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Elisabeth Berkeley, Registered MBACP, Integrative Counsellor

Dorchester, Dorset, DT1

About me

I do not currently have spaces available for new clients.

How Counselling can help:

Having a confidential space to talk through the issues that are troubling you, can help you to feel listened to and understood, which can lead to new perspectives and new ways of managing difficulties. People often come to counselling when they are experiencing difficulties in their lives. These could include life experiences such as illness, loss, bereavement, stress, life crisis, a transition, work or relationship problems. Some experiences in life, both from the past and present, can leave feelings of being stuck, confused and unsure about how to move forward. There may be a generalised sense of unhappiness or dissatisfaction, depression, anxiety or simply a desire to know themselves more deeply. Counselling can help you make sense of what you are experiencing and increase self awareness and self esteem.

How I work:

I work from the understanding that we all have inherent health and, given the right conditions, we orientate naturally towards wholeness and well-being. I offer a non-judgemental, compassionate and accepting environment, where you can explore your concerns. Taking the first step to access support can feel daunting, but these fears are usually eased once we meet and you start the process. I am trained in the Humanistic approach, which combines Person-centred, Gestalt and Transactional Analysis models of therapy. I went on to further train in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Trauma Focused Therapy and I incorporate these techniques and skills into my work where appropriate.

My experience:

I am a highly experienced counsellor - I currently work in private practice and for a charity facilitating one to one and group sessions with Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapy. Previously, I have worked as a Staff Counsellor with a charitable organisation, where I worked within the Adult Therapeutic Service with adults who had experienced childhood sexual abuse, domestic abuse and sexual violence. Within this service, I also facilitated a weekly therapy group, delivered Trauma Focused Therapy sessions and provided Clinical Supervision for volunteer counsellors . Previously to this, I have worked as a counsellor in the NHS and with students in a Further Education College.

I have worked extensively with people in areas such as anxiety, depression, low mood, self harm, anger, self-esteem, relationship issues and stress.  I have in-depth knowledge of working with Trauma and particularly in relation to childhood sexual abuse, sexual assault and domestic abuse. Other work includes counselling for anxiety and depression, work stress, relationship issues and addiction, using brief solution focused and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, which sets ethical guidelines for the counselling I provide. I understand the importance of offering a quality service with high standards of care and I am committed to ongoing professional development. I hold the appropriate CRB/ DBS checks.

Training, qualifications & experience


  • CPCAB Level 5 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic Skills and Theory.
  • CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.
  • CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies.
  • CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills.

Training and CPD:

  • Supporting Male Victims/Survivors of Sexual Abuse.
  • Stabilisation Work in complex Trauma Counselling.
  • Issues around Gender Identity.
  • Compassion Focused Therapy.
  • Violence within Teen Relationships.
  • Safeguarding Adults and Young People.
  • Diversity.
  • Safe Trauma Recovery.
  • Domestic Abuse.
  • Mentalisation Based Skills and Theory.
  • Trauma Focused Therapy.

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.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Existential therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis


Concessions offered for

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

Additional information

I am able to offer a free half hour telephone consultation for us to discuss the counselling, and where we can think together about any goals you might have. This gives you the opportunity to see what it would be like to work with me, and should you decide to continue with me, we can discuss how many sessions you might need. I can work in a short term or long term way and we can review as we go along

My fee for a 50 minute counselling session is £50.

I offer a concessionary rate to trainee counsellors, those on low income and students. Please enquire to discuss.

Further information

I am not currently offering sessions to new clients.

You are welcome to email or call to discuss things further.  If I am unable to answer, please leave a message.  I will not always be able to answer your call straight away, so if you would like to leave your details, I will aim to get back to you within 48 hours.


Type of session


Types of client

Older adults
Elisabeth Berkeley, Registered MBACP, Integrative Counsellor

Elisabeth Berkeley, Registered MBACP, Integrative Counsellor