Benita Giles

Benita Giles



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About me

Hi, I’m Benita Giles, a fully qualified, experienced counsellor working from home in a Dorset village, just outside Dorchester, where I offer counselling in a quiet and confidential setting.

Being human is a struggle at times and counselling can provide an opportunity to explore what is going on for you with a trained professional - someone who will listen wholeheartedly and empathically to help you better understand yourself and empower you to find a way forward from whatever is troubling you.

My down-to-earth approach, firmly rooted in humanistic, person-centred values, but informed by extensive experience and additional training, deeply respects each person’s uniqueness as an individual, offering an integrated, creative and collaborative therapy experience, tailored to meet your individual need.

Even, or maybe especially, with those closest to us, 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 be heard with compassion and sensitivity, in order to discover what is meaningful for you.

I am particularly interested in how childhood experiences and relationships impact on adult patterns of relating and believe that, by understanding this, it is possible to choose to do things differently and improve self-worth and self-confidence.  This belief has led to my current training as a CAT (Cognitive Analytic Therapy) psychotherapist.

In addition to private practice, I work as a High Intensity Counsellor in the NHS, providing 1:1 counselling and psychotherapy to adults, and also supervise other counsellors.

If, as a first step, you would like an informal chat about the possibilities for counselling, then please give me a ring without obligation.


I can work long-term or within a time-limited (short-term) framework, whatever best suits your needs.

I also work as a Counselling Supervisor and have a CPCAB Level 6 Certificate in Counselling Supervision.

I welcome enquiries from both trainee counsellors seeking supervision or personal development and also trainee supervisors.


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 (ongoing since 2009)
  • CPCAB Level 6 Certificate in Counselling Supervision
  • CAT Psychotherapist training (due to complete October 2019)
  • Additional training has included Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness, CBT, Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), working with Trauma in the Body and Childhood Sexual Abuse, Bereavement & Loss, Modern Slavery, 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 available all day on Mondays with a limited number of evening and weekend appointments.

Maps & Directions


Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access:

Parking is available on the drive or on the road with a short walk up an unmade lane. I work from a ground floor room.


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

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme