About me

Face to face sessions now resumed following Government guidelines and strict attention to safety and hygiene rules in the Basingstoke and Odiham areas. Please enquire for details and availability.

An experienced, qualified psychodynamic psychotherapist in private practice based in the beautiful eighteenth-century Georgian Manor House of Worting House, Basingstoke. I also have a therapy room in the village of Odiham, Hampshire.

I practice online (zoom) which some clients, particularly those with limited mobility and health issues, may prefer. Alternatively, I offer walk and talk therapy, please enquire, (weather dependent).

I offer open-ended long term psychotherapy as well as short term counselling.

Psychoanalytic and psychodynamic therapies can help not only with the relief of symptoms but can promote deep and lasting change. Psychotherapy may be able to help if you are :

  • Feeling depressed, stressed or anxious
  • Feeling constantly angry or irritable
  • Finding home or work life overwhelming
  • Finding it difficult to understand your feelings
  • Lacking a sense of purpose in your life
  • Coming to terms with loss
  • Feeling stuck in your career or education
  • Having relationship difficulties
  • Having difficulties with your sexuality
  • Struggling with family conflicts including parenting
  • Suffering from repeating patterns of behaviour
  • Wishing to understand yourself better
  • Wanting a more fulfilling life
  • Looking for a more contented, balanced life

If you wish to consider open-ended therapy or shorter term work do contact me by email at Irene.searle@btinternet.com or on 07949176337. We can have an initial discussion over the phone. There will be no charge for this and you can then decide whether you want to come and have a further consultation which will give us a chance to meet in person and discuss your needs.

What to expect from counselling:

Beginning counselling can feel daunting so being prepared for what to expect maybe helpful. Counselling is your time and space in which together we can help make some sense of the difficulties that you may be experiencing. It provides a regular time and space where you can talk through how you are feeling.  By looking at your life, our aim will be to learn new coping strategies, gain a deeper understanding and empower you to move forward with your life.

Yes, but is it for me?

Only you can decide, but it can be extremely beneficial for anyone who is facing stress or difficult times, who are in need of support/guidance or just needing someone to talk to.

What happens during the first session?

Our first session will be a time for us to explore the issues that are bringing you into counselling. Although I will ask some questions, the aim will be to see if we can work together and if the counselling that I offer is right for you. We will also think about whether short-term or open-ended feels right for you.

Subsequent on-going sessions are kept non-prescriptive. We may be unpicking your life together and trace where certain issues may have arisen and explore how they make you feel. Whilst we may be visiting your past, we may also look at how your early relationships have shaped what kind of a person you are in your present.

Training, qualifications & experience

*Psychodynamic Diploma in Counselling (BACP Accredited Training Course 187620/10317)

(*Psychodynamic counselling embraces the work of psychoanalysis. Its roots lie predominantly in Freud's psychoanalysis approach. The aim being to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness - helping clients unravel, experience and understand their true, deep-rooted feelings in order to resolve them.
Whilst it shares the same principles of psychoanalysis, psychodynamic counselling is far less intensive. It helps people to make significant changes in how they make decisions and interact with others.)

Certificate in Counselling Skills

BSc (Psychology)

I am fully supervised and attend regular CPD events to keep me abreast of developments occurring in my profession.

I am registered with BACP and work with those aged 18+. The issues I have worked with are anxiety, bereavement, depression, eating disorders, self-harm, panic/anxiety attacks, stress, exam anxiety, relationship problems, problems at work, divorce, parenting struggles, loneliness/losing one's way in life and family trauma.

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

Pressures to fulfil expectations whether societal, family, peers or our own
Family conflict
Trauma particularly linked with early childhood
Post natal depression
Issues with our sense of identity in the world
Exam anxiety and the pressure to succeed

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Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

EAP/Health Insurance Providers

  • Aviva
  • Vitality

Additional information

You can call me on 07949176337 or email me at Irene.searle@btinternet.com and we can discuss your needs over the phone. Sessions are conducted at my comfortable therapy room in Basingstoke or Odiham, contact me for availability. Outdoor sessions can also be arranged depending on location and weather, please enquire.

Initial assessment (60 minutes) Discounted first session - £25

Weekly session (60 minutes) - Sliding scale £45 - £65

Couples - Sliding scale £60-£75

(Session fees are based on ability to pay. Some concessions are offered, please ask).

If you inform me a week in advance that you have to miss a session, there is no charge. Cancellations made with less than three days notice are charged at 50%, less than 24 hours, the full fee is charged. 


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

It varies dependent on location. Some evenings are available, please enquire.

Further information

I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy), accountable to and follow their ethical code of practice. More information can be obtained from www.bacp.co.uk

In following good practice, I am in regular clinical supervision, attend regular training events and have an up to date DBS certificate (formerly CRB). I am also fully insured.

If you call me you may get my answer service but please leave me a message and I will aim to get back to you within 24 hours. Your first appointment (an initial consultation) will be confirmed by email.

The initial appointment is a chance for you to talk through your difficulties, explore your needs and the kind of support you may require and whether counselling is the best way forward. At times there may be a need to refer on to other services for example, people dependent on drugs or alcohol may require specialist support.

Confidentiality: counselling is private and confidential. No information will be disclosed to anyone without the client's permission except under rare legal circumstances. You are free to talk without fear of rejection, criticism or blame.

Worting House
RG23 8PY

Odiham Cottage Hospital
RG29 1NE

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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Irene Searle

Irene Searle