About me

Taking that first step to finding a counsellor may feel daunting, especially when life may already feel very challenging.

From listening to my clients I have come to understand how deciding to begin counselling can really feel quite scary.  It is for this reason that I offer a 30 minute introductory session for new clients, free of charge, and with no obligation to book further sessions.

I hope my profile will give you the information you need to make your choice.  If there is something else you need to know, please give me a ring or send me an e-mail.

I am a Humanistic Integrative Counsellor, which simply means that I work with a variety of techniques, depending on my client’s needs, and these techniques are held within a structured framework. My focus is to build a strong relationship with my clients to support and contain them through the challenges of the counselling work they choose to do.

Here is a brief snapshot of some of the work I have done.

I have worked as a counsellor and supervisor for several years with clients who are bereaved.  My clients have stretched across the age ranges and with all types of loss.  I have also worked alongside clients struggling to cope with loved ones who were terminally ill.

I have a lot of experience working with survivors of abuse and domestic violence.  This work includes working with feelings around power and control, the loss of childhood; strong feelings of guilt and shame, low self esteem and so much more.

I am an experienced Supervisor and I work on a 1:2:1 and group basis.

I offer both short and long term therapy, this is your choice.

Training, qualifications & experience

BACP Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist
UKRCP Registered

University of Southampton Advanced Diploma in Counselling
BSc (Hons) Reflective Therapeutic Practice
Certificate in Supervision Level 3

Enhanced DBS

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


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

Student counsellor's personal therapy
Student counsellor's supervision
Qualified counsellor's supervision

The lists above are not exhaustive.  If there is something that is troubling you, then it’s worth talking about, please give me a ring or send an e-mail.


Additional information

I offer affordable counselling and supervision

During 2020 the following fees will apply:

Adults                       £50
EMDR Adults             £50 for 50 minute session; £65 for 90 minute session

Trainee Counsellors     £40

Supervision                 £55
Couples                       £55

Corporate clients fees on request please

Further information


I have a counselling practice just outside the peaceful village of Cranborne in Dorset.  My practice is easily accessed being close to the towns of Verwood, Wimborne, Fordingbridge, Ringwood and Salisbury.  Bournemouth, Blandford and Southampton are approximately 30-35 minutes away.

Counselling rooms at the Cranborne location are all on the ground floor making access for clients with mobility difficulties easier. There is ample parking available.


Your Next Step

If you would like to chat or make an appointment for your free 30 minute introductory session please telephone 07831 115258

Creech Hill House
BH21 5PN

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access

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.

Counselling for clients with mobility challenges available at Cranborne


In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

I am an experienced supervisor working on both a one to one and group basis.

View supervision profile


Gail Longhurst

Gail Longhurst