About me

I am currently offering Telephone, FaceTime and WhatsApp counselling.

I am a Senior Accredited Counsellor with a wealth of over 27 years’ experience, 17 working in NHS Primary Care. I offer warmth, acceptance and understanding, supported by my psychodynamic training, CBT and mindfulness tools. I am compassionate and will understand and support you however challenging and troubling your difficulties are. I will provide a safe and confidential space where you will be empowered to explore and express any distressing mixed up and confused feelings.

Through engaging in this process, you will have the opportunity to feel listened to understood and not so alone with your problems. A lot of my work is around helping people to become more compassionate and forgiving towards themselves This kind of support and acceptance can provide the means for you to develop a richness and freedom in your relationship with yourself and others, and a resulting increased and positive depth of meaning in your life.

It is hard to be human sometimes and it was coming to a crisis and then recovery from my own mental and emotional struggles that drew me to train as a counsellor. I believe much of this suffering arises from unhelpful coping mechanisms, such as over analysing, people pleasing, negative thinking, which are learned in childhood.

By exploring these patterns of behaviour, you will gain a new understanding of yourself and the confidence in your ability to make changes. You will then develop more powerful and positive coping strategies which will be lifelong. I recent client talked of her counselling with me turning her “brain around and being “transformative”.

I offer an initial assessment appointment during which we can discuss issues that are troubling and concerning to you and how counselling might help. We could explore short term focused sessions, as well as open ended therapy. I have professional experience working with a wide range of issues and I am flexible in my approach, so that I can best suit your needs.

I can help you deal with: -

  • Relationship difficulties.
  • Addiction, OCD, obsessional and negative thinking.
  • Angry feelings and behaviours and their impact.
  • Issues in the past, childhood abuse, neglect and trauma
  • Depression, anxiety,
  • Grief and loss
  • Low self-worth
  • Mid-life and older age issues.
  • Confusion, lostness and ‘messed up’ feelings.

If any of this resonates with you, just send me an email or leave me an answer phone message, whatever you prefer. I will contact you within 24 hours to arrange an initial meeting. I am happy to call for a brief chat on the phone first, if that feels comfortable.
My private practice in Havant is within easy reach of Chichester, Portsmouth, Waterlooville, Fareham and Petersfield.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Dip. Psychodynamic Counselling
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Primary Care Counselling
  • Certificate Time Limited Counselling
  • Senior Accredited with British Association Psychotherapy and Counselling.
  • Member British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy.
  • New Client Assessor for Local Counselling Training Organisation for 25years.
  • Member of 12 step organisation for over 30 years of ‘recovery’.
  • Registered / Accredited

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


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.


Concessions offered for

  • Low income

Additional information

I offer time limited more focused work as well as longer term, open ended sessions.

The cost is £40 for a 50-minute session. Payable by cash or cheque.

I am committed to offering affordable counselling where possible. If you are on a low income please contact me to discuss a reduced rate.


Monday - Saturday 8am to 8pm

Further information

All Work is conducted within the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Ethical framework for good counselling and Psychotherapy


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

I am able to offer telephone or online counselling or will arrange to work from a different venue to provide counselling where there is wheelchair access.

Pam Helme

Pam Helme