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Emma Heylen. MBACP. Dip.Counsellor. BA (Hons)

Wimborne, Dorset, BH21
07846 182 045 07846 182 045

About me

Reaching out to someone else is brave and takes courage. I provide a safe place for you to explore whatever is on your mind and listen without judgement. You may feel stuck, sad, or you may be struggling with life circumstances; especially at the moment.  Being confined to our homes can bring about extra challenges and induce pressure and anxiety. Together we can find ways to help you move forward. Sometimes fear and anxiety becomes a huge issue in life and can cause a block; counselling maybe just what you need.

During these challenging times you can choose if you would prefer to have online sessions (zoom) or counselling in my room in Wimborne.  A risk assessment has been carried out and will be emailed to you upon request.

A little about me. I have lived in different countries, which has given me an understanding of different cultures, I have worked in pastoral care for over twenty years and have provided relationship skills training to students for seven years helping them with relationship issues.

I am a qualified counsellor and have experience working with young people and adults with a range of different issues. I first trained in the humanistic, specifically the person-centred modality which helps me to treat you as a unique person.  I then completed a BA (Hons) degree in integrative counselling, specialising in developmental trauma.  I work creatively to help you sort though some of your thoughts and behaviours. I draw from models such as (CBT) cognitive behavioural therapy, psychodynamic therapy, transactional analysis, mindfulness and gestalt therapy.

Counselling can sometimes be difficult but together we can focus on your goals and the rewards can be life changing.  I see clients one to one for both short and long term work and I see couples. Although I work from a Christian worldview, my own life experiences help me to understand and respect people with different worldviews.

Training, qualifications & experience

BA Hons Degree in Integrative Counselling awarded by Middlesex University

Working with young people (ages 11-18) Stage 1

CPCAB Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling level 4

CPCAB Counselling Studies level 3

CPCAB Counselling Skills level 2

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Mentoring young people


Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Couples counselling
  • Existential therapy
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Transactional analysis


Free 30 minute online first session (Zoom or telephone)

£40 per 1 hour session (Individual)

£50 per 1 hour session (couple)

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Further information

I am a member and registered with BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) and continue my professional development by meeting regularly with counsellors and attending monthly supervision. I also attend professional development days throughout the year.


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


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.

Wheelchair user access

There is free available parking in the premises.


I am available for sessions on weekdays and I offer evening sessions on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults


Emma Heylen. MBACP. Dip.Counsellor. BA (Hons)

Emma Heylen. MBACP. Dip.Counsellor. BA (Hons)