About me

Hello, My name is Kate and I am a qualified BACP registered counsellor of 20 years and I adhere to their Ethical Framework for Good Practice.

My private practice is in Southbourne where I offer warm and empathic therapy to help people make significant changes in personal growth and self development. As a qualified therapist, I can give you support for the many challenges we face.

What happens on my first visit

This can be difficult for some of us. Sharing what has happened in our past, or dealing with the present. I am a trained counsellor and Psychotherapist having  have spent a number of years learning how best to help others. I am also supervised regularly to ensure my clients are safe and I am working effectively with them. I will listen to you with empathy and it will be entirely at your pace. You will be able to say it in any way you want and not have to think carefully about how you say it. You may feel that you can work with me with ease and we can look at booking you an appointment. However, there is no obligation to continue for any reason. We can discuss the contract on your first visit and how many sessions you may like to have.

Types of concerns that clients bring to Counselling

Anxiety - In this busy life we lead today, the pressure can be enormous. Some areas, such as separation and divorce, or any relationship difficulty, can stop us in our tracks and it can be difficult to focus on our daily lives. Contact is an issue for many parents with difficulties in agreeing what's best for your child. I can help you with this from my experience in working with parents and children as a social worker and as a Family Court Adviser.

The emotional upset 'anxiety' can be worked with and I can help you with counselling and CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) to manage this. (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy explores the way you think and subsequently behave. This is a type of proactive therapy were we work together to achieve your goals which can deal with your feelings of anxiety and depression.

In trying to manage a family; work and challenging financial issues, can also give a period of having Panic attacks; wondering how we are going to cope. We can again look at these issues and work with them. There are many different treatments now that can help and therapy does not need to go on for a long time.

Telephone counselling/facetime/Zoom

At this time due to the current situation, we cannot meet in my therapy room.  However, having telephone/online counselling can be quite relaxing at times - so please don't feel that you wont get the same out of it.  It's your session and you can bring whatever you want on that day.

Mobility problems

If you find it difficult to get out of your home, or have mobility problems - I can visit you. Just call me to discuss this issue and how I can help you access therapy/although at this current time, I can offer telephone/online counselling.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma/HE in Social Work - Nottingham Trent University
  • Certificate L3 in Psychodynamic Counselling - Leicester University
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy - Liverpool, John Moores University
  • Diploma in CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) - Redlands College, Bournemouth
  • Mindfulness - Redlands College, Bournemouth
  • Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) - Working with people who have been sexually abused - Dr. Chris Irons - Bournemouth
  • I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and hold full public liability/professional indemnity insurance.

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.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Couples counselling
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy


Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income

Additional information

Fees for individuals -   £45

Fees for couples     -   £60

Fees for home visits - £45

Fees for CBT -           £45

Reduced fees for student and low income - discussed at assessment

I also work for Charities and offer reduced fees


I am available during the day and evenings by arrangement. You can use Telephone or online contact.  My number is in the contact details.


Type of session


Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

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.

Kate Wilkie

Kate Wilkie