Elizabeth James BSc (Hons) MBACP (Senior Accred).Counsellor and Supervisor

Elizabeth James BSc (Hons) MBACP (Senior Accred).Counsellor and Supervisor


Discovery Court Business Centre
551-553 Wallisdown Road
BH12 5AG

07701 330 333

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Discovery Court Business Centre
551-553 Wallisdown Road
BH12 5AG

07701 330 333

About me

When things get tough, we need to talk

Hello, I'm Elizabeth and thank you for visiting my Counselling Directory Profile. People come for counselling for many different reasons but the first step is often the hardest. Most of us have experienced times when we have been overwhelmed by difficult feelings but seeking help is not self indulgent or ‘weak’ but rather facing our thoughts, emotions and our behaviours often reflects real courage and determination. I am a BACP Senior Accredited Therapist and using short term cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), I work with you to help you to understand your difficulties, how they arose and, most importantly, how to make changes.

Finding the right therapist for you is very important as the research consistently shows that positive change is much more likely when there is a good 'match' between the therapist and the client. My style is warm, friendly and approachable and clients tell me that I am easy to talk to, which perhaps is the reason that a large proportion of my work now comes from personal recommendations.

Being a senior accredited therapist means that I have achieved and demonstrated a substantial level of training and experience that has been verified and approved by the BACP.

Starting counselling can be a daunting prospect and so if you would like to have an initial chat, I am always happy to answer any questions you may have about me, the way I work and how short term CBT may be able to help you. There is absolutely no obligation for you to arrange an appointment when you call. 

I have a first class honours degree in CBT counsellig with many years experience of working therapeutically. I am CRB checked, fully insured and as a senior accredited member of BACP, work within their Ethical Framework which maintains a high standard of clinical practice.

In my private practice I work with adults only (aged 18 years and over) in a dedicated therapy office where I can offer a friendly yet professional environment. As I work from the ground floor, I can also offer disabled access. I can offer weekday appointments together with some evening/weekend appointments subject to availability and wherever possible, I aim to offer an initial appointment within one week. For information on fees, please see 'Fees section' below.

I work with a range of issues including anger management, depression, anxiety, stress, grief, low self esteem, relationship difficulties, low self confidence, perfectionism, social anxiety, bereavement and loss, trauma, abuse, bullying, health anxiety, problem gambling, issues with internet addiction, identity/gender related concerns and body image problems. I am also experienced in working affirmatively with LGBT clients.

Most of us have experienced feeling overwhelmed at some point in our lives and so at our first meeting, we can discuss what has led you to seek counselling at this time and what you are hoping to achieve. It is important to remember that CBT is not a 'miracle cure' and that the short term nature of the work (usually between 6-12 sessions) may mean that a different type of longer term therapy may sometimes be more appropriate. If you are in any doubt, I would be very happy to discuss this with you.

Using CBT, I will help you to explore the connection between your thoughts, feelings and behaviour and show how changing the way we think about a particular situation, will change the way we feel (and therefore our actions as a result). Together, we work as team to introduce more helpful thinking styles which ultimately, will enable you to feel more in control of your life.

Training, qualifications & experience

Senior Accredited member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. MBACP (Snr Accred).
Registered with United Kingdom Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (UKRCP)
BSc (Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy (First class honours)
Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy
Certificate in Clinical Supervision
Professional Qualification in the Therapeutic Use of Mindfulness
Experienced in running Low Self Esteem, Depression/Anxiety and OCD Therapy Groups
Drug and Alcohol Awareness Training
Diversity, Abuse and Aggression Training
Listed Associate to a number of Employee Assistance Programmes

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

- a general sense of feeling ‘stuck’ or dissatisfied
- a lack of purpose
- difficulty making decisions
- loss of identity
- issues around self-worth, self confidence and self-esteem
- sexual, physical and emotional abuse survival and self harm
- guilt
- mid-life issues and managing life changes
- separation and divorce
- parenthood and child related issues
- bereavement and loss
- termination, miscarriage
- issues surrounding suicide
- work related issues
- redundancy
- retirement
- feelings of loneliness and isolation
- problems connecting with friends and family
- commitment issues
- trust and jealousy issues
- betrayal
- grief or uncertainty over the loss of a relationship
- identity issues and coming out


From Monday to Friday my fees are £45 per daytime session and £50 per evening and weekend sessions.

I do offer discounts for student counsellors

Each session is one hour long and depending upon the issue, I would usually suggest 6 sessions to begin. As CBT is designed to be a short-term therapy, I strive to help people make changes as quickly as possible and regularly review progress to ensure that the sessions are meeting your needs.

I do ask for 24 hours notice of any cancellations as missed sessions or late cancellations will incur the usual charge.

Further information

I have worked within the National Health Service for several years and I am happy to accommodate clients who, whether due to work or family commitments, are unable to attend at the same time every week and can offer weekly, fortnightly or monthly appointments to suit you.

To enquire about current availability or to arrange an appointment, you can contact me either by email at oakwoodtherapy@aol.com or if you prefer to telephone, feel free to call me on 07701 330 333 between 9.00am and 9.00pm Monday to Friday and 10.00am to 6.00pm at weekends

I can offer therapy sessions in the convenience of your own home via Skype on your computer. All you need is a network connection and a Skype user name.

If I am unavailable to answer your call personally, I have a secure answerphone so please do leave me a message with a contact number and I will call you back as soon as I can.

Maps & Directions

Bournemouth, BH3
Bournemouth, BH12 5AG

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None

Types of client

Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

Hello, I have a first class honours degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy (specialising in CBT), a Certificate in Clinical Supervision and I am a BACP Senior Accredited therapist.

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