About Us

Who We Are

My name is Steve Hockett and the counselling service I provide is called Alton Counselling Services.  I am a member of BACP.  I qualified in 1996 and have been providing a professional service since then.  I have an Advanced Diploma in Counselling.  In 2008 I qualified as an Adoption Counsellor registered through Barnardo’s.  This enables me to work with birth families, adoptees and adoptive parent(s).  I practice in central Southend with close-by parking and easy access by bus and train.

I attend regular training and adhere to regular ongoing supervision.  My fees are £35 per 50 minute session.  In certain circumstances this can be reduced to £25 and I am happy to discuss this.  Couple counselling is £35 per couple per 50 minute session.   I very much appreciate how difficult counselling can be.  It is important to show warmth and empathy and provide a safe confidential counselling setting.  The amount of sessions is flexible and is decided by you, the client, in consultation with myself.   It is always the client’s decision how often they attend counselling.  Sometimes clients take a break and return when any difficulties arise.

My experiences in counselling are as follows:

I have worked in primary and secondary schools and therefore have a good understanding of children and young people.  Within the school system I have worked on self-esteem and bullying issues.  I also very much enjoy working with families and looking at their relationship needs.  All of my counselling career I have worked with children and young people who have been in the care system.  This is also very rewarding work.

I have worked in GP surgeries where the GP would refer clients to me for counselling to help their patient move forward.  Counselling is never a quick fix and even small steps are progress!  As a client you would only see me as my practice has no other counsellors.  I very much enjoy the challenge of counselling and helping people move forward in their lives.

Some of the areas I work in are:

  • General Anxiety and Depression
  • Life or work related issues; bullying and sexual harassment
  • Couple Relationship breakdown – communication breakdown; leaning how to be non-judgemental in a relationship; building up trust; learning how to compromise and listen to each other
  • Sexuality Issues – gay relationships; family relationships
  • Children and Young people in the care system and family breakdown
  • Adoptive Parents and their adopted children; it is a great challenge adopting children especially those who have suffered from physical and emotional trauma; I help them with attachment issues; behavioural issues; educational problems at school; I also go into schools to explain attachment issues to the staff and explain how it affects behaviour and emotions
  • I work with children with behavioural issues within the school environment helping staff and parents
  • Young people who self harm; working together with their parents

If you would like to contact me for an informal chat please do so or if you prefer you can contact me through email.

 


 

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