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I bring a warm, engaged, and candid approach to the therapeutic relationship so that you can feel comfortable bringing your true self to each session. I have particular experience in supporting people with trauma, anxiety, depresssion and those who self harm. I have been a counsellor at Portsmouth University for 3 years counselling students of all ages and I work from home privately,  as well as having recently started work for The You Trust Solent Rape and Sexual Assault Counselling Centre.

I offer psychodynamic counselling which is a form of therapy that aims to make the unconscious conscious and looks at how relationships and environments influence our decisions and choices in the here and now. It is an equal partnership, in which together we will carefully and sensitively explore your feelings, thoughts and memories without judgement and with complete confidentiality. I will help you to find inner resilience and coping strategies, and actively move towards the changes you want to see in your life.

Therapy offers a fresh alternative perspective for you to work on the most important relationship in your life, the one with yourself. It is a safe space for you to release and resolve what is perhaps holding you in a stuck position. I believe the essence of achieving all this lies in the foundations of trust you have with the therapist of your choice. This is backed up by research that states that the relationship between the client and therapist is the key to the successful outcome of the therapy, not the specific model of therapy being offered.I work online and by telephone and will resume face to face therapy when regulations allow. Onsite parking is available when face to face counselling resumes. I regret I do not have wheelchair access.

Training, qualifications & experience

Membership: BACP Individual Member

University of London, Birkbeck College: Diploma in Psychology

Diploma in Psychotheraputic Counselling

DBS Cleared

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.


Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • Students

Additional information

An initial telephone or Zoom consultation discussion, with no obligation to continue, is free. This is an opportunity for you to get a sense of what therapy is like, ask questions and consider if you could work with me.

Sessions thereafter cost £45 an hour (concessions available, please call me and ask). We would talk for one hour once a week at the same time for a duration of time agreed and decided upon by you. The length of therapy varies.



Type of session


Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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Claire Le Quesne

Claire Le Quesne