About me

It can be a daunting task to decide to ask for help and then find a counsellor you think will be able to understand and support you. I will do my best to help you use each session to talk about the things that are of concern without feeling judged and get help with the issues that are important to you. We are all different so I am able to adjust the way I work that is best for you. My clients tell me this is very helpful.

At this time many of us are experiencing high levels of anxiety and uncertainty and I can help you understand your needs and find ways to take better care of yourself. I have 40 year's experience working in the private, public and voluntary sectors that helps me bring a down-to-earth reality with both short and long term work.

I am currently working on-line using zoom or by telephone. Most clients find this is an effective way to work until we can get back to face-to-face appointments.

Training, qualifications & experience


  • MSc in Counselling – The University of Strathclyde
  • Post-graduate Diploma in Counselling – The University of Strathclyde
  • SQA in Coaching Skills
  • CEng, MIET
  • BSc (Hons) Engineering – The City University, London


  • Practitioner Development in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy
  • Running therapeutic groups
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Enneagrams
  • Internal Family Systems
  • Pesso Boyden Theory
  • Non-Violent Communications
  • Couples 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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Work related stress.
Sexual indentity.
Christian and other faith clients.

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Additional information

I can offer individual or couple sessions on-line or by telephone.

Each session lasts 1hour.

Individual counselling currently £45 per session. Couples £60 per session.

Concessions are available. Please ask for details.

Payment can be made by bank transfer.


I have daytime and evening appointments available. I am based in the north of Bournemouth. Currently all appointments are online (Skype, Zoom, Whatsapp, Facetime) or by telephone.


Type of session

In person

Types of client

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.

I work from my bungalow. There is level access to the property and one step at the front door.


Phil Martin

Phil Martin