Benita Giles

Benita Giles



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About me

Hi, I’m Benita Giles, a fully qualified, experienced counsellor offering relational counselling in a peaceful and confidential setting, where you will be heard with compassion and respect.

I work from home in the village of Piddletrenthide, just outside Dorchester in Dorset.

Being human can be a struggle, at its worst leading to feelings of depression, anxiety, stuckness and, sometimes, despair.  Whether you are dealing with loss or trauma, relationship problems, loneliness, illness or stress; trying to understand how you come to be where you are in your life, where life is taking you or, even, what the point is in the first place, counselling provides an opportunity to explore your thoughts and feelings in order to better understand yourself and find a way forward from your difficulties.

Even with our nearest and dearest, we can often avoid sharing our concerns for fear of how others might react or what they might think - my aim is for you to feel safe enough to talk about your issues, openly and without fear of judgement, and discover what is meaningful for you.

I prize each person’s uniqueness as an individual and, whatever is troubling you, my integrated and collaborative approach, based in my humanistic, person-centred training and informed by extensive experience and additional learnings in other approaches, including cognitive analytic therapy (CAT) and compassion focused therapy (CFT), results in a therapeutic relationship that is unique to you and has your wellbeing at its heart.

In addition to private practice, I have twelve years’ experience as a counsellor in the NHS, working with adults, and can offer time-limited (short-term) counselling or more long-term therapy, depending on what you are looking for. I am also a counselling supervisor with a CPCAB Level 6 Certificate in Counselling Supervision.

As an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and listed on their Register of Practitioners, I uphold the values and principles of the BACP ethical framework, assuring you of my professional and personal integrity.  I am also a member of the Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy (ACAT).

I have full insurance and a DBS certificate.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (BACP accredited course)
  • Diploma in Professional Studies (Therapeutic Counselling – Humanistic, Person-Centred)
  • BACP Accreditation
  • CPCAB Level 6 Certificate in Counselling Supervision
  • CAT Practitioner training (due to complete 2019)
  • Additional training has included Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness, CBT, Compassion Focused Therapy, Understanding ASD, working with Trauma in the Body and Childhood Sexual Abuse, Bereavement & Loss, Domestic Abuse & Coercive Control and Working with Veterans.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership


Counselling sessions last ONE HOUR and are £50 per session.

Appointments are available all day on Mondays and I also offer a limited number of evening and weekend appointments.

Further information

It takes courage to walk into a counselling room and it’s therefore important to find a counsellor who is right for you.  If, after our first session, you feel that I am not what you are looking for, then we can look together at possible alternatives.

Maps & Directions


Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Appointments are available all day on Mondays and I also offer a limited number of evening and weekend appointments. 

Types of client

Older adults