ABOUT US

  • The Dovecote is a network of independent counsellors in the community.
  • We are all professionally qualified to at least diploma level, and are experienced counsellors, who are accredited or working towards accreditation.
  • We are committed to offering high quality, caring and confidential help.
  • We abide by the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) Ethical Framework and are all members of professional organisations such as ACC (Association of Christian Counsellors) or BACP.
  • We use a variety of integrative therapeutic approaches including psychodynamic, person-centred, systemic and play therapy.
  • Our services are available to anyone, regardless of religion, gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation.
  • All Dovecote counsellors have a Christian faith.
  • The Dovecote has its own designated entrance, and comprises a first floor suite of rooms, with a waiting room and three counselling rooms, one of which is a larger room equipped for children, young people, families and group work.


MEET THE COUNSELLORS

Liz Somervell

Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

Contact: 07974 574053
liz@dovecotecolchester.co.uk

I am an experienced counsellor here to help and support you through difficult times.

I aim to provide a safe, caring, friendly and non-judgmental space, and through a combination of person-centred and psychodynamic techniques, seek to enable clients to reach a better understanding of themselves and others, and to discover their full potential.

Since 2004, I have had the privilege of working with both adults and young people exploring their thoughts, feelings, and beliefs - both past and present.

I strongly believe that warm, empathetic listening is the key to establishing a successful therapeutic relationship and enabling change to happen.

I have worked on both a long-term and short-term basis with clients on a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, low mood, loss, self-harm, bereavement and family and relationship problems.

I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me if you would like to find out more about how counselling works and what it could offer you.

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TETTA LEY

Counsellor
Registered Member of ACC and Enhanced DBS

Contact: 07971 443397
tetta@dovecotecolchester.co.uk

The difficulties and issues which we encounter in life can sometimes feel overwhelming, or we may just come to a point in our lives where we feel stuck, trapped by situations or circumstances. Often it is helpful to explore these feelings and events, at our own pace and depth, with someone in the context of a safe, secure and trusted relationship.

I believe that counselling is about helping you to develop insights into your problems and enabling you to find your own resources and strengths to deal with them.

I have a Diploma in Counselling and offer integrative, person-centred counselling which is tailored to meet the needs of the individual. My experience includes working with anxiety and stress, addictions, bereavement and loss, coping with major life changes, depression, fertility issues, low self confidence and relationship issues.

Please contact me if you would like to explore this further.

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JANET JONES

Counsellor and Play Therapist
Registered Member of BACP
Enhanced CRB


Contact:07729 724089
janet@dovecotecolchester.co.uk

Adult Counselling

If you are going through difficult times and would like to explore your thoughts and feelings and come to understand your problems better, I would like to be there for you and provide the safe, confidential space and non-judgemental and supportive relationship in which you could do this.

I believe that you have the ability within yourself to clarify these unresolved issues, but may need someone to enable you to use those abilities.

I also believe that having access to creative media, such as sand tray, clay, puppets and art materials can deepen and enhance this exploration, but only if you want to include them in your process. I am a person centred counsellor with a Diploma in Counselling and have over 10 years experience working with adults in the charity sector and private practice.

I have experience working with depression, stress, anxiety, DID, abuse, bereavement, loss, relationship difficulties, anger management, low self esteem, low self confidence, self harm, trauma and spirituality.

Play Therapy
As I have an interest in how creative mediums aid and enable change I have also trained in Play Therapy and work with children and adolescents as a Play Therapist. Often they find it easier to communicate through play and creative work and I can be alongside them helping them to work through and process the feelings they have difficulty putting into words.

I have a Post Graduate Diploma in Play Therapy and have worked in schools and private practice for over 5 years. Please do contact me for an appointment or further information.

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MELANIE EVANS

Relate Trained Counsellor
Working with both couples and individuals
Enhanced DBS


Contact: 07795 124045
mel@dovecotecolchester.co.uk

I am an experienced Relate trained counsellor now working in private practice.

Many of us experience difficulties managing our relationships. The inability to communicate effectively can considerably undermine the quality of our relationships. Poor communication can be difficult to manage alone and a trained relationship counsellor can help.

Your relationship struggles may not be confined to your intimate partner but may extend to the wider family, the workplace or indeed any social scene.

Our early relationships contribute to the way that we view the world and relate to others. Relationship difficulties (past or present) and other factors, can contribute to all manner of issues that might present in your life today, such as low self-confidence, stress, anxiety, insecurity, anger, depression, dependency upon drugs or alcohol or the use of other strategies for coping. These might serve as a distraction temporarily but generally fail to resolve the underlying issue and often bring further problems.

Counselling can enable you to understand your own and others' thoughts, feelings, needs and behaviours, leading to more pleasure, satisfaction, meaning and connectedness.

Most couples or individuals can benefit from talking to a trained counsellor. I can help you to work through your difficulties, whatever the goal, within a professional and safe environment.

I hold a University Advanced Counselling Diploma (psychodynamic and systemic training) with the Relate Institute/University of Hull and worked for Relate counselling couples and individuals for 9 years. Further, within Relate I worked for The Change Project and the Separated Parents' Information Programme, supporting couples around domestic abuse and managing the impact of conflict upon children with separated parents.

I am furthering my training to include PBSP therapy, a body-mind approach representing the coming together of psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioural and system-orientated principles, along with client-centred attitudes, in one integrated philosophy.