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About me

Hello, my name is Ella, welcome to my page.

Update - I am currently only available via telephone and online counselling.

I am a qualified and experienced Psychotherapist and Counsellor, who has a great passion for working alongside people, to help facilitate their potential in all areas and aspects of their lives.

I have over twenty years experience fostering relationships, in often creative ways, with people who have learning disabilities, emotional distress, adverse childhood experiences, or experiences of trauma.

I have worked with people in social care, education, a rape and sexual abuse crisis centre, mental health wellbeing centre and private practise. I believe a healthy, respectful relationship is key to feeling connected to others, ourselves and the world around us, leading to a happier, healthier and more satisfying life and that this is a relationship that therapy can provide.

It is my experience that sometimes it is hard to talk to partners, family, friends or colleagues about difficult feelings and the bad things that happen in our lives - we may fear worrying others, being judged or misunderstood. Not having someone to talk to can be lonely. Therapy is a way to share what is going on for you with someone who understands and cares, and who can help you work things out.

What I offer

Therapy (counselling/psychotherapy) can offer an opportunity to explore thoughts and feelings free from being judged or a reprisal, a space to explore what is troubling you.

I strive to fully understand you and in doing so, help you to better understand yourself.

I offer a deep respect for your life experience and an acceptance of who you are. I do not offer you advice, or tell you what I think you should do.

I trust that you have the ability to grow in a direction which is most useful to you. You may have lost your way, or life may seem to have become too complicated however, working with you, I can help you to grow, or to change in a positive way that can help improve your life, relationships and outlook. I can help you feel better understood.

About the service

I am available to work from my home and a room in The Orchard at Basingstoke Voluntary Action with adults, couples, groups, children 13+ and young people 18+ up to 21 years.

Currently I offer 50 minute sessions of telephone or online therapy on a weekly basis, usually at the same time, that is agreed together, either short-term (6-12 weeks) or long-term 12 weeks plus, depending on your need and wishes which we can discuss in our initial session.

Training, qualifications & experience

BA Hons Counselling & Psychotherapy Lecturer/Tutor 2018 - Present

Therapist with BRASACC 2017 - Present

Trauma and sexual abuse Training with Basingstoke Rape and Sexual Abuse Crisis Centre (BRASACC) 2017

BA Hons Person-Centred Counselling & Psychotherapy 2016

Thrive Adolescence Practitioner 2018 Working therapeutically with children 13+ and young people, with developmental issues, additional needs, mental health challenges or diagnoses, within an educational setting; fostering healthy secure and safe relationships in order to promote growth, resilience and integration

Therapist at Wellbeing Centre 2015 - 2017 Provided a counselling service for adults living with emotional distress and trauma related experiences

Therapist at YPI 2015 (Youth counselling service)

Diploma in Counselling 2012-2014

HND in Business Management 2000 Worked as Service Manager in a charity providing support for people with learning disabilities and mental health experiences

Diploma in Art & Design 1989 Used creative resources therapeutically in various therapeutic settings with young people and adults 1992 1998

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

  • Couples counselling
  • Person-centred therapy


Initial session is a first meeting appointment for half an hour free of charge offering an opportunity to discuss your needs and to assess whether I can offer you a therapeutic service and whether working with me, feels right for you.

*Fees for weekly sessions are:

I may be able to reduce fees if you are effected financially by Covid 19 or you are in receipt of a low income, which we can discuss during assessment.

£40 for adults
£55 for couples
£30 for children
£25 for young people

*I ask that payment is made 24 hours prior to session time, arranged via direct debit and that a 24 hours notice period is given for cancellation. If cancellation is made less that 24 hours notice, then the full fee will be still be charged.

Concessions offered for

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

Further information

  • I am a registered member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BCAP) and I work ethically in accord with the BACP ethical framework
  • I hold an enhanced DBS check (online service)
  • I hold personal and professional indemnity insurance
  • I protect client data inline with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
  • My work is fully Supervised
  • I am trained in safeguarding


The Orchard
White Hart Lane
RG21 4AF

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages No



Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


Ella Hearn BA Hons Counselling & Psychotherapy MBACP Registered

Ella Hearn BA Hons Counselling & Psychotherapy MBACP Registered