I am delighted to announce that Therapala Counselling has won Corporate LiveWire’s Prestige-Award for London and the South East.

“The Corporate Livewire Prestige Awards recognise small and medium-sized businesses that have proven to be the best in their market over the past 12 months.” In recognising that Therapala is achieving “excellence” in service that is unique from its competitors, the judging panel also considered the quality of products and services provided, each nominees’ innovative practices, values, ethical methods of working, consistency of performance and ability to demonstrate strength in these areas.

Corporate LiveWire chose Therapala as winner of its category “Counselling Service of the Year, 2020/2021.


(CW, Dunmow) I am an 11 year old boy and I went to Katie because I was suffering with severe anxiety due to starting secondary school and feeling like I had no confidence. Katie helped me so much by giving me techniques to relieve the stress. I felt happier after every session which in time allowed me to be myself again. I now feel able to do things again like I used too and I believe in myself again. Katie is funny and easy to be around. She is honest and made me feel safe and relaxed.  Thank you Katie for everything. 

(SS, Bishop’s Stortford) “I contacted Katie for help with anxiety associated with several family situations. After an initial phone call I was very pleased that Katie offered face to face sessions. Her counselling room was spacious and airy so felt very safe. At the first session I immediately felt that Katie was someone that I could talk to. She was extremely perceptive, quickly helping me to identify the issues driving my anxiety. I was aware of some the issues but we identified causes that I was not aware of. Over about 8 sessions we explored the various situations in depth and this helped me to achieve a much better understanding of the roots my anxiety and also strategies to deal with it. There was a natural break in my sessions due to a holiday and Katie encouraged me to reflect on whether I needed to continue with the sessions or whether I could now cope without. A really great counsellor.

(RB, Dunmow)Thank you so much for helping me get my life back on track. This has been a difficult year + for a lot of people. You come highly recommended from me. You helped me find the light at the end of the tunnel. I am now looking forward to my future plans & being the best bride I can be.” 

(AP, Dunmow) “From the moment I spoke to Katie on the telephone, I knew the counselling sessions would be beneficial.  Katie made me feel at ease straight away.  The sessions have been informative and uplifting and I would highly recommend Katie to anyone currently struggling with the challenges of life.”

(CK, Bishop’s Stortford) “Katie is amazing, I have only just started therapy with her, but I already feel so much lighter!

(RD, Bishop’s Stortford) “Katie has not only experience, but empathy and a complete understanding of a person’s problems. Also a sense of humour which made me laugh again. Highly recommended.”

(EB, High Roding) “I felt so welcome the second I walked through the door. I never had a problem talking about anything with Katie and she always seemed to say the right things to help. I always left our sessions smiling and feeling a lot lighter than when I went in. There was never any judgement and I always felt so comfortable talking about all of my feelings. She has helped me so much and I now feel like a different person to who I was before!

(BY, Thaxted) “From my very first meeting with Katie, I could tell she was different from previous counsellors and therapists. I came with a whole heap of anxieties and issues to work through, and she was there every step with honesty, advice and a pair of ears to listen. I could not recommend her services enough, it’s been a long road and she’s helped really process the everyday ups and downs throughout our sessions. Someone who through honesty and understanding helps you become more rooted, aware of the realities around anxieties and gives a clear path to work through issues. I always left every session feeling a million times lighter and ready to tackle life head on.”

(DG, Bishop’s Stortford) “When I first visited Katie, I couldn’t imagine not feeling anxiety as part of my daily life, almost constantly, alongside huge peaks. I also didn’t know or understand how counselling could help. Yet, over the course of 8 months, I’ve seen huge change in my mental health, which has now started to impact my physical health, positively. Katie helped me navigate the pain, which was the source of my anxiety, and provided me with resources to help effect long term change. I now don’t wake up every day feeling anxious!”

(EB, Dunmow) “Katie is a lovely person who will sit and listen to you and she will not make you feel judged at any moment, I felt very comfortable straight away which I did not expect when speaking to someone I did not know. I walked into counselling a girl who I didn’t expect to change very quickly but with her help I’ve managed to help myself become a better person whom I didn’t believe I could be. Very thankful for the support and help she has given me.”

(JF, Felsted) “I wanted to write and thank you for all your help with my daughter.  From our very first telephone conversation I felt you listened and made me feel reassured that you would be able to help her. My daughter always returned from your sessions happy and positive and her confidence has grown. You were able to provide a safe and comfortable environment where she felt she was able to open up and you provided her with the tools and strategies she needed to face situations.  Your warmth and kindness radiates and my daughter was reassured after your sessions that everything was going to be all right which was vitally important.”

(MD, Bishop’s Stortford) “I love our sessions and I look forward to seeing Katie every Thursday. I’m looking forward to seeing this journey through with her. I think she is fantastic and I already have formed a bond with her.”

(JW, Dunmow) “Finding a way through a bout of depression and anxiety proved difficult alone. Although positive things were happening in the present, my past experiences of baby loss and breast cancer overwhelmed my thoughts. With compassion and patience Katie worked with me weekly to focus on self confidence and self belief. I felt supported to make positive changes to my lifestyle and attitude. Moving forward I feel full of hope and ready to take on the challenges of life with renewed energy.”

(HS, Thaxted)I began seeing Katie to help deal with a traumatic event that had happened 18 months prior and was negatively impacting on certain areas of my life. I had never had counselling before and I wasn’t sure what to expect but Katie was very welcoming and extremely easy to talk to. She helped me to talk through my issues, understand why I was feeling a certain way and regain some self-confidence. It was helpful to talk to someone completely independent and I instantly felt lighter and happier after each session. Katie is not only a brilliant therapist but a lovely, warm and kind person. I can thoroughly recommend her to anyone looking for therapy sessions, especially if you are a first timer and are feeling a little unsure!

(RS, Bishop’s Stortford) “I started going to Katie as I was struggling with my self esteem and how this impacts my adult life, both with relationships and work. We started right at the beginning, looking back at my childhood and then piecing together how this impacts my life. I have always been quite skeptical of counselling and, if I’m honest, I wasn’t sure what I would gain from going. However after 7 weeks, and breaking down exactly why I think the way that I do and why I react the way that I do, I have come away from this feeling not only lighter, but also with a greater understanding of myself. I have learnt what my triggers are and also how to avoid them taking over my day to day life and, most importantly, I have taken back some control on how I look at, and value, myself. I am extremely grateful to Katie for helping me break down my barriers and begin this journey of self discovery. I would highly recommend Katie to anyone who feels they need some extra support as I found her sessions invaluable.”

(TD, Chelmsford) “I’ve been seeing Katie at Therapala Counselling and Therapy for 4 months, and from where I was in life and not knowing what to expect, to where I am now, has changed me around on how I look at myself and life. You are greeted with respect and put into a very comfortable environment where you feel relaxed to talk and not have to experience a clinical office environment. I highly recommend Katie as she’s professional, understanding and knows her profession well.

(PR, Witham)Fantastic counsellor who helped me to find my own headspace when I was feeling lost and confused.”

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