Caroline Skinner - Registered Counsellor & Coach

Caroline Skinner - Registered  Counsellor & Coach


About me

Do you feel like you need to make some changes in your life? Maybe give up some habits, addictions or think about doing something differently in your life or career? Or maybe you have just separated, divorced or recently come out of a relationship, or had a bereavement? At different times in our lives we all need support with coping and managing our relationships with others or with our own strong feelings. At such times we might feel sad or anxious and worried about coming to counselling as this "might make things worse" or that we might "go mad" or feel strange about talking to a stranger. These are normal things to feel when we are under pressure or feeling stressed. Talking about things often puts things in perspective or sharing these thoughts is often a relief!

How I could help you...

I am a registered counsellor & coach and I draw on different approaches & creative techniques in my work to find the best way to work with each person I see.I offer a warm, private, and confidential service where you can be supported to explore and address what is making you feel unhappy. The most common feedback I get is that I help people feel more confident and more able to make the changes that they want in their lives. The second most common feedback I get is that people do not feel judged by me - this is because I have many years' experience in this type of work, and because I believe anyone could be made to feel vulnerable at different times in their lives - dependent on what is happening. It is at this time we all need some support to feel more resilient and think about "where next?"

Sometimes it's difficult to figure out how to do this on your own - a skilled counsellor will not advise or judge you - but will help you to think about what is going on and how you could take more control over your personal circumstances. I have many years' experience in counselling and working for the NHS as a social worker helping people with relationship issues, anxiety, depression and drugs / alcohol problems, and enjoy helping others to achieve their potential in life. In the NHS I was trained in motivational interviewing techniques and CBT skills which are effective ways to help people identify what they want in life and how they might create some change for themselves.

I have also experience of working in a hospice with patients and their families and can offer counselling and support for people with a terminal illness and / or their families wanting to find ways of managing and coping with life either when their loved one is ill or post bereavement.

Where and When we could meet?

I work from a comfortable room in a Victorian house in Southsea which has a self contained counselling suite with a waiting area and W.C. facilities. There is on street parking in a quiet pleasant one way road. Sometimes I might work from a private clinic also in Southsea which is in a discreet location. I generally work on a Monday or a Tuesday and can offer early evening appointments to fit around busy working people.

What to Expect in the first session?

The first time we meet will be an opportunity to talk about what is concerning you, and what has brought you to counselling? You can tell me if you have had counselling before and what was helpful or not helpful about this? You can ask questions about how I might work with you and you can tell me what you think might help. Everyone is different and some people come to counselling knowing what they want help with, others need more time and help with "unpicking" what is making them worried, anxious or feel depressed. Whatever you choose to say is up to you and as we get to know each other it might be that you become more confident to talk more about yourself and what is troubling you. Please be reassured you not be judged and your confidentiality will be respected unless you speak of seriously harming others or yourself and then we will talk about "What happens next"?


As I coach I help people explore their skill set and make decisions about career change, and in this role I am currently working with managers in health and social care - helping them to develop their resilience, examine their careers and develop their management and supervision skills at work. I have also worked with people who feel they are being bullied at work or at home and support them to help find a way to change this situation. Please make contact with me to discuss how I can help you.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have many years’ experience in the NHS, working for an addictions charity and as a private counsellor helping people to manage their emotional well - being and empowering them to make important decisions and set realistic goals - to bring about change in their lives. I am experienced in working with addictions, depression, anxiety and helping people to work through issues in their relationships & their ambivalence about change - to develop new ways of coping.

Motivational Interviewing

CBT Skills

Brief Therapy

Interpersonal Counselling

Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (CPTA & Reg MBACP 773449 ) Registered Counsellor 146900

L3 Certificate in Integrative Counselling

M.A. in Professional Education & Training in Human Services

C.Q.S.W. & Post grad Diploma in Social Work & Advanced Award in Social Work

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Coaching for career development

Action Learning - solution focussed small group learning

Photos & videos

  • counselling & coaching room


£50 per session

(less for trainee counsellors)

Published articles

Further information

I work from a private clinic in Southsea which offers a safe and confidential space in which to talk
71 Marmion Rd, Portsmouth PO5 2AX

Maps & Directions

Southsea, PO4

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Flexible weekdays

Types of client

Young people
Employee Assistance Programme