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How Counselling Can Help

Hello. I have significant experience in education (Primary) and further qualifications including an MSc in Educational support before becoming a qualified CBT counsellor.  My passion for being able to help create positive change has led me to work also with a range of age groups and so adapt my practice accordingly.  Counselling helps at all stages of life - it might just be the best investment you ever made.  I will listen and work hard to reflect upon and further develop my knowledge and understanding of the changes you seek as I work with you.  Our work will be collaborative and yes I will hope you carry out some practical exercises and work between sessions - so you really maximise the benefits of session work.  However we will go at your pace.

I have successfully worked with a range of presentations including anxiety, bereavement, trauma,  depression, phobias, panic attacks, low self-esteem, perfectionism, relationship difficulties, assertiveness and obsessive-compulsive disorders.  Whatever your presentation I will bring compassion, creativity, genuineness and empathy in working together with you to help you create the change in your life that you seek.  I am happy to hold a free consultation session to help you decide if you want to go ahead with counselling or not.

Training, qualifications & experience

I qualified with the COSCA Counselling Certificate in Listening Skills followed immediately by the COSCA Counselling Diploma in CBT and groups.  I have undertaken further training specifically in trauma, suicide awareness and online counselling.  I seek to become accredited with BACP therefore my continued professional development is ongoing and part of my counselling work. I bring a genuine interest and desire to know as much as I can about any client's individual presentation.  

Whilst being a qualified CBT counsellor I integrate an understanding of other approaches to counselling.  Most importantly my work is tailored to suit your way of working and what you are able to do at any given time.  Whilst I see the value of working together your "self work" between sessions seeks to create many opportunities for you to test out and practise the changes you seek.  I will work together with every client - whatever the challenges they face - to provide an experience of acceptance, genuineness and empathy in each and every session.

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Same sex relationships.


From £30.00 to £50.00
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

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

Additional information

My fees are on a scale from £30 to £50 with discounts offered for block bookings however all session payments must be made at least 24 hours in advance.  An initial consultation is provided at no cost.

Further information

I am able to work most evenings and my day time hours on a Thursday or Friday are negotiable.  I can be available for counselling work at the weekend but not every weekend.  I will try to be as flexible with you as possible but strictly adhere to payment 24 hours in advance and sessions cancelled within that time must be paid for. 

United Kingdom

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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Diane Masterson

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