About me

I have been working as a Counsellor and in Social Care for over 25 years in a variety of settings. This breadth of experience gives me additional knowledge and understanding which I can use to help you in counselling sessions. Counselling can offer you the opportunity to explore your feelings and thoughts to understand yourself more clearly. Its a time and space to really change the way you think and feel, helping you to cope more effectively with the stresses and strains of modern life. You may then begin to make effective choices that are right for you and to be able to move forward in your life.

I am a person centred counsellor and believe that all of us have the internal resources we need for growth and my aim is to provide the right environment to help this growth to occur. Through examination of the past, the causes of present day problems are often revealed, allowing us to relate differently to ourselves, our difficulties and to others, and either make changes or find acceptance.

I also use solution focused counselling with people who aim to find solutions to the problems they are experiencing within a short term of time

Training, qualifications & experience

MBACP (Snr. Accred) BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor
Accredited counsellor British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy since 2002
UKRC registered independent counsellor since 2002
Certificate in Marital and couple counselling theory and practice (Relate)
Diploma in Psychosexual therapy (Relate)
CQSW certificate of qualification social work
CSS Diploma applied social studies
ICAS Introduction to Critical Incident Processing and recovery with adults
BSc (Hons) Sociology

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Although I may not be a specialist in some of the areas above I do feel it is worth asking me any questions you may have. For example, I have supported lots of people with mental health issues of many kinds over the years so may have the skills you are looking for.


Additional information

£45 a session for individuals.
£55 a session for couples
A session would last for 50 minutes

Further information

The first time we meet is a chance for you to tell me what has prompted you to come and for me to share how I work and answer any questions you may have. We would then decide on what would happen next, with the proviso that you might want to think about it first.

Parking is easy, I am not far from the bus routes and the train station is about 3 miles away.

13 Furzedown Road
SO17 1PN

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

The counselling room is up some stairs so please let me know if this is an issue as I do have a room downstairs I could use if needed. If you use a wheelchair I am sure we could find a mutually convenient place to meet. I'm sure we can make it work

Hilary Linssen

Hilary Linssen