2Counsellors Group Counselling & Psychotherapy in Surrey, Hampshire, Berkshire and Sussex

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Counselling and Psycotherapy Groups in Surrey, Hampshire, Berkshire and Sussex

Welcome to our website

  • Do you feel anxious or is your stress level growing and you don't know how to cope?
  • Do you feel the need to share your fears and concerns to others
  • Are interested in finding out how to deal with anxiety and stress and how others do it?

Many of us lead busy and hectic lives. Sometimes things happen at home, at work or in our daily lives that upset us.
It can feel like it is all getting on top of us and.

When this happens, stress or anxiety can build up.
Without realising it stress, anxiety can adversely effect our physical and emotional health, preventing us from leading happy lives and meet our full potential.

It is really important that we understand what stresses us, what happens to us when we get stressed and how we can manage and reduce it.

Group Counselling Therapy

It is also important to realise that we are not alone and that others feel the same pains and fears.
Group counselling therapy is a powerful psychological therapy where a group of people get together on a regular basis under the guidance of a professionally trained therapist to discuss their experiences, share ideas, and provide emotional support for one another.

Group counselling therapy involves  coming together either to learn some skills in dealing with specific challenges and/or developing individual self-awareness on a deeper level.

Having therapy in a group environment offers a support network and provides the opportunity to meet others experiencing similar concerns. Together with the therapist and the other group members, it provides a supportive and confidential environment where you are encouraged to share your experiences with other members to whatever extent feels comfortable and seek support and input from the group to help you feel better and work on understanding yourself better.
Group counselling therapy is facilitated by a suitably qualified group counsellor.

Benefits of Group Counselling Therapy

Group counselling therapy can offer a number of advantages over individual one on one counselling:
  •  A group with a common goal is greater than the sum of its parts. By the Group acting collectively it provides cohesiveness and a shared experience that can be more powerful and transformative for group members to work through and resolve problems and challenges they face in life;
  •  Group counselling enables members to get support and feedback from other group members. You also have the opportunity to witness other people’s challanges and support them. This can help to dispel the notion that we are alone facing our challenges in life.
  • Group counselling offers an opportunity to experience what it is like for you to be in a group. If you wish, the Group can support you if you want to share and explore what this experience is like for you;
  • Many of us have been in groups in the past that have left us feeling uncomfortable, confused or hurt. Being a member of a supportive and facilitated group can help to heal those wounds.
  •  It offers greater value for money as each session is approximately half the price of individual counselling.

Group counselling therapy is generally a very rewarding experience that can complement individual counselling therapy and where the participants discover, often for the first time, that that he or she is not alone and that there are other people who have the same problems.
People can learn from others but they can also help others, they are able to increase their social development skills but also help others develop their skills as well, in a virtuos cycle that gives each participant a sense of purpose that greatly improves self-awareness.
For more general information on Group counselling therapy, you can visit the Counselling Directory web site Group Therapy

There is no need to stop individual counselling. Issues may arise in the group where individual counselling could supplement your group experience

Our aim

Maria Russo and Andy Spencer are two counsellors who run Counselling Groups for individuals, counsellors and therapists as well as Corporate Businesses.

They offer and deliver:
  • Group Counselling
    This is specifically designed for people who want to reduce their stress and anxiety by sharing their experience and learning from others is a supportive and facilitated group
  • Group Counselling for Counsellors and Therapists
    This is specifically designed for Counsellors and Therapists seeking to increase their knowledge on how Transactional Analysis and Gestalt approaches could be beneficial when working with clients
  • Groups for Corporate Businesses
    These are specifically designed for companies seeking to help their employees manage their stress levels, improve the communication with their customers and peers and improve their work/life balance

Our aim is that you leave with your own stress reduction toolbox to use in you life

About Counselling

There are different therapies that are all centred around the principle that the counsellor is not meant to tell you what to do but rather to help you uncover the root causes of the challenges you face and find ways to cope with your problems.
(please Group Therapy on the counselling directory web site link for more information)

Counselling can enhance your strengths and give you the ability to deal with a vast number of issues, such as stress, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem or simply feeling stuck and unmotivated, due to various reasons, recent or past that affect your life and the life of you loved ones.

