Stepping Stones counsellors are experienced therapists who provide professional counselling for depression, anxiety, stress, spiritual issues, relationships, bereavement, abuse and trauma.  We also provide counselling for couples and young people.  We are Christians who understand the Christian worldview, assumptions and values.  However, we counsel people of any faith or none, as we abide by the Code of Ethics and Practice of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy and of the Association of Christian Counsellors.

Our counsellors provide a safe, non-judgmental and confidential environment where you can take those important steps towards a more fulfilling and balanced life.

We have many years of experience working with adults and young people. Each of us has our own particular area of interest and specialism, including problems with eating, working with depression and anxiety, couples counselling, spiritual or faith issues, young people, or bereavement and loss. We receive regular clinical supervision and are committed to ongoing continued professional development and training. Online counselling is also available.

Christine Joyce
BA (Hons) Integrative Counselling*; Adv.Dip. Counselling Supervision; Dip. Therapeutic Counselling; Cert. Couples Counselling; Reg.MBACP* (Accred), HACP*

Christine is an experienced Registered and Accredited Counsellor and Supervisor trained to work with depression, bereavement, anxiety, workplace stress, emotional issues and relationship difficulties.  She provides a safe place for adults and couples to explore step by step issues that may sometimes seem overwhelming and confusing. Christine has also completed training with the Infant Loss Foundation and is an accredited professional on the Infant Loss Foundation register.

Our life history and early relationships have a strong influence on how we view ourselves as adults and whilst we are not defined by the past, counselling can help to disentangle the past from the present and future.  Christine can help to make sense of your issues, leading to resolution and stepping forward in your life. She can offer both short and long term therapy as well as online counselling via skype/webcam.  Supervision also available for counsellors.

Christine offers face to face sessions in Southampton (Bitterne) and Eastleigh and also online.
  bacp accreditation Christine Joyce

Karen ShapeyKaren
B.A. (Hons) in Humanistic Counselling,  Dip. Therapeutic Counselling (Humanistic/Gestalt)*, B.Ed*, Cert. Couples Counselling, Level 3 Introduction to Focusing, Reg.MBACP (Accred)*, ACC*,  HACP* 

Karen is an experienced Registered and Accredited counsellor who is able to work with a wide range of issues including: anxiety, depression, stress management and work related issues, bereavement and loss, life changes and transitions, emotional and relational issues. She works with individuals and couples.

Karen offers a safe, supportive and confidential space in which working at you own pace you can take steps to explore your thoughts and feelings concerning past and present issues. Karen helps you to gain understanding, find resolution and a way to move forward.

Karen offers a variety of approaches within her work and offers short term, time-limited and long term face- to-face counselling according to your needs. Karen works with students, individiuals and couples.

Karen offers face to face sessions in Horndean (Waterlooville) and Eastleigh and also online/telephone.


Ruth Mackintosh
MA MBACB(Accred) Dip Clinical Supervision. 

Ruth is an experienced Counsellor and Counselling Supervisor. She has worked in HE and FE, Bereavement Support,  general counselling settings and with survivors of sexual abuse.

Her aims as a counsellor are to facilitate growth and understanding by creating an acceptant and safe space where anything can be explored and where feelings can be heard. She has experience working with depression, anxiety, bereavement, workplace issues, stress, bullying, sexual abuse, spiritual questioning and is open hear to whatever needs to be said in the confidentiality of the counselling relationship.

Ruth also offers Supervision to counsellors and has experience with both individuals and groups.

Karen MaroliaKaren Marolia
Dip. Gestalt Counselling; Reg.MBACP, HACP.

Karen is a Registered Counsellor who is able to work with a range of issues including addiction, abuse, depression and low self-esteem.

As a Gestalt therapist she is able to adapt to your individual needs valuing your uniqueness. Karen will help raise awareness to what is significant and important to you at present. Through listening and seeking to understand your experiences she will help support you to explore your feelings, make connections and address unresolved issues.

Most importantly Karen will provide a safe, confidential and non-judgmental environment for you to be heard, where she will walk your journey with you throughout all sessions while building a trusting and caring relationship.

Karen offers sessions in Eastleigh.

This means………

* BA (Hons) – Bachelor of Arts Degree
* B.Ed – Bachelor of Education Degree
* B.Ed (Hons) Psych – Bachelor of Education Psychology degree
*Dip – Diploma (Higher Education)
* Integrative counselling – a tailored approach to your needs based on psychodynamic principles together with an exploration of thought processes, behaviors and emotional experiences.
* Humanistic counselling – focus on self-development, growth and responsibilities,  recognising the individual’s strength, creativity and choice.
*Gestalt therapy – focus on the individual as a whole, including thoughts, feeling and actions in the context of their environment. Gaining self-awareness is a key aspect of Gestalt therapy.
* MBCAP – membership of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. See  for further information.
* ACC – membership of the Association of Christian Counsellors.  See  for further information.
*HACP – Member of Hampshire Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy

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