Carley Symes

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Dorchester DT1 & Weymouth DT4
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Working together

If your goal is to create balance and build a better relationship with yourself, I offer find a quiet sanctuary to explore yourself in together, so you can start to feel comfortable with what you have to offer life (and what it has to offer you). If this sounds like it suits you and what you're looking for, please get in touch. 

What's counselling like with me?

I work with you as an individual to offer warmth and understanding, as well as information and education to help support you to discover what you want your life to be. I offer time that is yours, filled with safety, kindness, help and humour. Whatever you need to bring, however deep the sadness, pain or worry goes, I will be with you. I am a qualified and registered counsellor and also have an accredited psychology degree, which means we have the benefit of being able to collaborate and pull in from different ways of working to find the way that feels best for you.
My specialist areas are Self Esteem and High Sensitivity, which can weave into all areas of our lives including struggles with anxiety, depression and relationships. 

How would you like to work together?

I offer Face to Face sessions in Dorchester from a small, friendly office with plenty of parking space outside and privacy. I also am qualified to offer telephone and Zoom sessions if these would suit you, meaning we can connect in the comfort of your own home. 

We work out together what you would like and if you want to commit to a certain amount that's ok, and if you want to work in an open ended way that's also ok.

Contact me

If I sound like a good fit for you, please email me and we can arrange a time to chat. I offer a free 15-20 minute call to talk about what you want and how we can work together. My email is Reach out and see if we can move forward together.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Bachelors of Science Degree in Psychology (BPS accredited) 2:1 with honours
  • Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Humanistic Integrative)
  • Level 2 and 3 Certificates in Therapeutic counselling and Counselling skills
  • Certificate in Couples Counselling 
  • Advanced Motivational Interviewing Practitioner
  • Working With Trauma and other relevant trauma informed training
  • Working Online with BACP and the Open University


  • Five years experience as a Humanistic Integrative Counsellor
  • Five years experience working for Adult Social Care, Dorset
  • Two Years experience working for public services as Safeguarding Officer

Additional Qualifications as required through my Continuing Professional Development can be discussed if you would like. I regularly complete training and study to make sure I am up to date and able to offer you ethically sound support. 

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I also provide specialist counselling for Highly Sensitive Persons and people who feel they are Highly Empathic. 

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£75.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

My standard rate is £75 per session. Before we commit to this together we have a free 15 minute chat to see how we can work together, what you’re looking for and look at availability. 

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I usually have availability on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays in the day times. If you require an evening session please let me know and we can look at what is available together. 

Further information

If I sound like the right fit for you, then please contact me, and we can arrange a chat to discuss what would suit you.There is no pressure, just the chance to see if I can help or help point you to someone who can.

Payment is simple for sessions, paid via bank transfer a week before our session. I work online via Zoom or face to face in Dorchester, Dorset. 

If you're working with me face to face, I work from a quiet little space in Dorchester near to the bus and train routes as well as the bypass. My office sits just outside of town with plenty of free parking on site and a private, comfy and bright area for us to work together, offering you safety and convenience. 

I try to make everything as clear and simple for us as possible so we both know where we stand and can build up a trusting connection.

Get in touch to set up an introductory free phone call :)

Dorchester, Dorset, DT1

Weymouth, Dorset, DT4

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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Carley Symes
Carley Symes