Mrs Karen Cotterill | Accredited Counsellor | Colchester | NCS

Mrs Karen Cotterill

Member Status: Accredited

Member No: NCS19-07865

Location: Colchester

Hello, let me tell you a little bit about how I work to see if it appeals to you.

I am an Integrative Counsellor (this means that I combine elements from different therapeutic approaches to best suit your needs). Normally I work with clients outside, in nature, incorporating a walk while talking about their situations. However, I have had to adapt this during social distancing, so while we can't walk together, we can talk over the phone and include outside activites for you as part of your allowed daily exercise. This could be a walk, bike ride, dog walk, jogging, whatever takes you into nature, because incorporating outdoor activities of any kind will boost your general wellbeing and mental health, even just sitting in your garden.

It's about using our senses to lose ourselves in our natural environment. To be absorbed in the 'here and now', not what might happen tomorrow or what's happened in our past.

With all the technology at our disposal we can become detached from the outside world, choosing to lose ourselves in the virtual domain of smart phones, computers and T.V.s in an effort to find an escape, without realising or understanding what a detrimental effect it is having on us and our mental health.

The benefits of nature are many, something that is recognised by MIND, the mental health charity and having worked with clients in this way for some time I have seen first hand what an instrumental part nature plays in our welfare.

If this way of working is of interest and you would like to know more perhaps I could suggest we book an assessment session as this allows us to talk in more detail. You can tell me a little about yourself, giving me some idea of your predicament. If we choose to continue our work together, it will be under the current government restrictions, although in time this will hopefully change and if you wish we can once again begin to use the beautiful great outdoors.

I appreciate that making initial contact can sometimes seem daunting and aim to make this process as easy as possible, so if you feel anxious at the prospect of being the one to pick up the phone to make an appointment, just send me a text or email confirming when it is convenient for me to contact you and I will be in touch, or perhaps you would just like to find out more about this way of counselling and how it could help you.

My website has further details:-

I welcome you to either call or text me on 07913 337 955, or email me at

My client work covers many different aspects in addition to those listed below, such as; understanding the consequence of childhood events & experiences, low self-esteem, low self-worth, mental health issues, and stress.

  • Qualifications & Experience
    Diploma in Integrative Counselling
  • What I can help with
    • Abortion
    • Abuse – Emotional, Physical, Sexual
    • Addiction (e.g. Alcohol, Computer games, Drugs, Food, Gambling, Sex, Smoking)
    • Ageing and related issues
    • Anger Management
    • Anxiety
    • Assertiveness / Self-confidence / Self-esteem
    • Bereavement / Loss
    • Bullying
    • Cancer
    • Carers
    • Depression
    • Disability
    • Divorce & Separation
    • Eating disorders
    • Emotional issues
    • Family
    • Generally unhappy with your life
    • Illness and dying
    • Parenting skills
    • Phobias
    • Relationships
    • Self-esteem
    • Self-harm
    • Shyness / Social Phobia
    • Spirituality
    • Suicidal feelings
    • Trauma
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