About me

There are times in life for us all when working things out or changing things feel either impossible or overwhelming. Having someone and somewhere to share that and work it through can be the answer. Making a decision to go for counselling in itself can be extremely difficult, let alone trying to find that someone you think will understand you and how you may be feeling. The whole process can feel thoroughly daunting. How do you know who is going to be the right person for you?

Will they care?

Will they listen?

Will they get it and you?

Before becoming a Counsellor, I had a career with roles in commerce, horticulture and abroad working with different cultures and I always felt the key to success was without doubt the people. The most important thing for me now as a Counsellor, is You! Seeing you as an individual and a person, creating a relationship with you where you feel safe, comfortable, heard and crucially, a feeling of trust.

Everyone has different ways of expressing themselves, especially at difficult or emotional times. Having a voice is not always just talking, using art, bodywork or mindfulness can be alternative ways of connecting with uncomfortable emotions. Working the way you want and finding what is right for you is what matters. Sometimes in what today can be a stressful, demanding and challenging world we have totally forgotten that we are important and that our needs matter too.

With each of us being unique, with different life events and relationships our lives can sometimes lead us to times and places we do not understand and leave us searching for answers we do not have.  Perhaps this may create a sense of confusion, depression and anxiety or a lack of motivation and direction. 

If you feel you would like to find out if working together is for you, then call me on 07855404279 we can arrange a free 30 minutes session. I will try and answer some of the questions you may have about counselling and most importantly how we may be able to make it work for you.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am qualified with a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and have trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) with additional training in Abuse & Trauma Counselling Skills.

In addition to being a member of Bay Therapy and Counselling a team of counsellors providing counselling and art therapy in South Dorset I am also a Counsellor for a charity working with adult survivors or childhood abuse. From my experience running an Eco-project for Wellbeing for Dorset Wildlife Trust, I now channel my outdoor and creative work into volunteering with family work at a community farm project. A continued interest in working with fatigue related illness such as CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome) and the emotional and physical impact these can have, has now lead to me becoming a Trustee for Dorset ME Support group,

My work continues to be supported by ongoing Professional Development to ensure both learning and proficiency.

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.


I offer a initial assessment session so you can meet me and answer some of your questions and if you then feel I may be able to help you, I charge:

£45 for a 50 minute Counselling Session.


My main session times are between 10am and 5pm Monday to Friday, but it may be possible to make exceptions to these hours.

Swanage Therapy Centre
5 Court Road
BH19 1JB

Key details

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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.


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
Kate Anstey

Kate Anstey