Charlotte Hughes

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Bournemouth, Dorset, BH4
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About me

Since 2010 I have been in the privileged position to be able to help my clients work towards dealing with a wide range of issues and supported them as they work towards a better quality of life. As a counsellor I work to provide a warm, supportive environment for you to explore what is going on for you and what you want to achieve.   I will provide the time and space to feel comfortable with the process without feeling judged as we work together to help you adapt and cope better with the stresses that life tends to throw at us.

As a nurse who has almost 22 years experience in the NHS, I understand the challenges physical health has upon the emotional and psychological wellbeing of not only the individual, but also on their relationships with partners, their children and the whole family. I have been able to utilise my years of experience and knowledge of health-related issues to be able to provide psychological and emotional support clients who are living with acute and chronic health conditions.  This includes conditions such as recovering from major surgery, cancer treatment, CFS and MS, Chronic Pain and more recently, those suffering from Long Covid.

As a counsellor I have worked with Dorset Mind, providing counselling therapy to emergency services workers.  I have also worked with organisations such as Marriage Care and Breathe Easy Groups (in Northern Ireland)  

Enhanced DBS Certified 

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a fully qualified Integrative counsellor and a member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) working towards accreditation. I am on the Professional Standards Register.

As a humanistic integrative counsellor I have been trained to use a number of different counselling methods and theoretical approaches including Person Centred, CBT, TA and Emotion Focused Therapy. I am a qualified Emotion Focused Couples therapist and an associate member of ICEEFT.  I have experience as a counsellor working with Dorset Mind Blue Light service, a counselling service dedicated to meeting the needs of emergency services personnel.

I work with both individuals and couples.

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

  • Chronic Illness/health issues including Long Covid
  • Coping with Cancer - after diagnosis, during treatment and life after recovery.   Individual and couples work
  • Body Image post surgery/treatments
  • Couples/relationship therapy
  • Support for families/individuals affected by suicide


£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Aviva
  • Vitality

Additional information

£45 per 60 minute session.   

Discounted sessions available to Blue light card holders or NHS, frontline and other emergency services workers.  Contact me for more information.  Flexibility of session times available to accommodate shift patterns.

A free initial 30 minute session is available via phone call or Zoom.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

For NHS, frontline and other emergency services workers contact me for more information regarding flexibility of session times available.

Further information

I offer walk and talk sessions (Spring-Autumn) for clients who prefer the outdoors and being around nature.  For CV or CEV clients a number of home visit sessions are available.   A mix of walk and talk and Telephone or Zoom counselling sessions available if clients would like variety in the method of delivery of sessions.  Registered provider with Aviva and Vitality Health insurance.

Bournemouth, Dorset, BH4

Type of session

Home visits

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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I am able to offer Zoom or Telephone sessions to clients outside of my catchment area. For those with health conditions that make them clinically vulnerable (CV) or clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) a number of home visit sessions are available.

Online platforms

Google Meet