About me

Hello, I help people who for a variety of reasons are unhappy with their lives and want this to change. I have over twenty years experience working with young people and adults with a wide range of issues

I believe that counselling gives the client a safe and secure place to explore all painful worries and concerns. As a chartered psychologist and counsellor, I provide a warm and welcoming place for this to happen.

Please contact me if you feel that I can help you.

I also offer email telephone and/or skype sessions for those who are unable to attend for face to face sessions.

Training, qualifications & experience

Prior to working in private practice, I have managed a counselling service in the voluntary sector and worked for the NHS, both in hospital settings and GP surgeries. I have also dealt with traumatic incidents, including accidents, road traffic accidents and prepared reports for insurance companies and the courts where necessary

I have a degree in psychology and a PhD from the University of Southampton. I am chartered psychologist and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society [BPS]. I am also a BPS Registered Psychologist Specialising in Psychotherapy with Senior Practitioner Status [ROPSIP], and a British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists senior accredited counsellor. I am a member of ACTO - the association for counsellors and therapists on line. I am registered with the Health Professions Council. As with other fellow professionals, I am bound by BACP, BPS, ACTO and HPC code of ethics.

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

Executive stress, career counselling,


Additional information

Fees are currently £45.00 per hour, although concessions are available for those who are struggling. Therapy should financially 'pinch' but not overwhelm, recognising that you are investing in yourself. and future well-being.

Further information

The therapies I use are either psychodynamic, where we look at how the past has influenced the present, or cognitive behavioural therapy where a CBT therapist aims to identify negative thinking that causes problematic feelings and behaviour. CBT encourages a person to challenge their beliefs about themselves and their abilities, and to see themselves and their abilities in a more positive and realistic light.


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Entrance designed for wheelchair access


Dr Marie Mills

Dr Marie Mills