About me

Counselling is about change. By reading this and contemplating that change you are already making a big step.

I have been working as a Humanistic Counsellor for the past 14 years. My practice is situated in Hedge End, just off junction 7 of the M27. It is easily accessible to all surrounding areas including Portsmouth, Fareham, Southampton and Eastleigh and has parking available. I have a broad training and work very flexibly within this which means that I can offer both long term and short term work and use a range of therapeutic approaches including CBT and Mindfulness to best suit you and your needs. I am fully qualified, insured and am also a registered member of the BACP.

I have worked in a range of different settings and have extensive experience of working with issues including trauma, bereavement, loss, identity, depression, anxiety, panic, phobias, anger management, relationships, confidence, low mood and perinatal and postnatal anxiety and depression. Please see further below for a fully comprehensive list.

How Counselling Can Help:

People access counselling for many different reasons. Life can often feel difficult and it can be hard to find a way out of how we are feeling on our own. Talking to those who are closest to us can often feel hard. Those people may feel too close or may even be part of the issue itself. This is where counselling can help. I provide a safe and confidential space for you to explore and understand how you are feeling and together we can look for a way forward.

I understand that looking for a Counsellor can feel overwhelming and confusing so if you have any questions, or would just like a quick chat about how it all works, I welcome your call on 07916 159750. Please do leave me a message on this number or you can email me at: emmagildercounselling@outlook.com

Training, qualifications & experience

Diploma in Humanistic Counselling based on Transactional Analysis

Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills

Transactional Analysis 101

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - Wimbledon Guild

Rewind Technique (an NLP practice to help trauma and phobias)

Working with Young People/ Play and Art

Child Protection and Safeguarding

Registered Member of the BACP

Member of the HACP

Fully insured

I also keep my CPD up to date with on-going regular training.

I have worked in a range of different settings including private practice, the charity 'First Steps to Freedom', Further Education and for a large Employment Assistance Company where I currently work.

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

Additional information

I offer a 30 minute free initial assessment. This gives you a bit of space to discuss what you're hoping to get from counselling and whether the counselling feels right for you.

£45 per session after. I also offer sessions at a reduced rate.


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Emma Gilder

Emma Gilder