. Click here to read a little more about these services.

I work with you in a collaborative manner using a number of different strategies, depending on which is best for you as an individual. Some clients will only need 6 or 7 sessions – while other clients will need many more. There is no right or wrong number in terms of how many sessions will be attended – this will depend very much on you, the client. I will not judge you but I will support you as you work through your concern.

I work from 2&6 Therapy Rooms in Gloucester, a therapeutic setting which is calming and relaxing for you the client. There is plenty of free parking at the venue and I’m always happy to make you a tea or coffee. 2&6 Therapy Rooms is close the Junction 12 of the M5 and therefore easily accessible to Gloucester and the surrounding areas.

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  • “I didn’t think I needed a counsellor and only went because my wife insisted. However, during our sessions, I began to see things differently and my  own self-confidence increased and my stress reduced. I thought there would be shame in needing to see a counsellor but I have learnt there is no shame in it, sometimes we just need someone who doesn’t know us who will listen!”

     
  • “We went to see Colette due to some problems in our marriage. We had a combination of sessions together and individual sessions, we only needed 6 sessions in the end. Colette taught us how to communicate more effectively with each other and to trust to each other.”

     
  • “Colette was recommended to me by a friend, I went to see her because I was suffering with high anxiety levels. I cried a lot in our sessions but we also laughed a lot, I didn’t feel judged by Colette. I’m now more confident and positive about life. I am now working full time – something I thought would never happen. My anxiety no longer controls me – I control it.”

     
  • “I went to see Colette because I was suffering from depression and was feeling suicidal. I was often tearful during sessions with Colette but felt I could talk openly about my depression and over a period of time, began to reframe my thoughts to become more positive. I still feel low from time to time but feel I now have the tools to manage this better.”

     
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