About me

Hello and welcome to my profile.

My name is Anita and I'm based in Gillingham Dorset where I practice counselling in a safe and confidential setting. As a fully qualified and accredited counsellor I'm committed to ensuring professional, empathic counselling and psychotherapy - short or long term.

Recognising a persons individuality is important to provide counselling that meets their needs and goals. People are complex and unique, therefore having the flexibility of an integrative counselling approach means I can adapt the therapy to the needs of the client, ensuring the most helpful way forward.

Whilst the counselling approach is important so is the environment we work in. It is vital to ensure a warm, caring space where trust can develop and create a strong working relationship. As the relationship is established, it provides a person with the opportunity for self development and empowerment to move forward with their lives.

If you would like to begin counselling but feel unsure please call or email me to set up an initial session where we can talk about what you want from counselling. Then if you are happy to continue we can arrange further sessions.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have many years experience including NHS setting and addiction agencies counselling people with multi diagnosis and complex issues. My work has been with adults of all ages on a variety of problems that include illness, addiction, loss, bereavement, trauma, bipolar, suicidal ideation and abuse.

In my private practice I offer a positive forward thinking programme based on personal self-awareness, working face to face or online. My work is confidential and I adhere to the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (B.A.C.P) ethical framework to provide a professional respectful service.

MA Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice

HND Integrative Counselling

Psychodynamic counselling level 4

Person Centered Counselling level 2/3

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.


Additional information

£45 per session (50 minutes)


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Anita Woods

Anita Woods