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About me

I am a qualified psychodynamic psychotherapist specifically trained to work with children and adolescents. I offer a professional, confidential and friendly therapeutic space for children and young people to explore what is troubling them. Sessions will be face-to-face in a warm and safe environment where they can bring any subject they wish to discuss without fear of judgment and at their own pace.

How counselling can help

Children and young people often find it more difficult to talk about their feelings or might not even know what they are feeling. Some children will act out these feelings, which can lead to some behaviours that are difficult to understand. Others might withdraw when faced with difficult feelings and become quiet and isolated. Adolescence can be a difficult time, full of anxiety, uncertainty and changes.

Together, we will try to understand their feelings and what might be troubling them. Having an understanding of their feelings and knowing that having these feelings, good or bad, is ok and can me managed will help them feel more in control of their emotions and behaviours.

Young children often find it easier to express themselves through play so I use a variety of creative ways to engage the child, art, toys, games, role play, stories, whatever the child feels comfortable with and at their pace.

What to expect in the first session

The first session will normally be just with the parent(s), if the child is under 12. We will go through their history and their presenting issues to see how I can help.

If you are happy to proceed, in the second session we will spend the first 20 minutes all together so your child can get to know me a little bit. The rest of the time will be spent with your child on their own. If your child needs more time with all of us, to get used to me that is ok, I will take things at your child's pace. From then on I will see your child on their own for 50 minute once weekly sessions.

The first session for older children will be a joint session to go through their history and I will spend the last 20 minutes or so with the child on their own. If you and your child are happy to proceed, the next session will be with me on their own.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have an MSc Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents.

I have eight years of experience working with children and young people with emotional and behavioural difficulties, including attachment difficulties, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, ADHD and children and adolescents in care. I work as a psychotherapist for Coxlease School a school for children with emotional and behavioural difficulties.

I have worked as a therapist for CAMHS in Southampton and as a counsellor for No Limits, a voluntary organisation supporting young people.

I also worked as a counsellor in a primary school in Portsmouth for 5 years.

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

  • Play therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy


£ 45 for the initial consultation and £55 for subsequent sessions of 50 minutes.

Southampton Chandlers Ford

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
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 Unspecified


I am available on Fridays till 7

Types of client

Young people
Marlys Davis - Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist

Marlys Davis - Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist