Sexuality and Gender Issues
Behavioural and Emotional Issues
Fostering and Children
Adoption Counselling
Relationship Breakdown
Family Therapy

Adoption Counselling

Fostering and Children

Family Therapy

Behavioural and Emotional Issues

Relationship Breakdown

Sexuality and Gender Issues


Who we are

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Alton Counselling Services; we work with birth families, adoptees and adoptive parent(s). We practice in central Southend with close-by parking and easy access by bus and train.

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About Me


Our Services

  • Relationship Breakdown
  • Adoption Counselling
  • Fostering and Children
  • Family Therapy
  • Behavioural and Emotional Issues
  • Sexuality and Gender Issues

We are all so different and sometimes unaware of other peoples’ feelings.  ‘My partner doesn’t understand me’; ‘we don’t talk’; ‘we don’t have fun!’  Sometimes we know we are ‘pushing buttons’.  Sometimes it is on a deeper psychological level.  If two people want to work on their relationship, having counselling can help.  Do we really […]



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I qualified as an adoption counsellor in 2008.  I am an adoptive parent myself and understand attachment issues.  All behaviours reflect communication and our children carry so much baggage from their early formative years.  I can help you understand your children’s behaviour/emotions better, and find a way forward.  I work with adoptive parents, adoptees and […]



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I have vast experience working in social care, education and youth work and have worked with various ages of children/young people in care homes and foster care.  Within schools I worked with adolescents who were not accessing education.  I worked with the young person and their family.  Every person has so much potential; often life […]



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Counselling can bridge gaps that develop within families.  A counsellor is detached from the emotions that exist and can encourage dialogue in a non judgemental way.  Achievable goals can be set for group members to work towards.  Each family member is given a voice to be heard and listened to.  Individual needs are explored and […]



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We might not like someone’s behaviour although it shouldn’t mean we don’t love them!  Often the two get bound together.  Why do we keep behaving in the same way?  If we can understand repeating negative patterns we can slowly make changes.  We all feel low or depressed at certain times in our lives.  This include […]



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We are all equal aren’t we?!  Do we feel comfortable in our own skin?  Counselling gives the opportunity to fully explore ourselves and to move forward positively.  We have a right to be who we are and to feel good about ourselves.  Our self esteem is so important.  It can easily be dented by how […]



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What our clients say

I think we all really benefited from this counselling.  It has been a life-line at a very difficult time.  Our counsellor has really helped the emotional development of the children

Testimonial of Family Counselling

Thank you for being real with me and helping me to find a happier and more fulfilling way forward

Testimonials from Clients

If I am honest my time in counselling with you has changed my life completely

Testimonials from Clients

I am lucky to have the power and flexibility to learn and change.  I realise it is ongoing Steve – I thank you for your part in that achievement

Testimonials from Clients

My goals are different, rational, without pressure and developing into what the real me wants

Testimonials from Clients

Your professional assistance and the many approaches I took to change my outlook put me in a space where I wanted to just enjoy life and bathe in the feelings that I struggled to reach for many years

Testimonials from Clients

My life is richer now and although a lot of what is around me remains the same my framing is totally different

Testimonials from Clients

To have someone understand completely and validate how I’m feeling; no if’s and but’s or maybe and without trying to fix it

Testimonials from Clients

I now feel accepted, valued and worthwhile

Testimonials from Clients

He listens to my way of explaining things

Testimonial of Adopted 12 year old child

Steve has helped hugely, for us to make sense of our children’s deep hurt.  He has helped us deal with their behaviour

Testimonials from Adoptive Parents

Our counsellor has been very patient and extremely supportive of us during the ups and downs in trying to maintain a relationship with our son

Testimonials from Adoptive Parents

Steve has personal experience of challenging adopted children which really helps

Testimonials from Adoptive Parents

Steve’s easy to talk to and put me at ease

Testimonials from Adoptive Parents

The fact that Steve is an adoptive parent means he can relate to our concerns.  He’s very easy to talk to

Testimonials from Adoptive Parents

I have more empathy and understanding of the children’s behaviour

Testimonials from Adoptive Parents