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INITIAL CONSULTATION! For individuals, couples, and adolescents, experienced Counsellor, Psychotherapist,Supervisor and Mindfulness Coach, for the NHS, Relate and CAMHS. Based at the Friarsgate GP Surgery and home practice counselling for a range of issues including relationships,low self esteem,abuse, trauma, bereavement,depression, anxiety, intense therapy for addictions,infertility and have many years experience.   I offer counselling in a confidential, safe and trusting environment and can offer home visits.

I currently work at the NHS and have many areas of specialism. I can honestly say that you will leave the last session with the genuine feeling that you have achieved what you came for: `to feel better and more able to cope with life in general or a specific issue.'

My counselling training has taken place over many years and is still ongoing as I believe it is important to keep my continued professional development updated.  I trained in Humanistic (Person-centred, Existential, Gestalt) and in CBT, Transactional Analysis and extended this further to Children & Adolescents training, and Couples counselling with Relate.  I am also a qualified supervisor and coach.

I work in private practice based at Friarsgate Medical Practice and my home practce and my hours are flexible Monday to Friday.

I am a senior accredited and registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists), Accredited member of the NCS (National Counselling Society) and BICA (British Infertility Counselling Association) and HACP (Hampshire Counselling and Psychotherapists)

My counselling experience started when I was supporting people who were suffering from depression, self harm, schizophrenia and other forms of mental health.  I then trained with Cruse Bereavement Care, working with them as a counsellor as well as the NHS and Relate.

I am passionate about counselling and  have been privileged to work along side  many individuals through their emotional journeys and know that counselling really has helped them feel less distressed and given them hope for the future.

Training, qualifications & experience

Senior Accredited and Registered Member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapists)

Registered and Accredited Member of the NCS (The National Counselling Society)

BA (Hons) in Humanistic Counselling from the University of Winchester

Advanced Diploma in Humanistic/Gestalt Counselling from University of Winchester

Advanced Diploma in Child & Adolescents from the Ironmill Institute, Exeter

Foundation Training as Infertility Counsellor with BICA (British Infertility Counselling Association)

Member of the HACP (Hampshire Counselling and Psychotherapists)

Relate Couples Counselling with the Relate Institute, Doncaster

Level 7 Diploma in Supervision, National Counselling Society

ILM Level 7 in Executive Coaching and Mentoring

Advanced Certificate in Executive Coaching Masters - University of Bristol

Certificate in Counselling

Transactional Analysis 101 Certificate

Cruse Bereavement Counselling Training

Together Mental Health Training

The Place2Be Child and Adolescent Counselling Training

Anger Therapy training

Mindfulness Training

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

I have specialist training and experience with many issues;


Relationship /Couples (Relate)



Donor Conceived Issues


Miscarriage, abortion and loss

Divorce and Seperation

Life style changes

Cultural problems

Relocation related problems


£75.00 per session

Additional information

INITIAL CONSULTATION (50 minutes) - £75.00

£75.00 for individuals Monday to Friday (50 minutes)

£85.00 for couples Monday to Friday (75 minutes)

Supervision £65.00 per hour or £90.00 for 1/1/2 hours

Organisations £85.00 per hour.

How long will I need?

Just as everyone is individual, so our experience and need for therapy will vary.  Issues that reveal themselves to be more complex or deeper can sometimes necessitate a more in-depth and possibly longer commitment.  Likewise, issues that have a recent history could be addressed over a shorter period of time.  Therefore, we can contract to work short or long term. Intense therapy may be suggested for clients  in immediate crisis such as high suicidal risk.

Further information

Winchester Counselling Service can be found in Friarsgate Medical Practice (above Waitrose) which has easy access to M3 and M27.

There is free parking in Waitrose Car Park for 2 hours.

There is wheelchair access.

Winchester Counselling Service is a registered company - No 2287603.

Public Liability Insurance with Towergate.

CRB checked.

All counselling sessions follow the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists policies and procedures.  This includes ethics, legislation, code of conduct and complaints procedure.

The Friarsgate GP Surgery
Stockbridge Road
SO22 6EL

11 Clamp Green
Colden Common
SO21 1UA

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

Supervision offered in a safe, trusting, collaborative and supportive environment where supervises can explore client issues, develop safe and boundared practice.

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Gilly Dowthwaite-Wells

Gilly Dowthwaite-Wells