Keith Beckingham

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Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 2AR
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Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

For adult clients dealing with anxiety, depression, relationship issues and other personal difficulties, I offer a confidential service. I see individuals & couples. We can meet for an assessment session to build rapport and then meet for a minimum of 6 counselling sessions. Counselling can be on-going, in which case we will review progress periodically. Some discounts may be available in cases of hardship.

Clients that I see come from diverse cultural backgrounds with very individual needs. These commonly include issues including generalised anxiety, depression, relationship issues, low self esteem, recovering from affairs and betrayal, bereavement, addiction, SAD, OCD and problematic behaviour or emotions. I do not make assumptions or judgements and work to create a genuine therapeutic relationship.

My approach is person centred and I also make due of other approaches including CBT. I will treat you individually and respect you by listening carefully to you and trying to understand how you see things. In this way I focus on getting in touch with your thoughts and feelings.

You may wonder if you can express yourself and I understand that opening up to someone new may seem like a daunting task, but often even after an assessment session clients have told me how good it feels to be really listened to. My role is to help you through the counselling process so that you become more able to make and act upon your own decisions.

Training, qualifications & experience

I will put you at ease in a safe space where you will not be judged or made to feel uncomfortable. I will respect you as a person whatever your beliefs or cultural heritage whilst maintaining my own integrity.

I have gained a level 3 Certificate and a level 4 Diploma (both issued by AQA) following studies at Brockenhurst College, Hampshire. I have further certificates in integrative counselling, bereavement counselling from the Institute of Counselling. I have passed the BACP registration test which demonstrates safe practice. I have a certificate in family & couple counselling (Institute of Counselling 2015). I have continued my development by attending a level 5 course in Therapeutic Counselling, training in supervision.  I have a Life Coaching Diploma.

My counselling experience includes work with Counselling Together (an independent charity) and NHS funded work with a community group in Walsall. I also have a small private practice. I ask clients to complete a feedback form at the conclusion of counselling and have received very good feedback and most clients report significant improvement.

I use my counselling knowledge and skills, extensive experience of working pastorally with people, my own life experience and where appropriate my gentle sense of humour to demonstrate empathy, put you at ease, help you to say what you wish to gain from counselling, and eventually to challenge unhealthy thinking and help you to map the way forward.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society (NCPS)

The National Counselling and Psychotherapy Society

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In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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

Accredited register membership

National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society
Accredited Register Scheme

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National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Supervision offered to Counselling students and qualified Counsellors.


£20.00 - £60.00
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Health Assured

Additional information

Fees on sliding scale.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Daytimes or evenings as mutually convenient, normally between10 am and 8pm. Availability may vary e.g. for shift workers and family commitments.

Availability varies.

Further information

Please contact me if you want me to work with you on your own issues whatever they are, including abuse,  affairs & betrayals, anger management, anxiety, bereavement, body image, career issues, couple issues, depression,  family issues, domestic violence, generalised anxiety disorder, low self esteem, low self confidence, mental health, OCD, panic disorder, postnatal depression, relationship issues, seasonal affective depression (sad).

I have Diplomas in life coaching, Bereavement Counselling and EMDR.

181C Barrack Road, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 2AR

Type of session

In person

Types of client

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

Key details

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In person

I have attended a level 6 supervision course and further training in Supervision.

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Keith Beckingham
Keith Beckingham