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DipHE Humanistic Gestalt Counsellor

About me

I will support you with whatever situation is causing you distress by encouraging you to express your thoughts, feelings and emotions about the situation, the possible cause and the impact it is having on you. I will provide you with a safe, empathic and non-judgemental space to share your worries and fears in confidence.  As we work together you will gain the opportunity to discover a better insight into yourself,  your situation and the way you relate to others, helping you to identify your own solutions to the situation. This may range from acceptance of yourself or your situation to achieving an outcome which provides a new found inner happiness. 

I offer a free 20 minute initial consultation giving you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have and to see if the way I work feels comfortable for you.  If you wish to continue I will initially offer you a series of six sessions, normally weekly,  which will be reviewed as we work together.

What you can expect from me

I am warm, calm, compassionate and genuine with a sense of humour.  I work confidentially and respectfully,  always putting your needs first. I have experience in counselling for a wide range of mental health issues and working with experiencers of domestic and sexual abuse. 

Before becoming a counsellor, I was an experienced manager and qualified as a member of the Chartered Management Institute. My field of expertise was learning and development where I facilitated the development of behavioural and leadership skills, specialising in coaching, at all levels. I am able to  draw on this experience whilst supporting clients in counselling and coaching.

My passion has always been about people. I enjoy helping others to resolve inner conflict, find happiness and lead a fulfilling life.  I will support you to achieve this for yourself.

Training, qualifications & experience

My experience

I am a qualified humanistic gestalt counsellor and an experienced coach. I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and adhere to their professional code of ethics, ensuring your safety and wellbeing whilst working together.

My experience includes working with anxiety, depression, loss, stress, trauma, domestic and sexual abuse. I volunteer for a local community charity and a sexual and domestic abuse charity.

Qualifications and professional training 

  • Dip HE Gestalt Counselling (Distinction), University of Portsmouth
  • Rainbow Map:  clients experiencing the harmful impact of trauma/PTSD, anxiety, anger, and/or depression.
  • Responses to domestic abuse: abuse, abuser and trauma informed recovery work 
  • Domestic and Sexual abuse training
  • What every psychological therapist should know about working with psychiatric drugs (BACP)
  • Trauma and the role of shame

Member organisations


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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


Additional information

£45 per session between Mon-Fri 9.30 - 5.30

£50 per session outside of these hours

Further information

I am also an experienced coach. As a coach I can help you believe in yourself and your potential. This may involve helping you to identify what holds you back from action and how you may overcome this. The process of coaching can feel challenging at times, this is where my skills as an empathic counsellor blend excellently with my coaching experience.

Regus, International House, George Curl Way, Southampton, Hampshire, SO18 2RZ

Southampton, Hampshire, SO18

Type of session

In person

Key details

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