Dawn Astle-McDonald

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Southampton, Hampshire, SO16 8LS
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About me


Hi, I'm Dawn. I can help you with the overwhelming feelings of anxiety, depression, stress, grief or anger. In particular, I can support you to understand the impact of childhood experiences on your adult life. If you struggle to understand or self-regulate your emotions, or if you are feeling stuck, you may be feeling as if you are not yourself. I work with clients who have experienced trauma such as childhood sexual abuse and domestic abuse. However, I can also help with the after effects of any challenging life experience. I work alongside you to help you understand and overcome these difficulties.

I offer face to face (f2f) and hybrid f2f/online and to people aged 18 or older.  

Training, qualifications & experience

My qualifications include:

  • BSc Psychology
  • MSc Health Psychology
  • DipHE Gestalt Counselling
  • Level 3 Person-centred Counselling

I have worked with clients who experience high levels of anxiety including General Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and who are autistic or have an ADHD diagnosis. I also work with clients who have experienced domestic abuse and historic childhood sexual abuse.

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I haven't ticked all of the options that I could help with.  Please drop me a line or call me if you would like to find out if I can help you. I offer a free 15 minute call. If I am not suitably qualified/experienced to help you, I will signpost you if I know someone who might be suitable.

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£60.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

I offer concessions for veterans, their families and NHS/emergency services employees as well as full time students. Please enquire for rates.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Usually available Mon -Thu between 9am and 7pm.  I have limited availability for evening sessions (5pm onwards) at the moment but can pop you on my waiting list.

Further information

I am able to use my Health Psychology knowledge to support clients with chronic physical ill health.

I am a military veteran so I have lived experience which may provide some clients some reassurance as they begin to share their military experience in counselling.

Rownhams House, Betteridge Drive, Rownhams, Southampton, Hampshire, SO16 8LS

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

DBS check

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My counselling spaces are within a Georgian house so unfortunately there isn't a hearing induction loop. However, wheelchair and limited mobility access is possible if you need it.

Online platforms

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