Ian Burton BSc(Hons)(Psych) FRGS MBPsS MBACP

Ian Burton BSc(Hons)(Psych) FRGS MBPsS MBACP

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Feversham Road

01722 410129 / 07951 509609

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About me

It is my aim to help you live a happier life!

I work in Salisbury with on-street parking, bus services and a nearby train station. Under certain circumstances, home counselling may be available, if you wish.

I offer open-ended and short-term counselling, with the aim of trying to help you come to a better understanding of your personal situation and support you in the changes you may wish to make. I enjoy working with all adults and young persons. I have extensive experience of working with people with Anxiety, Stress, Panic Attacks, Depression, Phobias, Eating Disorders, Bereavement, Relationship difficulties, OCD, PTSD and Combat Stress.

By exploring our thoughts and feelings we can identify unhelpful beliefs and patterns of behaviour that prevent us from living life in the way we would wish. Our life experiences influence who we are today. Sometimes past experiences affect our relationships and career negatively, or just leave us feeling disempowered and ‘stuck’.

Counselling offers an opportunity to develop insights into why we think and behave in certain ways. Increased understanding can help us make meaningful changes and build confidence which enables us to act proactively and respond more positively to difficult situations.

I believe it is never too late to change.

Training, qualifications & experience

With a BSc(Hons) degree in Psychology, I went on to train as a therapist with the wpf and graduated with a BACP Accredited Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling. I  have been providing counselling/psychotherapy since 2000.  I am a Registered Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society (MBPsS) and on the Accredited Register of the Professional Standards Authority as a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP).  I also have an Enhanced Government Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Certificate.

I observe the standards set out in the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions and participate in regular, ongoing Continuing Professional Development.

Over the years I have combined my work with a range of voluntary work. I am currently a volunteer with Hampshire Children Services working with Children in Care. Prior to this, I was a voluntary therapist for a Not-for-Profit counselling service. During the ‘90s, I was a trainer, supervisor and volunteer for the Samaritans and an Appropriate Adult with Surrey Probation Service. I have also worked in a Day Centre for adults with learning difficulties and had the privilege of working closely with patients and their families in a hospice.

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Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Life Issues
  • Parenting challenges
  • Teenagers and young people
  • Loss in its many forms
  • Death and Dying
  • Bereavement
  • Serious illness
  • PTSD
  • TRiM
  • Trauma
  • Armed Forces MHFA
  • On-Line Skype, or FaceTime Counselling
  • Telephone Counselling
  • Home Visits

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  • Consulting Room
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When you contact me, we will agree a time to speak for up to 20 minutes on the phone. There is no charge for this.

If counselling seems right for you and you feel you wish to work with me, we will arrange a set day and time for you to come to counselling. The first session, which will be an initial consultation/ assessment will last 90 minutes. This will cost £85.00.  

Thereafter, the cost for each counselling session will be £60.00.

Further information

People come to therapy for all sorts of reasons. Everyone is different and no two people have the same challenges, or the same life history.  I will respect your views and try to support and help you to find your own insight and understanding of the challenges you are facing.

Some folk come with a definite issue or problem, perhaps a life crisis, eating disorders, OCD, relationship difficulties, addiction (pornography, sex, drugs and alcohol), abuse, bereavement, old age, depression, personality disorders, anxiety, phobias, low self-esteem, work related concerns (the list really is endless!).

Some people come without really knowing why. Something doesn't feel right, or perhaps feeling 'stuck' and we can explore together, why that might be. 

It is very humbling and a great privilege to help you to live a happier life!

Maps & Directions

Salisbury, SP1 3PP

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: No


Please call me anytime. If I am busy, leave a message and with your consent, I will call you back. Thank you. Ian

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme