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About me

Hello, my name is Liz and I am a person centred counsellor. I work from my home in Wareham, Dorset. My aim is to offer a friendly, professional, accessible and reasonably priced counselling service; empowering the people whom I support to achieve positive change in their lives.

If you are experiencing anxiety, depression or stress, talking through your feelings really can help. Whilst family and friends may offer much needed support, often it is helpful to talk to a qualified, experienced and independent counsellor, such as myself, and who can offer a warm, safe, empathetic and confidential environment in which you can explore your feelings.

If you feel that counselling might be of benefit, please contact me. I offer a free initial session to talk through your needs and expectations. I will also try to answer any questions that you may have, in order to help you to make an informed decision about whether you would like us to work together.

Please note that during the Covid 19 pandemic, in line with Government guidance, I will not offer face to face sessions, However, I have experience of working online and by phone and would be happy to discuss your preference.

I believe that in order to fully look after and value ourselves, in the same way as we might seek support to manage our physical wellbeing, perhaps we might also seek support to manage our emotional wellbeing.

Training, qualifications & experience

Prior to training as a counsellor I worked in social care for about 24 years, in both the charitable sector and local government. Much of this time was spent supporting families experiencing degenerative sensory loss. More recently, as a counsellor, I have worked with adults in a caring role.

My qualifications are as follows:

2014      Foundation Degree in Counselling. Open University.
2013      CPCAB Level 5 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
2012      CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
2007      Professional Certificate in Management - Health and Social Care. O.U.
2004      Diploma in Deafblind Studies. Birmingham University
1987      Bachelor of Arts (Hons) University College, London.

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)
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy


A fee of £35 is charged for each 50 minute counselling session - whether this is in person, or via telephone or the internet.

I offer a discounted rate to people in receipt of welfare benefits and counselling students - please contact me to discuss.

I offer a free introductory session.

Concessions offered for

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

Further information

For my clients with a disability, or sensory impairment, I will be guided by you on the best way to make your experience of counselling as comfortable and accessible as possible. I have extensive experience of working with people who are hard of hearing or deafened, and those who have a visual impairment. I also understand how physical disability may impact on the focus and participation of clients during a counselling session. Please contact me to discuss your requirements.


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None


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.

Wheelchair user access


I am generally available Mon-Thurs 10am - 5pm (excluding Bank Holidays). If you would like to meet outside of these hours please do contact me to discuss.

Types of client

Older adults
Liz Cook BA (Hons) MBACP (Reg), Dip.CBT

Liz Cook BA (Hons) MBACP (Reg), Dip.CBT