About me

Hello and welcome to my profile. I understand that it isn't always easy to ask for help. You might be wondering if you really need counselling or you might be worried about wasting my time or yours. I hope that by reading my profile you will feel more reassured to taking the next step. To help you decide I offer an initial counselling session so we can meet and give you an idea if I might be the right counsellor for you. There is no obligation to continue should you decide not to.

Whether you have something specific on your mind, several issues that are bothering you or are feeling that something just isn't quite right, I am here to help and support you.

​I am an experienced and fully qualified counsellor who has several years experience working in a variety of agencies and settings including bereavement support, the NHS, a secondary school and a charity supporting clients with gender identity issues.

​As well as my formal qualifications I also attend training and workshops throughout the year. In addition to this, I am a member of The British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) which means I abide by their code of ethics, have met the training requirements and have been deemed a competent and ethical counsellor through the process of successfully passing a Certificate of Competency Test.

​Some of the issues and difficulties that I have helped and supported people through include:

  • ​Anxiety
  • Stress
  • ​Depression
  • Student Issues
  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder
  • Physical Abuse
  • ​Emotional Abuse
  • Family Issues
  • ​Difficult Relationships
  • Feeling Sad
  • Anger Management
  • ​Time Management
  • Bereavement
  • Self-Harm
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Lack of Confidence
  • Assertiveness
  • ​Divorce
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

As a Humanistic and Integrative counsellor, I am able to draw from a variety of approaches best suited to meet your individual needs. These approaches include Gestalt, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Transactional Analysis (TA), creative techniques, experiments and mindfulness.

​My aim is to understand things from your perspective and to help guide you towards your desired outcome. You might want to gain awareness and understanding of a particular issue, explore issues from the past or present that are not sitting comfortably with you, feel supported through a life event or explore the possibility of making changes to your life or your relationships.

Each counselling session offers you the space to explore what matters to you in an environment where you can truly feel heard and supported without being judged. It is not my role to offer advice, provide the answers for you or tell you what to do. Instead, my aim is to work with you in order to improve your well-being.

​If there is anything you are unsure about or anything you would like to discuss, please get in touch.

Counselling is available in Fareham as well as online via video or telephone.

Training, qualifications & experience

As well as running my own private practice, I have provided counselling in a variety of different agencies and settings. My experience is varied including offering telephone support for Rape Crisis and facilitating a support group and counselling for a charity specialising in gender identity issues. I have worked for Cruse Bereavement Care for several years as well as a smaller, local bereavement charity counselling bereaved clients. My experience extends to counselling children in a secondary school and counselling patients for the NHS for a wide variety of issues including anxiety, stress, depression, anger and difficulties with relationships.

My qualifications include:

  • BA Hons in Humanistic and Integrative Counselling (First Class)
  • Diploma DipHE in Gestalt Counselling (Merit)
  • Level 3 Counselling Diploma
  • Basic Counselling Skills

I also attend workshops and training throughout the year.

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.


£45.00 per session
Free initial online session

Concessions offered for

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


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Further information

I have daytime and evening appointments available Monday to Friday. I offer counselling on a short-term or long-term basis depending on your needs.

My counselling room is in Knowle Village, Fareham and I am also trained to provide counseling via telephone or video. 

If you would like to take the next step you are welcome to call/text me on  07500 712773 or email me marierae@hotmail.co.uk. I check my phone and emails frequently so if I am unavailable I will contact you as soon as I possibly can. My phone and email account are private so no one, other than myself, will have access to your message. Once you have made contact you can decide if you would like to book an appointment or give yourself time to think.

If you decide to book an appointment you might be wondering what will happen the first time we meet. To give you an idea of what to expect, a typical first session will involve me asking some questions about you and what it is that is troubling you or causing you concern. This might be something specific that you can identify easily or a general, less obvious feeling that is difficult to describe. Either is fine and I will do my best to help you explore not only what is causing you difficulty but also what you would like from the counselling sessions. You only need to share what you feel comfortable sharing. I work in a respectful manner and am guided by you at all times.

It is important that you feel at ease with me so with this in mind, it is your choice whether you book any further sessions. Should you wish to have further sessions I will go through a working agreement (contract) with you.

From then on, sessions are usually weekly although it is possible to have fortnightly sessions instead. Each session is your space to talk about whatever it is you would like to bring to the session. There is no right or wrong way to be a client. I understand that clients often worry about what they will talk about and worry that they are wasting my time but please rest assured, I am here to help.


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

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