Counselling is done in a private, safe and confidential environment where talking with a specialist outside your family or business environment that can offer a new perspective.

There are specific rules that govern the handling of the information disclosed during the sessions.

Nobody is judged or criticised in order to promote real personal growth and change.

Our approach

Our Group therapy philosophy aims to integrate Transactional Analysis and Gestalt therapies to facilitate and promote therapeutic change.

Transactional Analysis (Berne, 1910-1970) is a theory of personality and a systematic psychotherapy for personal growth and personal change” (Stewart & Joines, 1997).
TA is recognised as a modern form of psychology that incorporates elements of humanistic, person centred, integrative, psychodynamic therapies into a very versatile therapy that can help on a vast range of issues and problems.

TA therapy is based on the theory that each person has three ego states (Parent, Adult and Child) that influence how people function, express themselves and interact with others.
TA is a talking therapy where sessions are used to explore your personality and how your experiences, especially in childhood, shaped it.
(please Click here for more information on TA)

Gestalt therapy was developed in the 1940s by Fritz and Laura Perls. It is a form of therapy that focuses on the client's experience of all the different parts of themselves in the here and now in contact with other people and their environment.

Gestalt focuses on raising the client's awareness of themselves (their emotions, thoughts and behaviour) and their unique psycological needs in the present moment. In particular it focuses upon how this process of being aware gets blocked in life.
The client is given the opportunity in therapy to explore and experiment with new ways of meeting their needs in life.
Gestalt therapy also provides the client with the opportunity to identify and unfinished business from the past and what is required to resolve it.

The therapeutic relationship is also important.
When both the client and therapist are present in the here and now they can both experience being in psycological contact with each other. This enables the client to experience themselves in relationship with others.

Gestalt aims to raise awareness of self. Through this process a healthy balance returns and any symptoms of mental health distress are resolved.

Transactional Analysis and Gestalt share a number of common therapeutic approaches.
They are Humanistic therapies that take into account the whole person (Thinking, Feeling and Behaving) and offer the opportunity to explore how the past is impacting on the client's present reality and resolve it to live fully in the present.

Therapy is facilitated in the here and now (the Adult ego state in TA), raising awareness for the client and how they relate to others.

Transactional Analysis and Gestalt are both talking therapies that can be applied to a wide range of psychological disorders, from everyday living problems to severe psychosis.

We use a variety of tools and techniques to help you develop your stress and anxiety toolbox .

What Benefits can be Expected?

After the counselling journey generally people experience a sense of wellbeing feeling empowered and in control of their life .

People become more aware of what happens around them feeling more confident to find ways to respond to everyday life .

People often find that their communication with family, partners or friends improves and consequently their relationships become healthier and happier.

I left each session feeling a little more resilient and confident and, having now finished the course have a range of tools for dealing with stress and I am more aware of my personal needs. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who struggles with stress.


For more information, please Contact Us or directly

Maria Russo, 07816517913, [email protected]

Andy Spencer, 07760351733, [email protected]

Professional Bodies and Registration

Maria Russo and Andy Spencer are fully qualified counsellor, registered Member of the British Association Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and abide by their code of Ethics (for more information regarding the BACP please Click Here).

Maria Russo holds a BA (Hons) Degree in Humanistic Counselling based on Transactional Analysis course, accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and validated by the University of Middlesex.
Andy Spencer holds an Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Counselling.

Both Maria Russo and Andy Spencer are registered and listed in the Counselling Directory for professional counsellors, please click on the following links:
Maria Russo @ Counselling Directory
Andy Spencer @ Counselling Directory

Both Maria Russo and Andy Spencer have significant experience working with individuals, couples and groups in their private practices and in institutions such as the Rape And Sexual Abuse Support Centre RASASC in Guildford,  Surrey and the The Eaves Counselling and Psychological Services.

Maria Russo and Andy Spencer attend regular one to one or group supervision sessions.


We offer counselling therapy group in Hampshire/Hants (Fleet, Odiham, Hook, Hartley Wintney, Yateley) and surrounding areas, Surrey (Guildford, Ascot, Sunningdale, Windsor, Bagshot, Egham, Staines, Camberley, Farnborough) and surrounding areas, as well as Berkshire and Sussex.

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