Hello! I'm Sheila Burrowes.

I'm a professional counsellor and psychotherapist offering expert, personalised therapy face-to-face and via Zoom, Skype, & phone.

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NOTE: Due to office changes during COVID, I'll be offering these two options from now on:

Face-to-face counselling at my home office in Woking

Remote counselling by Zoom, Skype, phone, or your choice

Hi, my name is Sheila. I'm a qualified psychotherapist/counsellor registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. I have significant training and experience in working with both couples and indviduals. I take an integrated, person-centered approach to working with my clients. This means that I treat each client as an individual and use different techniques and therapies tailored to their personal situations and needs, while working at their own pace. With couples, I apply the same principles but also look holistically at both the relationship and the individuals making up that relationship. In couples counselling, I believe that only by working to improve every piece can we strengthen the whole.

People seek therapy for a variety of reasons, each being individual and unique to them. You may find yourself struggling with life in general. You may be wondering how you can cope or trying to find a sense of meaning and purpose to your existence. Alternatively, you may be struggling with depression, stress, anxiety, low self-esteem, relationship problems, bereavement, abuse, trauma, or suffering another of the many problems that can affect our quality of life. Whatever your problem, could talking help you? We've all heard the saying "A problem shared is a problem halved". I believe this is often true.

I started my career working in human resources before spending many years at home raising my children. I then took the step of retraining as a counsellor at the University of Greenwich, which was something I had wanted to do for a long time. What held me back for so long was fear of jumping into the unknown: a fear that I finally conquered. Many people find fear debilitating. It holds them back from achieving the things they truly want in life. Maybe I can help you conquer your fears.

I have experience of working with clients with a variety of mental health conditions including depression, stress/anxiety, bereavement, domestic abuse, age-related conditions, addiction, trauma. I also have experience working with clients with disabilities and carers. I currently work with four charities: Make-A-Wish Foundation, Age UK Surrey, Your Sanctuary and Sight For Surrey. I hold enhanced DBS certificates from all of these charities.

What I can help with

  • Depression
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Low self-esteem
  • Low self-confidence
  • Panic
  • Physical abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Couples counselling
  • Bereavement
  • Stress
  • Anger management
  • Bullying
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Workplace problems
  • Disability support
  • Family issues
  • Relationship issues
  • Carer stress & issues

Do you feel misunderstood by your family and friends or unable to talk to anyone about how you truly feel? What if someone asks you "how are you"? Do you answer "fine" or "okay", but inside you're feeling far from fine? Regardless of the problem, the first step to changing how you feel is to contact me and have a chat. Afterwards, you can take your time to decide if we could work together and then potentially make an appointment.

If you think you'd like to work with me, please feel free to contact me. You can phone me on 07983 778488 or email me at sheila@tranquillumtherapy.co.uk. If you send me an email or a message online, we can make arrangements for a phone chat. I work face-to-face and also provide therapy over Zoom, Skype, or counselling over the telephone (I've also used other communications apps before, like WhatsApp and Microsoft Teams, and will try to accomodate you in this respect). If you're unable to get to any of my offices, special arrangements can be made for me to visit you (counselling in your own home).

A client testimonial

At the time I was referred to Sheila, I was beset by several issues in my life. With sensitive listening, intelligent insight and practical comments, she has helped me to work towards addressing my problems. I have had counselling in the past but I've found Sheila the most effective.

I'm proud to have a long list of reviews on Google for you to learn more about me.

If you're interested in working with me, you can find booking information as well as answers to common questions you might have about engaging in therapy with me on my booking page. If you need emergency help, please immediately contact one of the helplines or organisations on my emergency help page, which I've put together for your safety. If you can't find the information you're looking for, feel free to contact me with any enquiries.


I usually offer my clients the choice of working with me at one of my offices in two beautiful buildings in Chobham and Farnham. I welcome clients for counselling from all areas including Farnham, Chobham, Aldershot, Farnborough, Guildford, Woking, Virginia Water, Ascot, Camberley, Sunningdale and Bagshot. In addition to my offices in Chobham and Farnham, I sometimes work in other locations surrounding the general Guildford and Woking areas. I may have appointments available closer to you so please feel free to ask for more information. I also offer home therapy to clients who are elderly or disabled and find it difficult to get to one of my offices. You can learn more on my location page.

  • tranquillum n.

    "Tranquillum" is a Latin word that roughly translates to "calm state of affairs".

  • Areas covered

    I provide counselling and psychotherapy to people in Chobham, Farnham, Woking, Guildford, Aldershot, Bagshot, Farnborough, Virginia Water, Ascot, Camberley, Sunningdale, and surrounding areas.

  • In crisis?

    If you feel like you're in crisis or at risk, please seek emergency help. Don't delay. You can find helpline numbers here.