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About me


Hello, my name is Marie and I am a counsellor working in Gillingham Dorset

I provide one to one counselling that offers the opportunity to explore and make sense of those times when you might feel a little lost, uncertain or stuck. It is easy to feel overwhelmed when this happens and not ask for help; if this is how you feel right now, I would love to hear from you. By us working together you may find clarity, new direction, develop inner strength and resources in order to grow a more positive outlook for the future or acceptance of a situation.

The foundation of my work is based on building a warm, trusting and confidential relationship with you so you feel safe enough to share any thoughts or feelings that you may not have shared before. This can take time and may not always feel easy to do, especially in the beginning; but that is ok, you will be given all the time and space you need.   

As an integrative counsellor I have studied and worked with a number of different approaches. This means I am able to bring a variety of ideas to your sessions and draw on a number of theories which may help deepen your own understanding of yourself or your behaviour and support you in feeling more confident to make changes and move forward.  

Training, qualifications & experience

BA (Hons) Degree in Integrative Counselling
FdA Degree in Integrative Counselling
Certificate in Counselling                                                                           
Registered Mental Health First Aider (MHFA)
Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Understanding Anxiety, Depression and CBT (University of Reading)
Psychology and Mental Health (University of Liverpool)                                  Working online in times of crisis                                                                        Sexual abuse and related issues
Self harm
Early years attachment
Introduction to Art Therapy
Work and Mental Health
Exercise and Mental Health
Emotions and Emotional Disorders
Exploring Family Health
Life Stories
Developing Creative Practice: Enabling creative contact with clients
Therapeutic Play
Treating intrusive thoughts and the inner critical voice
Creating a life that thrives: Exploring the implications of Positive psychology
Treating anxiety and depression in children and young people                              Covid-19; Psychological Impact, Wellbeing and Mental Health                      Solution Focused Practice Level 1                                                              Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling

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 and behavioural therapies
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Transactional analysis


Additional information

It is important we feel comfortable working together and I offer a free half hour consultation for us to consider this. Sessions are offered at a charge of:

Individual counselling: £45 per session

Student Counsellors: £35 per session

I offer concessions for those on low income and am happy to discuss this with you when we meet.

Further information

I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and am bound by the Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions (2018) .
I hold an up to date DBS certificate and am ICO registered

The Square

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.

Marie Potter BA (Hons) Degree Integrative Counselling, Reg MBACP

Marie Potter BA (Hons) Degree Integrative Counselling, Reg MBACP