About me

Hi and Welcome

**** Update - July 2020:  I am now offering face to face appointments or support via skype.****

I am a fully qualified Counsellor with a wide range of experience offering appointments at my practice in Poole.

Whether you are struggling with anxiety, depression, bereavement, relationship issues, self harm, suicidal thoughts, how you feel about yourself, things that have happened in your past or are simply finding life difficult to cope with, talking to a counsellor can help you make sense of how you are feeling and look at how you can start to move forwards.

It can be a relief to talk to someone that is not connected to you, who will listen without judgement and without telling you what to do.  Exploring events, thoughts and feelings can help them become clearer; what can feel like a tangle in your head can start to become easier to process, accept or change and also lessen the feeling of carrying around a weight.  This can help you to feel that you are coping and moving forwards.

Every person, and every issue, is different; how you feel is unique to you. Hence what people want to get from counselling is also very individual.  Sessions will always be based around what you feel will be most helpful for you, with regular reviews.

Some people want to explore and work through past problems and experiences; others prefer to focus on current challenges, working on changing how they think, feel and their life as it is now.  For many, counselling will be a combination of both.

I have experience working with both adults and older teenagers so if you are a parent with concerns please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Please feel free to email or phone with any questions, or to make a free initial appointment to meet and discuss whether you feel counselling could be helpful for you.

  Counselling can't change the past, but it can change your present and your future

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Level 5 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic Skills and Theory (CBT)
  • Level 5 Certificate in Counselling Young People
  • Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
  • Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills

Continuing Professional Development is essential for a Registrant of the BACP and I continue to update my skills and training on a regular basis – short courses include:

  • TA 101 The Official Introduction to Transactional Analysis
  • Anxiety and Depression in Young People
  • Families affected by Bereavement
  • Self Harm
  • Drug Awareness Level 1
  • Dynamics of Power and Control
  • Data Protection (GDPR)
  • Safeguarding

Within my private practice I have experience working one to one helping clients with a wide range of issues.

I have gained very broad experience counselling both adult and teenage students at a local College, dealing with issues ranging from anxiety, depression, bereavement, relationship problems, coping with stress, self harm, suicidal thoughts, problems at home or college, difficulty adjusting to changing life circumstances.

I also have experience of offering skype counselling support to adults on placement overseas who are coping with adjustment issues, difficult life circumstances or mental health issues, and have previously worked for Steps2Wellbeing counselling adults with very diverse problems.

Registrant on the BACP Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (Registration No.374431)

Member organisations


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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Counselling via skype can also be arranged if required.

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Additional information

£45 for a 50 minute session.

Free introductory appointment.

If you would like to arrange a free introductory appointment which would give you the opportunity to meet me and decide whether you feel counselling would be helpful just let me know.

We will regularly review the counselling in order to decide how many sessions will be helpful for you.


Flexible availability

Further information

Counselling sessions take place in a comfortable room just over the lifting bridge in Poole.

Free 2 hour parking available.  There is a waiting room and toilet facilities.

Please note there is no disabled access as my practice is on the first floor, with no lift available.  It may be possible to arrange home visits.

Shapwick House
Shapwick Road
BH15 4AP

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Carrie Briggs

Carrie Briggs