About me

NO WAITING LIST!!!!  I will endeavor to see you within a week of you contacting me or sooner if possible.

I am a person centered counsellor who offers a safe and confidential service for you to talk about any problems that you are encountering in life. Counselling can be useful to explore what is going on for you in the 'here and now'.

I am a registered member of BACP and work within their ethical framework.

I firmly believe that talking to a sensitive and skilled listener can make a real difference. I also believe that one of the most important factors in your therapy is the relationship you establish with your counsellor. Therefore, I aim to offer you my undivided attention and I will do my best to understand you, your inner world and the things which trouble or confuse you without being judgmental.

I have experience of counselling teenagers aged 11-16 in a school setting. I also counsel adults who have a caring role in life at Southend Carers Forum and see clients privately at Prittlewell house. I have also worked as a Learning Support Assistant with children aged 14-19 who have severe learning disabilities and additional needs and have used my counselling skills within my role.

Training, qualifications & experience

BACP Certificate of Proficiency
CPCAB Advanced Diploma Level 4 Therapeutic Counselling
CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
AQA Level 2 Introduction to Counselling and First Steps in the Theory of Counselling
RSA Counselling Skills
Theoretical aspects of Bereavement
Working with Parents and Teenagers
Safe, Professional and Effective Practice for Counsellors and Psychotherapists
Working With Addiction
Working With Clients Who Self Harm
Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults
Safeguarding of Children
Psychology and Mental Health

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

Shame and guilt

Therapies offered


Additional information

I offer individual counselling at £40 for a 50 minute session.


daytimes from 9am to 5pm Some evenings and Saturday mornings

Further information

I offer short or long term counselling

30 East Street

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults


Dawn Poulton

Dawn Poulton