Ocean offers one to one counselling support to children, young people and adults ranging in age from 5 years and upwards.

The therapists in the practice are:

Jane Chambers-Armitage:

Jane has considerable experience working with people across a broad age range.  Jane has worked in primary and secondary schools, colleges of further education and in private practice.  Jane has an Honours Degree in Psychology and an Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Counselling.  She is a Senior Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist, (Registered Member MBACP (SNR.Accred), a Member of the British Psychological Society (MBPsS) and an Associate with the Royal Society of Medicine.

Carl Armitage

Carl has extensive experience working with people in both public and private sectors. He has worked as a therapist with adults in a doctors’ surgery, with children in a primary school setting and in private practice.  Carl has obtained a Masters Degree in Criminology, an Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Counselling, a Certificate in Couples and Relationship Counselling and is qualified to work with adult learners.  He  is an accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist , (Registered Member MBACP (Accred).

Therapeutic style

Jane and Carl work from a Humanistic perspective drawing on the orientations of the Person Centred approach, Psychosynthesis, Gestalt and Transactional Analysis. As a client this means you will be offered an empathic, non-judgemental, honest and genuine approach, where your needs are paramount.

What is Counselling?

Counselling is a two way process that takes place in a supportive therapeutic relationship, offering the client time to explore what is concerning them and enabling the client to express their feelings freely. The counsellor not only listens to the words spoken and the problems presented but also takes account of the whole person. Counselling aims to address the cause of the difficulty rather than just dealing with the symptoms. It is a positive process that is often associated with times of personal crisis, but can be used in a number different ways such as personal or professional development.

The benefits of Counselling

For adults, counselling provides an opportunity to rediscover the resources we have within ourselves. It can enable us to approach our lives, our work and problems in a more creative and effective way.

For children and young people, exploring emotional and behavioural needs at a young age may enhance their sense of well being, which in turn could remove blocks to learning. The aim of counselling is to foster empowerment and growth that can potentially benefit children and young people on their journey into adult life.

How we can help?

Ocean Counselling can offer help across a range of issues for children, young people and adults in the following areas:


For example working with:

  • Abuse
  • Anxiety
  • Anger
  • Bereavement & loss
  • Bullying
  • Changes in family structure
  • Divorce
  • Depression
  • Discrimination
  • Exam pressure
  • Loneliness
  • Loss of confidence
  • Low self-esteem
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Sexuality
  • Stress
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Self-harming

Professional Standards

Counsellors at Ocean work within the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Ethical Framework for Good Practice and are bound by its ethical code. The service also abides by the General Data Protection Regulation (2018) in relation to the keeping of personal information.