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.
“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.”