Hannah James MBACP, BSc Psychology - Trauma Counsellor
My name is Hannah James and I am an integrative counsellor and registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy).
As an experienced counsellor I’m able to offer a trusting, safe, confidential relationship, creating an environment in which you have the tools and power to explore anything in your life, whether past or present.
My approach is person-centred and integrative. This means I am able to adapt my therapeutic approach to suit your individual needs. Furthermore, as a client you will remain the focal point of our work together at all times, working at a pace that is right for you.
I use a range of different counselling and psychological theories including CBT skills to ensure a personalised experience for you, and my understanding and knowledge of mental health is informed by several years of practice and study.
I am a people person: as important as theory and practice is, I absolutely believe that taking ample time to get to know each other and create a safe, trusting, non-judgemental space is essential to a successful client-counsellor relationship.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a BSc in Psychology (Bournemouth University, 2012), in addition to my counselling qualification, and during the final year of my degree, I particularly specialised in attachment.
I have 10 years' experience working with children ranging from under 1s through to adolescents in a variety of different roles.
This is underpinned by a level 3 qualification in child development and education.
This experience has enhanced my work by giving me the knowledge and skills to be able to offer help and psychological education for people who may be experiencing difficulties relating to parenting.
My client work has been diverse in terms of age, personal circumstances and presenting difficulty. Initially, I gained experience as an addictions counsellor, then specialised in trauma and I now work as a trauma therapist for a local charity with particular focus on domestic violence, coercive control and sexual abuse.
I have also devised and delivered local training on trauma and sexual abuse, in partnership with the Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole Safeguarding Children's Board, within my role for the charity Acts Fast.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
From £50.00 to £65.00
Free initial telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
If you are looking for a warm, friendly and highly experienced counsellor then I would love to hear from you for a no-obligation chat. This initial 30 minute consultation over the phone will be free of charge. If you decide you would like to proceed with counselling, fees are £50 for online and £65 for face to face.
I ask that payment for the first full session is to be made in advance, at least 2 working days before the date of the first session. This can be either cash or made through BACS.
I ask that all subsequent sessions are to be paid either in advance through BACS, or in cash on the day of the session.
If, at any time your financial circumstances change, please talk to me and we can decide on a way forward together.
I am able to offer flexible appointments including evenings at this time
I am able to offer telephone and online counselling. With the loosening of restrictions I am starting to offer face to face sessions in line with current government guidance.