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Lucy Summerscales

Integrative Counsellor Colchester & Ipswich

Lucy Summerscales

My approach

My training is integrative, which means that I can draw on a number of different counselling therapies for a combined approach. My belief is that there is no one theory that can fit all clients in all circumstances. Each person needs to be considered as a whole, in their own context. Many different theories have value and I have integrated them within my own philosophy.

Integrative counselling is also concerned with the inclusion of the client's individual personality. The emotional, behavioural, cognitive and physiological processes within the client are addressed as well as social context and spiritual needs. In my work with you we will fit the therapy to your needs rather than attempt to fit you into a rigid framework.

At the heart of my approach is the belief that it is the relationship between us which can help to bring about change. I am committed to working with you with an open mind, questioning and exploring your world with you. I am not here to advise or judge, but to listen and support you.

Everybody works in their own way and for some people it can be helpful to explore their experience using creative tools. Through my training I can facilitate your creative journey using story telling, sand trays, figures, drawing and painting. But this is entirely up to you.


I am a qualified Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counsellor.

  • BSc (hons) in Integrative Counselling
    from Matrix College of Counselling and Psychotherapy accredited by Middlesex University
  • Post graduate Diploma in Creative Counselling for Children and Young People
    from Matrix College of Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Bereavement training with CRUSE and St. Helena Hospice in Colchester

I am trained to work with adults and young people aged 10 and upwards. All genders, sexualities and ethnicities are welcome

Governing Bodies

  • I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy),
    registration number 252257.
  • I am registered with the UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy),
    registration number 2011168261 and abide by their Codes of Ethics and Conduct, and complaints procedure.

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My experience

I have worked for the St. Helena Hospice and North East Essex Bereavement Service since 2014 as a Bereavement Counsellor. This involves working with clients who have experienced sudden or traumatic bereavement for example road traffic accident or the death of a child. My work also involves bereavements that are complex due to abuse, addiction and childhood trauma.

I have worked at Colchester Sixth Form College counselling students with a wide variety of presenting issues as well as the challenges that the teenage years can bring.

I am fascinated by how the relationships and events of our past affect our current experience. I will be interested to look at your history, but also what is happening for you – in the here and now.

In my private practise, I work with many issues including: grief and loss, depression, stress and anxiety, addiction, trauma, relationship difficulties, but I am happy to address whatever you bring.

I am DBS checked for both adults and children.

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