James Handley

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MBACP Accred - Psychotherapy, Couples Therapy and Supervision
Available for new clients
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This professional is available for new clients.

Lymington, Hants, SO41 9GH
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

I'm James Handley, and I am an experienced, fully accredited psychotherapist, counsellor and supervisor working with individuals, couples and families.

I work with a very wide range of issues including including difficulties in relationships, depression, anxiety, stress, self-esteem issues, trauma, divorce, bereavement, sexuality, parenting and step-parenting, anger management and personal development, feeling overburdened or a sense of dissatisfaction with life. I also have a special interest in in these areas:

  • Couples Counselling - I have specialist qualifications and expertise in couples counselling and relationship counselling.
  • Anger Management - 3 year training in working with Anger and Anger Management.
    Psychosexual Therapy.
  • Intensive Couples Therapy - Training in PAIRS - Practical Application of Intimate Relationship Skills.
  • Specialist training and expertise in working with couples, both mixed gender and same sex, and with relationship problems.

How can psychotherapy and counselling help you?

Counselling is an exchange between two people, one a trained expert in interpersonal or behavioural problems and the other a client who has chosen to take part in their own healing process. Psychotherapy and counselling are powerful and effective in making positive changes in our lives, they provide us with tools to deal with life in a more satisfying way.

I have undergone one of the most rigorous and challenging training programmes in Britain, and have been taught by some of the most experienced therapists in Europe and the US. I am highly committed to my own personal and professional development.

How to get in touch

I am happy to have a no obligation conversation about psychotherapy and counselling and how it might help you. I offer evening and Saturday appointments and I also offer telephone and Skype appointments.

Please call me today on 07999 562130 or click here to send me an email. All enquiries are very welcome and will be treated with the utmost confidentiality. Emails and calls will be replied to within 48 hours. If you have sent an email and not had a response within that time, please check your junk or spam inbox, in case my reply is in there.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a graduate of the Spectrum training programme and in addition hold the following qualifications:

  • UKRC registered Counsellor and Psychotherapist.
  • One Year and Post Graduate course in Humanistic Psychotherapy (Spectrum London).
  • Oxford Cambridge and RSA Certificate in Counselling Skills.
  • Two Year Working with Couples Training.
  • Three year training in Working with Anger and Anger Management.
  • Accredited Psychotherapist with the BACP and adhere to their code of ethics.

I have been involved with psychotherapy since 1995 and have run a private practice for the last 14 years working with individuals, couples and groups. I have provided psychotherapy services for a number of government and national organisations. I am committed to ongoing professional development and regular supervision.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Intensive Couples Therapy
  • Men's Groups
  • Formative Psychology.


Additional information

Individuals: £60 for 50 minutes
Couples:     £60 for 50 minutes

I have appointments available in the evenings and on Saturdays.

When I work

Daytime, evening and Saturday appointments

Further information

I am passionate about helping both men and women to find a way forward with their problems, however those problems present themselves.

Before becoming a psychotherapist I worked in industry. I am a keen surfer and sailor and I am married with three children.

41 Southampton Road, Lymington, Hants, SO41 9GH

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

I am able to offer online or telephone sessions for those unable to see me face to face.


In person

I work online as well as in person. I have been supervising clients since 2008

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James Handley
James Handley