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About me

The journey of life can be challenging at times. From personal experience, I know that counselling can offer you a way forward. I can provide a safe, non-judgemental and confidential space, where the opportunity to talk can help make sense of your problems. Exploring issues together, enables confidence to grow and the change can lead to a more hopeful and clearer future.

I work from an Integrative perspective, which means that I combine several theoretical approaches. In the therapeutic relationship, I include from humanistic, psychodynamic, transactional analysis and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). Recognising that each client is unique, I tailor the therapy to meet their individual needs.

I have professional membership with the BACP and I am on their register. I abide by their Code of Ethics and Practice and receive regular supervision for my client work. This ensures I am always working for your benefit and with your safety in mind.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • Certificate in Counselling Studies
  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Attachment Theory (3 years study)
  • Couples Counselling training

I have undertaken additional training to increase my knowledge and understanding of:

Relational Mindfulness
Attachment and loss
Sexual issues
Trauma and abuse
Money Matters
Releasing feelings through creative arts.


I run a Private Practice in New Milton. Until recently I worked for a charity offering both long and short term counselling. Also, I have worked for a number of years in a Doctor's surgery.

Previously, I have gained over 20 years experience working with children, young adults and families in a range of settings, including schools and colleges. Also, I enjoy working with all ages and for several years have run groups for and with older people.

Previous qualifications include;

BSC(Hons) Institutional Management - 1981
PGCE in Education - 1997
MA in Youth work - 2009

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
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers

Additional information

Counselling sessions are 50 minutes long.

My fees are: £45.00 Individual and £50 for Couples

I do offer a sliding scale, enabling access for all. Also I offer a limited number at a discounted rate for counselling students.

Please feel free to contact me to discuss the information further.


I work on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday daytime and evening.

Further information

I have my own Private Practice in New Milton, easily accessible by public transport or by car. Free parking is available. I work week days and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday day time and evenings.

An initial meeting may take longer than the 50 minutes, but it is essential to find out your current situation, talk about what I can offer you and agree to whether we could work together. The cost of this initial meeting is £45.00 (Couples £50)

Please call or email me for further information. I hope that you will appreciate that if I am counselling, I will come back to you as soon as I am able to.

New Milton

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

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Fiona Darbyshire

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