About me

Covid-19 - We are living through extraordinary times and I am temporarily unable to offer face to face counselling. I have continued to work online and by telephone, and, though a different experience, outcomes are as good as in my real-world counselling room. My web-conferencing platform is very easy to access without apps to download and I offer a free introductory session so you can try it without obligation.

I'm a graduate member of the British Psychological Society and a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

I am passionate about our understanding of the human mind and the thoughts and patterns which may become obstacles to our happiness. I complement a person-centred understanding with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, working collaboratively to facilitate change.

Whilst first and foremost working to my client's agenda, I hope to equip clients with the skills and resilience they need to meet life's challenges long after counselling has ended.

In addition to being part of the team at Bay Therapy and Counselling, I also work from www.shallwetalk.co.uk and you can find out more about me there.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a First-Class (Honours) Bachelor of Science In Psychology (OU)

I have a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

I have a Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic Skills and Theory

I have worked supporting Mental Health clients in both community and custodial settings for 25 years. As a counsellor I have worked with Redlands Counselling and Training in Bournemouth, and with adult users of Children's Centres in Dorchester and Bridport. I am currently a counsellor at Bay Therapy and Counselling, a group of counsellors who have come together to provide a counselling service to clients in South Dorset and Online.

My additional training includes:

Working with Young People

Trauma, PTSD and Dissociation

Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling.

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.


Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

I offer a free consultation for anyone who is thinking about engaging in therapy and wishes to discuss whether I am able to help.

I charge £40 for a 50 minute face to face counselling session.

I charge £40 for a 50 minute online counselling session.

I charge £40 for a 50 minute telephone counselling session.


9am to 7pm Monday to Friday 9am to 1pm Saturday

Bay Therapy And Counselling
Room E13
79 Lynch Lane

Type of session

In person

Types of client


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.

Our Weymouth Counselling Suite is wheelchair accessible via a lift.


Ian Hawkins

Ian Hawkins