Hannah Simpson BA (Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy. Registered MBACP

Hannah Simpson BA (Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy. Registered MBACP


07775 613133

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07775 613133

About me

My name is Hannah Simpson and I am a fully Qualified and Registered Counsellor and Psychotherapist. I have worked in the NHS, Social Care, and public and private sectors over a period of fourteen years and have been practising as a therapist since 2006.

Over the years I have held a variety of posts from a Group Facilitator and Counsellor in a residential detoxification unit for a substance misuse service within the NHS, to working as a Group Facilitator and Counsellor with children and young people in a Secure Unit and Community Team. Additionally, I have worked as a Counsellor in both the the mental health and addictions team at the Priory in Southampton and Woking. I now run my own private practice Serenity Counselling & Psychotherapy Limited in Fareham and Southsea.

I have specialised in the treatment of mental health problems including addictions, depression, anxiety and eating disorders. This experience has given me knowledge and understanding that enables me to work effectively with primary issues such as loss and bereavement, low self-esteem, addictions, relationship problems, affairs and betrayals, bullying, depression, anxiety and generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder and gender/sexuality issues. As well as more complex issues such as developmental trauma, sexual abuse, complex PTSD, bipolar/ manic depression, personality disorders, narcissism, morbid jealousy, childhood/adult attachment issues and abuse of all types.

Types of therapy:

First session and assessment:

  • The first session is an opportunity to meet, discuss your needs, requirements, ask questions and decide if my style of working is right for you. This is also an assessment process to see if I am able to help you with your concerns.

Short Term Focused:

  • Short term therapy can be 6 to 12 sessions and is usually focused on a particular issue, short term therapy is often more focused on symptom reduction rather than cause. Short term therapy can also be a trial process for the client and an assessment process for the therapist; in order to decide if therapy is right for you? Both parties can then consider and negotiate further sessions if wanted by the client or a referral can be made to another professional who maybe better suited to your requirements, if you wish. This is always the clients choice.
  • Psycho-educational: aspects of short term therapy can be educational for instance explaining what stress and anxiety is and your bodies physiological reactions to thoughts, feelings or the environment. It can also give you some techniques that you can use to reduce physical symptoms and reactions such as mindfulness techniques.

Long term Therapy:

  • Long term therapy: works well with long standing issues. The relationship between the therapist and individual becomes part of the focus, becoming aware of how an individual may adapt in relation to the other, as some peoples anxieties or problems are in relation to other people and the environment/context i.e. someone who always takes care of other peoples feelings and needs may well find themselves doing this in therapy and the therapist gently brings this into their awareness.
  • Personal development. Some people enter into therapy for their own personal development, especially if they are training or practising as a therapist.

About Hannah
My interest in understanding how people live and make sense of their lives (including my own), led me to study counselling and psychotherapy initially in 2002.
I have undergone considerable training and have many years of reflection on effective practice both personally and professionally and believe I have developed a sound and well integrated style, using knowledge and ideas from many approaches, therefore enabling me to work with you in the most useful way.

I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) and abide by their rules and ethical framework.

I hold a current and up to date enhanced DBS certificate. (previously CRB)

ICO registered -The Data Protection Act 1998

I see clients from West Street Counselling Centre Fareham and Serenity Counselling and Psychotherapy Fareham.

I also offer telephone and skype sessions which can be carried out, as long as you have a safe, secure and private room where you will not be disturbed.

If you would like to enquire further please call me on 07775 613133 or e-mail me h.l.simpson@hotmail.com

Training, qualifications & experience

My Qualifications

I am a degree qualified Counsellor and Psychotherapist and a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP)

  • BA (HONS) Counselling & Psychotherapy- Winchester University
  • Diploma in Humanistic Counselling and Psychotherapy- University of Chichester

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Further Training

  • Level 2 Certificate in Initial Counselling Skills- 2003
  • Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills-2004
  • Relate Couples Training, Understanding Relationships- The Institute of Relate- 2011
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy- 2008
  • NHS Training in Clinical Supervision -2011
  • Substance Misuse Counselling Training - 2007
  • Solution Focused Therapy - 2007
  • Motivational Interviewing - 2007
  • CBT and Addiction- 2009
  • Drug and Alcohol Awareness- 2008
  • Working with Substance Misuse and Anger -2010
  • Working with and Understanding Personality Disorders (Borderline, Antisocial, Narcissistic)-2011
  • Working with Sexual Abuse and Trauma - 2010
  • Understanding and working with Survivors of Sexual Abuse and Exploitation -2014
  • Self-Harm Behaviour- 2009
  • Domestic Abuse and Violence with Women and Children- Portsmouth City Council -2007
  • Mental Health and the law- 2009
  • Mindfulness- 2007-2015
  • Existential Freedom -2015
  • Psychodynamic Thought-2016
  • Working with Relational Trauma-2016
  • Working with Families: psychodynamic and systemic thinking 2016
  • Self harm and suicidal behaviours in young people 2016
  • TA 101 - Metanoia Institute 2016
  • My counselling employment since 2002 includes:
  • Private Mental Health Hospital Adult psychiatry- Priory Southampton
  • Private Mental Health Hospital -'Twelve Step' Addiction Treatment Setting- Priory Woking
  • Sussex Alcohol and Substance Misuse Service (GP Surgeries)
  • NHS- CARE Substance Misuse Counselling Service, St James' Hospital (South-East)
  • NHS -Baytrees Residential Detoxification Unit, St James' Hospital (Portsmouth)
  • E's Up NHS Substance Misuse Service 10-25 year olds
  • Children's Services, Swanick Lodge,Secure Unit for 10-16 years (Substance misuse)
  • NHS Early Intervention Project (EIP) St Marys Hospital, Portsmouth (Domestic Abuse/sexual abuse)
  • Portsmouth City Council, Hidden Violence Unit (Domestic abuse & sexual abuse)

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Other areas of counselling I deal with

The Counselling and Psychological therapies I offer, is also for those who may not know the cause of their feelings e.g. sadness, lack of self worth, loneliness; a sense of feeling lost. It offers a safe place for exploration including:

  • Pre Bereavement and anticipatory loss
  • Animal/pet bereavement
  • Living with a terminal illness; for you or a family member
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Suicidal Feelings
  • Loss
  • Shame
  • Body image
  • Isolation
  • Home sickness
  • Retirement
  • Personal development/self awareness
  • Emotional eating, overeating and binge eating
  • Student counselling

Photos & videos

  • Reception area at West Street Counselling and Psychotherapy Centre
  • West Street Counselling and Psychotherapy Centre
  • Map Fareham
  • Reception
  • Counselling room
  • Therapy room
  • The Remedi Clinic Southsea


Standard Fees - Assessment and Ongoing Appointments (8am-9pm)

  • My standard fee is £55 per 50 minute session for individuals.
  • Couples £75 per 60 minute session or £90 per 75 minute session.

If you would like to enquire further please send me a message by e-mail h.l.simpson@hotmail.com or phone 07775 613133. I will usually get back to you by the next working day. I do prefer to talk directly with you before making a first appointment.

Further information


  • My PO16 practice Serenity Counselling and Psychotherapy has has free parking.
  • My PO16 West Street Counselling and Psychotherapy Centre parking is paid at an hourly rate nearby. (Free parking in the High Street after 6pm). This practice is situated in the heart of the town, opposite the Royal Bank of Scotland and The Ask Restaurant.  It is only a ten minute walk from Fareham Train Station and a five minute walk from Fareham Bus Station.  There are a number of pay and display car parking is available on the High Street.

    Both Serenity Counselling and Psychotherapy Ltd and West Street Counselling and Psychotherapy centre are easily accessible from the M27 and A27.  Neighbouring towns such as Portsmouth, Gosport and Southampton are ideally placed to provide access to this professional It has a private, well-furnished room designed to meet the needs of all clients.  Please feel free to contact me for further information.

The Remedi Clinic has free hourly parking in the side roads and nearby (paid) parking at Waitrose. Both a very short walk from the clinic.

Maps & Directions

Fareham, PO16

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Appointments available in Fareham Monday- Friday 9am-9pm

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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