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About me

I am an experienced counsellor, MBACP and Senior accredited, based in Leamington Spa. I counsel people with issues such as stress, relationships, separation and divorce, low self-confidence, anxiety, depression, bereavement, work relations, redundancy, retirement. I offer a free initial session where we can explore working together.
I work with individuals on an open ended basis, or for an agreed time period, with the aim of enabling you to enhance your life and to live it more fully.
About me:
Sector experience: I have worked in education, and in the voluntary sector, for example as a mediator, also as a supervisor for survivors of abuse agency. I find that using one's imagination to find solutions can tap into new energy.
How counselling can help:
I think counselling is an opportunity to share your concerns with a skilled listener so issues become clearer when voiced for another person to hear. The counsellor's role is to help you explore aspects of your situation, towards making changes for the better when you experience difficulties, such as anxiety, facing changes, loss or depression.
Counselling can be short term, focussing on particular worries that are getting in the way of your daily life. It can also be longer term, to explore patterns which have been there for a long time and are now no longer helpful.
When you come for counselling, you can feel a sense of relief in sharing worries with someone outside of your family, social or work circle. You regain perspective and the ability to make your own decisions.

Training, qualifications & experience

Professional qualifications: Accredited and Senior Accredited by British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, Certificate in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Diploma in Counselling, Diploma in Supervision, Primary Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Postgraduate Certificate in Education, Mindfulness Certificate.

Areas of Specialism: depression, anxiety, stress, bereavement, surviving childhood abuse, work issues, career issues, self-esteem, life transitions.
I have experience of the educational and training sectors and the voluntary sector, also of Employee Assistance Programmes, which shape me as a counsellor

Some quotes from clients' experiences of counselling:
.. I wasn't sure what to expect, thought I would be told what to do - in fact, with support, I knew what I wanted to do...
...I felt really low when I began counselling. Now I have gained some perspective on my situation...
...through counselling, I can see light at the end of the tunnel, I can imagine a future..
...even changing a small part of my life gave me a sense of hope about bigger changes I could make...

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Areas of specialism:
Surviving childhood abuse and life transitions.

Therapies offered

  • Existential therapy
  • Humanistic therapies


To find out more: contact me by phone or email. I offer a free initial meeting to discuss your expectations, explain the counselling process,agree if you wish to proceed.

Fees: sliding scale, between £30 - £55 per hour, negotiable dependent on personal circumstances.


I can offer evening sessions between 5pm - 7pm, on Mondays, Tuesdays & Fridays, by negotiation. I offer a selection of daytime sessions.

Further information

I see clients at the Cloisters, Lower Leam Street, Leamington Spa, which is a quiet, private venue, used by therapists. There is on street parking, and easy access to public transport - Leamington Spa train station is a ten minute walk away, and major bus routes stop along nearby Willes Road and outside the parish church at the bottom of the Parade.

The Cloisters
Lower Leam Street
Leamington Spa
CV31 1DJ

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

Types of client



I am an experienced supervisor, with a humanistic/ integrative perspective, working with individuals and groups.

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Patience O'neill

Patience O'neill