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"Ben is a very attentive and caring individual who is driven to offer the highest possible standards and support in his industry. He will take you step by step through whatever problems you are facing, and offer insight and compassion. He will make you feel at ease quite quickly, and the environment is soothing and comfortable. I cannot speak highly enough of him."
C R, Berkshire

Counselling in Wokingham

What is therapy and counselling?

Therapy offers you a safe, confidential place to talk about your life and anything that may be confusing, painful or uncomfortable. It allows you to talk with someone who is trained to listen attentively and to help you improve things.

How will counselling make me feel?

Therapy is a very personal process. Sometimes it is necessary to talk about painful feelings or difficult decisions, so you may go through a period of feeling worse than when you started. However, therapy should enable you to feel better in the long-run.

If you do experience a period of feeling worse, talk to your therapist about it to ensure you get the best out of your therapy.

Will I feel better straight away?

Usually it will take a number of counselling sessions before therapy starts to make a difference. However on rare occasions, a single session may be enough.

Does counselling work for everybody?

Therapy doesn’t work for everybody. It is not a universal cure-all. Because you may be talking about very personal and often painful things, it can sometimes be difficult to keep going. Despite this, it is often worth the effort as you can be helped to work through problems.

Will I be able to have counselling that understands my cultural background?

Therapists come from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures. It should be possible to find an appropriate therapist for your needs. How and where you access therapy will affect how much choice you have when selecting your therapist.

Is all counselling the same?

No. There are different methods and approaches to therapy, and your chosen therapist will be able to talk to you about their particular method or approach.

What types of counselling are there?

There are many different Types of therapy available. However, in general, research shows that the relationship with your therapist or counsellor is more important than the method they use.

Your choice of type of therapy may be limited depending on where you access it. If you have a preference over the type of therapy, you may choose to seek a private therapist.

Juanita Tarn - FdSc Humanistic Counselling - MBACP Registered

Juanita TarnWhether you have experienced trauma, feel unheard and unfulfilled or just lost, counselling can help you feel safe, listened too and valued. I offer a safe, confidential, non-judgement space where you are free to explore and process your feeling and emotions. I am a qualified humanistic counsellor; this means the main focus of our session is you and your truth. Together we will build a therapeutic relationship where we will explore your issues and how they are affecting you in your world, as I believe no two issues or clients are the same. Each session is tailored to you and what you need at that time.

I am a registered member of the BACP and adhere to their framework of ethics and safe standards of practice. I also currently volunteer within a youth agency and have experience working with youths aged 11+ presenting with a varied assortment of issues ranging from bullying and exam stress to self-harm and sexual identity and orientation. In addition I also have specific training helping with trauma and issues surrounding infant and baby loss bereavement.

Whatever your background, whatever your issue, please get in touch to find out how counselling can help you or a loved one. If you have any further questions, or require information please do not hesitate in calling or text me on 07944428847. I look forward to hearing from you.

Julie Easterbrook FdSc Humanistic Counselling , Reg. MBACP

Julie EasterbrookI am a professionally trained Integrative Humanistic counsellor and registered member of the BACP, who is comfortable working and communicating with people from all backgrounds. By combining my therapeutic models, I provide a unique approach for each client which will help you to gain insight into your issue, enabling you to bring about change. Unconditional, empathic, non-judgmental, emotional support is offered within a safe, confidential environment.

Our relationship always works with you as the focus, you are the expert on yourself, even if you don't believe it, therefore sessions are determined by you and whatever you choose to bring, I have no agenda. I have experience working with adults of all ages and young people aged 11 upwards. I am a volunteer at Youthline, Bracknell, working with Young people (11-25yrs) and the Fountain Centre, ST Luke's Cancer Centre, Royal Surrey Hospital, Guildford, working with cancer patients and their families.

If you are struggling to come to terms with yours or a family member's illness, a death, feeling overwhelmed and struggling with life, have relationship/family issues, to name a few, and feel you need support, and someone to listen to you, then counselling maybe for you. If you would like to discuss, have questions, or require more information, I am available on 07738 313451, please call or text, I would love to hear from you.

Ben Jearum

Ben JearumI am passionate and dedicated to working therapeutically with people who are experiencing emotional and psychological difficulties. I am open and honest in my approach, understanding and valuing the importance of working with what each individual brings to the session.

I hold a strong belief that the individual I am working with has the resources within themselves to make positive changes to their lives, and that building a therapeutic relationship that is trusting, confidential and free from judgment is paramount to this process.

I am a professional counsellor trained in Person Centred therapy and I believe in the core conditions of empathy, congruence and unconditional positive regard. I believe everyone is an individual and has their own unique way of processing and dealing with life and this is reflected in my approach to therapy.

I have built a considerable base of knowledge and experience having worked in the helping profession for the majority of my professional working life. I have worked within health care settings within the NHS and privately, and have extensive experience working therapeutically with Children and Young People.

My strengths lie in working therapeutically with individuals on a one to one basis. I am a fully insured member of the BACP dedicated to practicing responsibly, ethically and to the highest of standards.

