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BA (Hons) Counselling, MBACP Registered Counsellor
Gainsborough, North Lincolnshire, DN21

About me

Thank you for taking the time to look at my profile.
Let me tell you a bit about me: I am a registered member of the BACP. I am client centred and work collaboratively with you to unpick the issues that are troubling you. I came to the counselling profession in my 40's as I had often been told that I am a good listener. I form a warm and caring therapeutic relationship with my clients and although I like clients to have a goal or target to reach in counselling, the pace is set by you. The space I provide for you is free from judgements, safe and confidential (with some limitations) and I am not uncomfortable if you cry or need a few moments to collect your thoughts before continuing. 

I have experience counselling people that live with MS (Multiple Sclerosis) and understand the anxiety and worries a long-term medical diagnosis can bring. I have also worked with bereavement, loss of identity, anxiety, self-esteem issues as well as relationship issues, acceptance of changing circumstances and adverse childhood experiences that are carried into adulthood, as well as linking adult behaviours to long forgotten childhood experiences.

I work collaboratively with you as the expert on yourself to help explore your issues within a non-judgmental and confidential environment. I find that people need on average 6-12 sessions but some people only need 2 or 3, some more, therefore I review after every 4 sessions to make sure you are getting the most from the counselling. There is also the opportunity for single session catch-ups after the initial counselling to talk through any developments.

The individual virtual person-centred counselling I offer is by phone or Skype because I believe that hopefully you are more relaxed and will be more comfortable sharing personal 'stuff' in your own home. I also have experience counselling by email which is encrypted and confidential and provide more information in the fees section, please note that this is not suitable for some issues but we can discuss in more detail when you get in touch.

To book your first appointment just drop me a message and I will get back to you to arrange our first session. I understand that it can all feel a little daunting so we will go at your pace.

If you have any questions please do get in touch, I will get back to you.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a Foundation degree in Counselling and a 2:1 BA (Hons) degree in Counselling which is continually built on with the training listed below:

Multiple Sclerosis Awareness training from MS-UK.

Level 2 certificate in Understanding children and young people’s mental health.

Certificate in Adverse Childhood Experiences.

Certificate in Counselling for Bereavement and Grief 

This is being continually built upon with continual professional development (CPD)

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

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).

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Multiple Sclerosis - MS counselling focussed on the impact and effects of living with MS


£25.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Additional information

My fees are £25 per 50 minute virtual session.

For students and other concessions it's £20 per 50 minute virtual session.  

For email therapy payment for the session would still need to be paid in advance, but the emails may be exchanged over a number of days or weeks. The way payment is worked out is for every 60 client words the client types it is counted as 1 minute of therapy time, and for every 60 therapist words it's 2 minutes, the total amount is deducted from the session time and the client notified how much time they have remaining.

I accept payment by Paypal as well as by bank transfer, and as sessions are not in person I ask for payment the day before to secure the session.

My ethos is looking after your mental health should be affordable.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I read and respond to emails out of the days and times listed above within a few hours if I'm not busy with professional or personal commitments. My 8pm sessions get booked a week in advance

Further information

The Client or Person Centred Approach has as its core values that a therapist should be empathic, non-judgemental and honest whilst being fully present and actively listening in sessions and recognising you as the expert of yourself. I aim to bring all of these aspects to our sessions.

For good practice, I abide by the Ethical Framework and Guidelines for Online and Phone therapy of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and I am committed to Continuing Professional Development.

Gainsborough, North Lincolnshire, DN21

Type of session


Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

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Charlotte Houghton

Charlotte Houghton