About me

Are you struggling with a relationship or family issue?  Would you like to explore your experiences and find out more about yourself?  Are you curious where your problems come from? 

Hello, I'm Donna and I run a private practice in Portsmouth, offering you a safe space to talk through what is on your mind, in confidence.

Counselling is a strange thing; sitting down with a total stranger and talking about intimate and personal stuff can feel uncomfortable and daunting.  I work in a warm and professional way and we can talk through any fears or concerns you have about counselling.

I promise to listen, without judgement.  I work with you, to help you make sense of what is going on for you, for you to get a better understanding of yourself and why you are struggling,  supporting you in finding your own solutions.

I am a firm believer that you can change, that it is possible to work through your issues and come out the other side with a better understanding of yourself and your relationships.  Events that happen to us in childhood shape us and I help you to explore these and to see how they have affected you and your relationships.

My experience includes:

  • Family and relationship issues
  • Anxiety
  • Loss including pregnancy loss
  • Low self-esteem
  • Issues from childhood

Sessions are at your pace with you setting the agenda. We can work in an open-ended way or work to a limited number of sessions, whatever feels right for you.

I offer a free 15 minute telephone call where you can give me a brief outline of what has brought you to counselling and what you want from counselling. It will give you a chance to ask questions and get a feel for whether I am the right therapist for you. I will also ask you some questions so that I am clear that I have the right experience for you.

After our telephone call,  it is your decision whether you wish to book a session with me, there is no pressure.

Email or call me now to talk through what is on your mind and how I can help you.  I will give you my full attention, provide confidentiality  and be open to any questions you may have.

Training, qualifications & experience

    • Diploma in Psychotherapeutic (Psychodynamic) counselling.
  • Registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I work to their Ethical Framework which means that my work is underpinned by a set of values and ethics designed to keep you safe.
  • I undergo regular continued professional development, so I'm constantly learning and developing my understanding.
  • Foundation For Infant Loss Training

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.


£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

Initial session is £35, all other sessions are £45.00.  All sessions are 50 minutes long.

I offer a free 15 minute telephone call where you can give me a brief outline of what has brought you to seek counselling.  You can ask me any questions you may have and it will help to give you a feel for whether I am the right counsellor for you.  I will ask you some questions so that I can gauge whether I have the right experience for you.


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Evening and day appointments available. I aim to get back to you within 24 hours of receiving a message from you.

Further information

I am offering face to face and online counselling.

Covid-19 precautions taken, information is available on request.

Somers Road North

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

There is a lift in the building which gives access to all floors.

Online platforms

Donna Stretton

Donna Stretton