If you have any questions about counselling or would like to arrange an appointment, please contact Ben on 07780 253159 or visit

Amanda Lusty BA (Hons) MBACP (Senior Accred) UKRCP Registered and EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner

Amanda LustyI offer individuals and couples the space to be heard in a non-judgemental, confidential and safe environment. I will aim to facilitate and encourage you to trust yourself, make your own choices and find your own answers.

I am trained and experienced in helping couples find a deeper understanding of each other and their relationship. I should emphasis that as a Person-Centred therapist I aim to offer support to both parties and I consider that the client in this process is the relationship. This shared experience can be used as a powerful tool to strengthen the core of your relationship.

I also practice EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing). EMDR is a therapy that stimulates the brain's natural healing processes to resolve trauma and difficulties, especially where there are presenting symptoms, such as flashbacks, nightmares, high levels of anxiety and hyper arousal. EMDR is well evidenced as a successful treatment, and is one of the few trauma treatments recommended by NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence). For further information do contact me, or view EMDR UK & Ireland Association website.

Many clients have healthcare insurance policies that cover my fees if you have been referred by a General Practitioner or Psychiatrist. Please ask for information.

You can contact me via call or text to 07730 586749 or visit

Paolo Imbalzano - Psychotherapist CTA(P), UKCP Registered, MBACP Registered

Paolo ImbalzanoI am a qualified psychotherapist and Certified Transactional Analyst (CTA-P), a UKCP registered psychotherapist adhering to the UKCP Code of Conduct, and a BACP Registered Member (MBACP) abiding to the BACP New Ethical Framework Values, Principles and Moral Qualities.

The type of Relational Psychodynamic Transactional Analysis Counselling and Psychotherapy that I practice integrates humanistic, psychodynamic, relational and cognitive-behavioural approaches. I also use elements of mindfulness meditation, exploration of bodily experiences (important to make sense of experiences which cannot be verbalised), and adopt a contemporary model for the treatment of psychological trauma. Furthermore, I am currently training in Advanced Trauma Treatment Psychotherapy.

Safety and confidentiality of the therapeutic process are key concerns of mine. As we work together you can be reassured that I will be with you in a non-judgmental and compassionate way.

I work with individuals (16 years old and older), couples and groups, and offer short, medium and long term/open ended treatments.

I treat clients with a variety of conditions e.g. anxiety, depression, relationship issues, etc.

You can contact me via call or text for a free 20 minute consultation 07803 049039 or visit

Paul Collison

Paul CollisonI acknowledge the powerful healing influence in taking time out of our busy lives to hear our own voices communicate our issues. I also believe that this is helped along by the relationship between counsellor and client. My aim is to provide a safe, confidential and judgement-free environment where clients can explore and talk about their problems.

Are you struggling with addictions, feeling anxious, depressed, overwhelmed or uncertain? Do you feel stressed or unhappy in your relationships? Do you feel as though you no longer have a clear vision of what you desire? Feel unable to cope with life?

If you would like to contact me to book an appointment, or for more information you can call me on 07846 477726.

Karen Warriner

Karen WarrinerI am professionally qualified, with a Foundation Degree in Humanistic Counselling (FdSc) and I am a registered member of British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). I can offer both daytime and evening appointments.

I come from a background of working in health and education and believe mental health and well-being is key to enabling us to live happier, healthier and more fulfilling lives. Counselling empowers us to support ourselves, with self-knowledge and self-compassion.

I work with adults and children in private practice, school settings and the voluntary sector, with experience of supporting clients with a wide range of issues and challenges. All counselling is tailored to individual need, providing personalised support through a warm and engaging therapeutic relationship. When working with children I incorporate the language of play and creativity, using therapeutic resources to support the counselling process.

In addition, I have experience of supporting individuals with language and communication difficulties, autistic spectrum and learning difficulties and can differentiate to meet individual needs.

If you would like to contact me to book an appointment, or for more information you can call me on 07846 273433 or visit

Sara Thompson

Sara ThompsonI am a fully qualified counsellor with a Foundation Degree in Humanistic Counselling (FdSc) and a registered member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). I can offer both daytime and evening appointments.

After many years in commerce, and a foundation course in homeopathy, I retrained as a counsellor after a life long interest in human behaviour and mental health. I work with individuals of any age and use an integrative approach that draws on different therapeutic approaches to best fit each client’s needs. I work in the present, or 'here and now', although allow for exploration of your past experiences in order to inform your choices in the future.

My personal philosophy is that everyone is a unique, dynamic human being. In times of difficulty or stress, we tend to find coping strategies that become stuck in an unhealthy pattern. From the therapeutic relationship that is non-judgmental and empathetic, emerges a self-awareness and inner resourcefulness that brings growth and change. This in turn, allows us to reach our potential and lead a meaningful and fulfilling life.

I currently work in the voluntary sector in Berkshire as a counsellor for all ages, as well as at a University of London college, specialising in counselling young adults with a wide variety of difficulties.

If you would like to contact me to book an appointment, or for more information you can call me on 07740 565131 or visit