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Georgia Swift (Dip.Couns) Applecross Psychotherapeutic Services

Southsea, Hampshire, PO4
02392 048 481 02392 048 481
Southsea, Hampshire, PO4

About me

I am an experienced and qualified Psychotherapeutic Counsellor registered with the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP)

I offer short and long term counselling to adults, children and adolescents in Portsmouth and surrounding areas (PO1-PO17)

How Counselling Can Help You:

It takes courage to acknowledge that for whatever reason you are struggling to manage life as well as you might like. It takes courage to accept that you need help to manage a historic or ongoing difficulty or to cope with a sudden and traumatic life experience.

Counselling is a talking therapy which gives you a safe, non judgemental and confidential space to talk about difficult feelings and challenges you may be experiencing.

As your Counsellor I will be beside you to help you on your journey of recovery. I won't tell you what to do but together we can explore your options to make managing life easier or find ways of helping you heal from a critical life experience.

"You don't always need someone to show you the light sometimes healing begins when someone sits beside you in the dark and lets you know that you are understood" - Georgia 2016

Issues I can help you through include:

  • Coping with loss, grief and bereavement
  • Managing traumatic life experiences
  • Low self-esteem
  • Depression, low mood and anxiety
  • Sexual abuse
  • Loneliness and isolation
  • Terminal illness & coping with the illness of a loved one
  • Dementia (including support for loved ones)
  • Difficult relationships
  • Mediation - conflict, workplace & neighbour disputes
  • Child and Adolescent emotional, social and behavioural difficulties (ESBD)
  • Childhood worries affecting school attendance
  • Support for parents facing difficulty with a childs' behaviour
  • Supporting victims of crime including the families of offenders
  • The upset of losing a beloved pet

In addition to my private practice I have experience of counselling clients within the NHS and charitable organisations supporting those who have experienced losing a baby, survivors of sexual abuse and for families enduring criminal trauma.

Please do feel free to contact me in confidence to discuss your individual counselling needs.

Training, qualifications & experience

My Other Relevant Experience Includes:

I held a lengthy career within the caring professions working with both adults and children in a variety of settings. I have specific areas of experience which include:

  • Specialist roles within the Criminal Justice System (Youth & Adult)
  • Supporting Looked After Children in community projects, residential care homes and in school
  • Behaviour support within mainstream education & in alternative provision (PRU)
  • Group facilitation for children (music & singing as therapy, emotional literacy & behaviour change programmes)
  • Singing as a therapeutic activity
  • Group facilitation for adults experiencing issues related to drug & alcohol misuse
  • Supporting bereaved parents and siblings

I am experienced in using various assessment tools to identify individual needs and am proficient in report writing.

My Qualifications include:

Diploma in Humanistic Counselling (BACP)

Certificate in Counselling Studies (CPCAB)

Professional Certificate of Effective Practice in Youth Justice

BTEC National Diploma in Performing Arts

I hold an Enhanced DBS Certificate (was CRB) and am fully insured.

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

I offer singing as a therapeutic activity for individuals & small groups.

Walk & talk sessions are available by arrangement for clients who prefer the outdoors.

Support for Victims of crime

Supporting those who are dealing with a loved one (partner, child or parent) being in Prison.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Group therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy

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£45 per hour (For telephone counselling appointments payment is required by BACS when booking)

£60 per hour (Domiciliary and site visits PO1-PO17)

I believe that finances shouldn't preclude you from counselling so I hold a limited number of reduced fee appointments for those with proof of limited means

48hours notice is required to cancel an appointment. Less than 48hours and missed appointments do require the session fee to be paid in full

Further information

As an Individual Member of the BACP and member of the Children & Young People Division (BACP) I adhere to the associations Code of Ethics.


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

My office is not accessible however home visits are available


In addition to week day & evening appointments I can offer home visits and weekend appointments by arrangement within PO1 - PO17

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
Georgia Swift (Dip.Couns) Applecross Psychotherapeutic Services

Georgia Swift (Dip.Couns) Applecross Psychotherapeutic Services