Who are we? 

Essential Space Counselling Community 

Welcome to ESCC, we are a discounted counselling service supporting adults living in Gloucestershire.  We operate as a Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) Business in Cheltenham town centre and are next door to the RSPCA on Knapp Road.  Our building is owned by the RSPCA, we really like this aspect of our service, a percentage of our income is given to the charity in the form of rent for using the beautiful building.  We aim to provide an inclusive, easy to access service, where the fee you pay is an agreed amount during your assessment, accounting for individual circumstances and your household income.   

In 2019 we opened as a therapy centre and in early 2021 ESCC became a partnership,  made up of three qualified Counsellors, who are also Supervisors with extensive experience in supporting people in our community.  Each has successful private practices but was aware that for some the cost of Counselling may stop someone from having the therapeutic support they need, and this is how our discounted service grew.   

Our ESCC Values 

Respond to your individual needs

Empower you to have confidence in your choices 

Support you to find your way forward

Provide a safe space to be heard 

Encourage your individuality and growth 

Create an environment for change that's built on compassion 

Treat each person with dignity and respect

Meet our founders

Reece Bolton-Locke

Reece Bolton-Locke 

ESCC CO-Director and Clinical Lead and Supervisor 

I qualified as a counsellor in 2011, completing my Masters in counselling in 2012. I have worked supporting people for over 22 years in diverse settings, including organisations, in private practice, and as a counselling trainer/lecturer.

I am also a fully trained counselling supervisor, and provide this for our counselling team at ESCC. 

I believe we are all individual and unique and that each person will need different things from counselling. I’m am passionate about providing an inclusive service through ESCC, that enables people to find a safe, empathic, affirming space, to reflect and explore their own understanding and ways forward.

Jen Edwards Counselling

Jen Edwards 

ESCC CO-Director, Supervisor and Student Placement Lead

I am a qualified integrative counsellor, with just over 8 years of experience working in a busy employee assistant program and running a counselling practice in Cheltenham. 


I specialise in supporting anxiety and believe the relationship between the client and counsellor is the most important part of any work we do.

Being part of the ESCC leadership team means that I can share my passion for making counselling available to all, and helping to make it easier to reach out for help.  I enjoying working with and guiding the next generation of counsellors and supporting our service to grow. 



SJ Bolton-Locke

SJ Bolton-Locke 

ESCC CO-Director, Supervisor and Operations Lead

I am a sound therapist, qualified integrative counsellor, and therapeutic training provider. I support adults and children in my private practice and work with organisations and schools in Gloucestershire. 

My career has always been focused on supporting peoples emotional intelligence, either 1-1, in groups, or with families. I mainly work with children, enhancing their therapeutic experience using creative coping techniques and destress methods, and offer training and workshops in these areas of support. 

My role with ESCC is to ensure our values and visions for our service continue to thrive for the benefit of our visitors, clients, counsellors and our community.  



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