Experienced Counsellors Network

Experienced counsellors working together to give their clients an excellent service.


The counsellors


Here you can browse the details of each counsellor or therapist and use the search tools to narrow your search.

Use the form below to filter by counselling type, you can also enter your postcode to sort by distance from your location and get directions.

Anne Swift

Anne Swift

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Anne Swift, based in Hitchin, Herts, trained as a Relate Counsellor and worked for Relate for 14 years.

She started private practice in 1981 and her main focus is counselling couples with relationship problems.

She says that counselling can help bring out her clients ability to help them find their own answers through talking with someone who is not going to judge them, who will listen and ask questions to help them see things with a fresh understanding in a warm environment.

To find out more about what services Anne Swift offers, details about pricing, and session times please visit their website or get in contact

Chris Bristow

Chris Bristow

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Chris Bristow is based in St Albans, Herts. He trained as a Relate Counsellor 17 years ago and went on to train as a psychosexual therapist with Relate.

Chris was as a Samaritan volunteer for 10 years, befriending the lonely, depressed and suicidal.

Chris has been interested in spirituality, yoga and relaxation techniques since travelling extensively in India as a young man.

His specialisms include eating disorders, sex therapy and sex addiction.

To find out more about what services Chris Bristow offers, details about pricing, and session times please visit their website or get in contact

Helen Springer

Helen Springer

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Helen Springer has been working as a Couple counsellor since 1986. She is based in Pirton 4 miles from Hitchin.

In addition to couple counselling she offers Divorce Counselling and mediation. She counsels individuals coping with anger, anxiety, bereavement, anxiety, low self-confidence, low self-esteem, relationship issues, stress and work-related concerns.

Helen is a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and psychotherapists (BACP) and a Registered Relate Counsellor. She was awarded the Jubilee Community award in 2002 by the Rotary Club of Hitchin for services to the community.

So if you are anxious and concerned about how you feeling about yourself or your relationship, Helen offers a comforting and relaxing atmosphere in which to explore and resolve the emotional issues worrying you.

To find out more about what services Helen Springer offers, details about pricing, and session times please visit their website or get in contact

Loraine Lawson

Loraine Lawson

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Loraine Lawson is based in Hitchin, Herts. She is an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) for over 20 years.

Loraine says that our work might include unfulfilled expectations or ambition, frustration, loss of interest or enjoyment in life or relationships, coming to terms with childhood experience, making peace with the past, finding a voice, living with trying family members, wanting to leave the past behind, wanting a more authentic sense of self, wanting to break old patterns of relating, desiring greater expression of freedom or spontaneity, finding out what you need, creating a more fulfilling life, strengthening relationships, increasing communication and intimacy, finding permission for spirituality, creating deeper connections, embracing new roles and sealing with change, creating a life after loss, finding the lost parts of yourself, greeting new experiences, saying goodbye, finding permission for a sexual self, enjoying appetite, loving your own life.

To find out more about what services Loraine Lawson offers, details about pricing, and session times please visit their website or get in contact

Michael Stock

Michael Stock

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Michael Stock is based in Harpenden, Herts. Michael trained as a Relate Counsellor in 1990 and went on to train as a psychosexual therapist with Relate. He started working in private practice in 1997 after a varied business career.

He is an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and an accredited member of the College of Sexual and Relationship Therapy (COSRT). He is also a member of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity (ATSAC) and Stopso (specialist treatment organisation for the prevention of sexual offending).

Michael says that I aim to provide a warm and non-judgemental environment where you can explore issues that may be troubling and difficult to talk about.

He works with a wide range of counselling issues and his specialisms include sex therapy and sex addiction.

He is also a qualified supervisor.

To find out more about what services Michael Stock offers, details about pricing, and session times please visit their website or get in contact

Richard Leigh

Richard Leigh

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Richard Leigh is based in Hitchin, Herts.

Richard is a registered and accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), and qualified as a Person-Centred counsellor in the year 2000. He started his private practice in 2005, working with young people 12 to 25, and adults.

Richard has a wealth of experience and knowledge of supporting children and young people with mental health concerns or life challenges. He ran a counselling service at a youth charity for 6 years working successfully with marginalised young people including homeless, ex-offenders and care-leavers.

He incorporates Mindfulness and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) tools which have successfully helped individuals to manage negative thoughts, compulsive self-criticism, low mood/depression and anxiety.

He is also a qualified supervisor. Richard is currently the clinical supervisor to three school counsellors as part of the ETHOS clinical trial.

To find out more about what services Richard Leigh offers, details about pricing, and session times please visit their website or get in contact