About me

Hi, I'm Donna, a trauma specialist offering online, telephone and walk and talk therapy which provides you the opportunity to explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviours in a safe and secure environment.

Do you feel disconnected or numb to the world, or do you find yourself feeling anxious, sad or low in mood?  Do you experience the feeling of being isolated and alone, and want someone to really listen to you, understand and empathise with your struggles.  

I provide confidential, professional, non-judgemental and caring counselling to support you to focus on managing complicated feelings such as anxiety, depression and low self worth, among many other issues surrounding mental health and well being, all the while concentrating on improving your peaceful mind.  You can feel confident that with the proper assistance you can begin to have a life that you feel is right for you. 

I Have worked in trauma since 2013, so if you have experienced childhood sexual abuse, domestic violence or sexual assault, I would be honoured in assisting you on your journey to recovery.  I can support you in exploring your trauma in a safe and secure environment, furthermore I can help you look at the past,  in the present moment with a goal for a better future.

If you want more information then please do not hesitate to contact me for a free 30-minute informal chat to determine if I am the right fit for your situation right now:

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a qualified Integrative Counsellor and trauma specialist with a 1st degree in Integrative Counselling and a Foundation degree in Transactional Analysis.

As well as working in my private practice I also work part time for a charity that specialises in domestic and sexual abuse, additionally, I work for a college as their student counsellor.

I recognise that we are all different and one way of working will not suit all clients, which is why I choose to train as an Integrative counsellor.  I can incorporate different elements to my practice which will include, but are not limited to, CBT techniques, Emotional Coping Skills incorporating a DBT model, Brief Solution Focused Therapy and Mindfulness techniques to match what my clients bring to session.  I find working with Psych Ed tools to address the clients understanding and management of distress tolerance, emotional regulation and interpersonal ways of being, useful in managing trauma responses as we work from the core of the self and validate ourselves rather than looking for external validation.

To further enhance my practice I attend regular CPD (Continued Professional Development) programs in many different subject, many of which are related to trauma and emotional coping skills 

  • First BA (Hons) in Integrative Counselling Middlesex University
  • FdA in Transactional Analysis  Middlesex University
  • Diploma (DipHE) in Transactional Analysis Middlesex University
  • Domestic and Sexual Abuse training
  • Implementing Trauma Informed Practice
  • Individual Member of BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) 
  • Member of HACP (Hampshire Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists)
  • Certificate in Safeguarding Training
  • BACP and Open University Counselling online/telephone course COVID-19 primer
  • Experience of working with people of all ages from diverse backgrounds

In accordance with my professional bodies requirements, my work is professionally supervised and insured.  I hold an Enhanced DBS status also

Member organisations

BACP

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.

Fees

From £45.00 to £50.00
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

I offer an initial 30-minutes online/telephone session free, so that we can check I am the right match for you.

After, if you decide to work with me I charge between £45-£50 for 50-minutes session,

Please ask about concessions

Southampton
Hampshire
SO45

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

In England and Wales, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly known as CRB) carry out criminal records checks for individuals working with vulnerable groups, such as children. To find out more, visit gov.uk , or contact this professional directly

Online platforms

Skype
Zoom