About me

Are you struggling to cope or would like to change some aspect of your life or relationships.

Lots of people use counselling, either individually or with a partner, to negotiate difficulties in their lives. These maybe long standing concerns such as depression, anxiety, communication difficulties, anger or family matters, or specific times such as a bereavement, work related stress or relationship complications. Sometimes things from the past still hold us back from being happy now. Or we find ourselves making the same mistakes (again!)

Whatever the reason, the therapy I offer aims to increase the quality of your life and/or improve your relationships, get you out of being stuck, helpless or out of control. In other words, to find out what's holding you back and empower you towards leading a fulfilling life.

The way I work is to create a non-judgemental, highly confidential environment free of criticism, where you can feel safe to explore what is going on for you. And where you can reconnect with yourself and others. It can feel easier and safer to talk to someone impartial like me who is specially trained to work with difficult and distressing issues, and whose approach is based on compassion rather than criticism.

And getting in touch with what you're experiencing safely can often help you feel much better quickly, helping you to see choices where before you might have felt there weren't any.

Clients often comment they find my private practice calm and peaceful,away from the stresses of everyday life. I see a wide range of clients here, some improve quickly, others need longer, deeper work. It really depends on what you want and need- we could discover this together when we first meet, if you're not sure. About half of the people I work with are men.

Training, qualifications & experience

BSc Psychology
FdA Integrative psychotherapy
BA Humanistic Counselling
MBACP(Accredited and registered )
Certified Imago Relationship Therapist

Postgraduate Cerificate in Clinical Supervision.

Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Supervision

I work in private practice, covering a wide range of concerns, some of which are quickly helped, others needing longer term work.
Some recent examples include;
feeling overwhelmed, panic attacks, low self esteem,couples counselling, sexual abuse, work related stress, life enhancing coaching, family problems, loss, bereavement, feeling disconnected, finding a stronger sense of self, PND, coming to terms with a difficult past, relationship difficulties or crisis, generalised depression and anxiety, understanding family relationships, anger, facilitating improved communication between couples, somaticised issues (medically unexplained symptoms).

I have years of experience in working with young adults and teenagers.   I love this work and have great success with clients in their teens and twenties.

I am a certified Imago couples therapist. This approach to couples therapy is quite different to other approaches Do you ever feel like:

  You’ve been married this long and still feel so alone?
          You don’t feel valued or seen in your relationship?
          Your conversations turn into yelling matches                                                                                   You’ve been having the same argument for years?
          Your partner doesn’t recognize how much you do?
          Your partner never understands what you are trying to say?

We look at what each of you brings to the relationship unconsciously and what is going on during pain and conflict. Then we develop ways of communicating which, rather than triggering your partners defences, deepens your connection instead.

I also ran a bereavement service in a hospice environment for many years which involved managing a team of counsellors and provided a range of support for those who have lost a significant relationship. Even here it is common to find relationship difficulties stretching back into childhood, or other issues resurfacing at this time.

  I  have wide and varied experience with a diversity of clients. About half of those I see are men. My broad and varied training gives flexibility to respond to your individual requirements. I can therefore offer both long term psychotherapy, personal psychological support, or solution focussed brief counselling, depending on your individual needs.

I also provide clinical supervision to counsellors and psychotherapists.

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Loneliness and isolation, despair
Mid life crisis, existential fears,
Sexual abuse, incest
suicidal thoughts
Panic attacks
Couples issues:
Affairs and betrayal
communication difficulties
Loneliness and isolation whilst in relationship

Teenager specific issues
eg friendships, pressure, futures, exams, perfectionism,sibling rivalry, family distress, divorce, sex, pointlessness,

Parenting support
Overinvolvment and letting go,abuse and/or neglect, seperation and divorce.


Additional information

Individual appointments (day or evening) are an hour long and are open to anyone from the age of 16 upwards.

Appointments for couples are an hour and a half.

My rates are £60 per session for individuals per full hour and £100 per session for couples for 90 minutes. Payment can be made  electronically (weekly) or by cash or cheque after each session, or if you prefer, at the end of each calendar month.


I offer daytime and/or evening therapy appointments for individuals or couples. I also offer clinical supervision for qualified therapists or therapists in training.

Further information

The rural setting of my practice means we have quiet confidentiality within easy reach of Basingstoke, Alton, Alresford, Farham and Winchester.

I am an Accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and use their ethical code of practice as a framework for my work.

Nr Alresford

Type of session

In person

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.


In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

I hold a Post-Graduate Diploma in Clinical Supervision and trained with Relational Change           Www.

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Mairi Travis

Mairi Travis