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About me

It can be really unnerving and complex, when deciding to talk to someone about something you are finding difficult- trying to make sense of it all.

​I offer a non- judgemental, confidential, safe space to help start the healing process, and help you find your way forward. You can use your sessions to speak openly and freely about whatever may be troubling you.

I am qualified to work  face to face, virtually via Zoom or by telephone, supporting you, at your pace. Initially I would meet you in an initial free 20  minute telephone session (with no obligation) so that you can explain your wishes, and decide if, and how we might work together.

As a Humanistic Integrative Counsellor. I use three core theory types - Person Centered, Gestalt and Transactional analysis . Some of the work has a creative format. How we work together is your choice.

My  recent counselling experience includes:·  

  • Addiction, including Gambling
  • Anxiety
  • Carers issues
  • low self esteem
  • Feeling sad
  • General Anxiety Disorder
  • Depression
  • Family issues 
  • Loneliness
  • Work-related stress.  

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a Member of the BACP (British Association of counselling and Psychotherapy) and adhere to their ethical framework. ( MBACP)

My recent counselling experience includes working with a national, gambling addiction support agency, and separately with 11-18 year olds in a secondary school setting. I have also I have worked in special needs administration in a primary school setting for 15 years, and been Fellow of the Institute of Personnel Management ( FCIPD) for 20 years.

I hold the following qualifications:

CPCAB Level 2&3 in counselling skills

CPCAB Level 4 in Therapeutic counselling

On line and telephone counsellor qualification (80 Hours)


School Mental Health Advisor

Gamcare - gambling addiction training

Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board- safeguarding pupils briefing ( June22)

Tastelife- eating disorder awareness training

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

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Menopausal symptoms


£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

I will help you identify your personal values, strengths, and abilities in support of your personal or professional goals. 

I offer some concessionary rates.

In addition to on going support sessions , I am I am offering single session therapy and fortnightly session during July and August 2022.

Single session therapy is where the client and therapist agree to meet to deal with a nominated concern in one session, knowing that further support is available if needed.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

 Please e mail to confirm session dates

Further information

A Client's testimonial :

"Thank you so much for being such a wonderful support and guide to me over the past couple of months. I cannot express how grateful I am to have had the opportunity to be completely open and honest without any fear of judgement; it has been truly refreshing "

Harbour Counselling- web site/ instagram detailed below :
www.harbour-counselling.com or @harbourcounsellinglesley
Email me at  Flexiworking@btinternet.com


Brackley, NN13

Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX16

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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