Ellie Bainbridge BA (hons) counselling, Reg MBACP
First session free
I currently offer your first session free of charge with no obligation.
Where to find me
My counselling services are based in Dibden, conveniently placed near Holbury, Totton , Beaulieu and surrounding areas. I have a bespoke comfortable and private office.
What to expect when you contact me
I welcome inquiries by text, email and telephone and look forward to answering any questions you may have. We will discuss what you are hoping to explore and how I will work with you.
Some people feel quite nervous about speaking out, sometimes for the first time, about personal problems and this is something I do understand. The most important person is you and you can set the pace, choose when to stop and how far you go in any session. My job is to support you and help you to feel safe as you embark on a journey of discovery about you.
If you feel that we are a good match then we can arrange a time to meet. This can be for a 30 minute no obligation free discussion so that you can make a decision about whether to proceed with counselling with me.
I am available at various times and days to suit individual needs.
Your first session
You have decided to proceed with your first counselling session. When you arrive I will bring you straight to my counselling room at my home. This room is cosy and comfortable and most importantly, private. Your initial session will begin with my taking down some details and getting a picture of your situation and agreeing timescale and cost. I will explain a little more about how I work and will ask if you have any further questions.
Following this we will begin to explore your issue.
Gestalt counselling, which is my core approach, uses a variety of ways of allowing the unconscious to express itself. I am comfortable integrating CBT, solution focused approach and can also use art, sandtray work, use of objects.
However, I will use only methods that you are comfortable with and often talking therapy is enough. Sometimes I may offer you the option of using art, objects or2 chair work.
I use a sliding scale of charges for my service, depending on an individual's circumstances and what they can afford.
I am also able to offer counselling supervision.
Training, qualifications & experience
Certificate in Counselling
Diploma Gestalt counselling
BA (hons) Humanistic Counselling
Experience with CBT counselling
Experience of Solution Focused Therapy
Counselling Supervision Certificate
I have counselled at:
No Limits Youth Services
Southampton Rape Crisis
CRI/Solent NHS Substance Misuse Service
It's Your Choice Anger Management
I have worked with young people for many years and specialised in Anger Management. I prefer to call this Anger Therapy as there is usually a deep seated reason for angry behaviour.
I have extensive knowledge of substance misuse and can approach this practically in terms of recovery but also therapeutically.
I have counselled sexual abuse survivors and worked with trauma.
Alongside this I work with relationship difficulties, self esteem issues, mental health concerns and loss and bereavement.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Please contact me for an exact price.
I work on a sliding scale from £25 to £40. The initial free consultation is likely to last a little over 1 hour. Subsequent meetings will be for 50 minutes.
I work flexible hours which usually can be tailored to most people's needs.
Telephone and skype counselling can be arranged.