Philippa Parker

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MBACP (Registered)
Available for new clients
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Frome, Somerset, BA11 2LE
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

I am a warm & approachable counsellor with 15+ years of experience in private practice & I welcome people with a wide range of issues. Please see testimonials below which clearly describe my approach. I also counsel trainees at a reduced cost.

I have a private practice at home with a separate entrance to my counselling room which overlooks a peaceful & private garden within walking distance from the centre of Frome. On street parking is always available.

At our first meeting we can discuss exactly what you feel you might need at this time & see if we can find a way forward together. I offer both short term counselling – which may be goal oriented or solution focused – or open ended counselling where more time can be used for deeper self exploration. My contract does not tie anyone into any number of sessions and we decide together how to proceed & whether we meet weekly, fortnightly or monthly. Sessions always include a regular review of how the counselling is going.

I have also worked as an Accredited Bereavement Counsellor with a national charity for over 20 yrs now & I therefore have an enhanced DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) check.

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Counselling offers the opportunity to talk completely privately & confidentially in a safe & accepting environment. Sometimes just talking with a counsellor and feeling understood can restore hope when things might seem hopeless. Counselling offers support in times of uncertainty & change but it can also help you to gain greater insight about your life right now so that you can move forward with more clarity & confidence. Counselling can help you find new resources & possibilities within yourself but any choices you make will always be yours.

Creating the world we want is a much more subtle but more powerful mode of operation than destroying the one we don’t want’ Marianne Williamson

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'After contacting many other counsellors in the area I was impressed by the warmth and kindness I felt after I spoke to you on the phone. It was an easy decision to choose you. I felt quite different after the first session from the other counselling I have had in the past. This was mainly a feeling of ease and comfort, partly to do with not having any real difficulties with presenting issues. It just felt real and warm'. James, Midsomer Norton.

'I felt a sigh of relief to finally acknowledge how I was feeling & share it with somebody who could offer various coping mechanisms. Since seeing Philippa, I have recognised an ability to acknowledge feelings/emotions without latching on & having the sense of Why Me? Before states of overthinking become too intense, I remember that they are just thoughts & can start to quieten the voice within. She has supported me in recognising that I am not in control of others' reactions/responses to situations; therefore, acknowledging how getting caught up in predicting or preventing a non-desirable outcome will be of limited benefit. Philippa has helped me to reduce my concerns about what others may think, to enjoy taking moments for myself & become more in tune with the present moment.'  Georgia, Frome.

'I found Philippa immediately to be a careful & active listener. I wasn't sure if counselling was the right thing for me - having some past trauma & a recent bereavement. I came to her feeling very lost & in a bit of a rut mental health wise. She spent the time to understand my situation & listened & guided conversations so I could understand myself.  This combined with her practical takeaways & referral material really helped me outside the sessions to cope & adjust. A truly compassionate & insightful person - I thoroughly recommend speaking to Philippa - if you are on the fence you are in safe hands.' Ash, Frome.

'I felt held and accepted with warmth & compassion. I was surprised how at ease I was with a counsellor I had not known for long. Her depth of understanding & lack of judgement enabled me to come to my own conclusions & to trust my gut and in turn trust life. I found this empowering & it helped me to be less influenced by the opinions of others' Julie, Frome.

Counselling with Philippa not only offered a space to talk and some practical tools but she also intuited that a certain book would be right for me. The recommended book was very helpful & got me through a very black time.’ Kate, Frome

What helped most was the empathy – not sympathy. Even though the world felt dreadful, I had found someone who would listen without judging. It gave me hope that I was not going mad & that perhaps, with time, I could recover. I finished counselling when I reached a point where I felt I could move forward on my own. I would consider coming back if things got bad again.’ Mike, Westbury

‘Philippa encouraged me to go only as far as I felt safe doing.  This isn't to say that she didn't challenge me - she did but I always felt reassured by the knowledge that she wanted only for me to grow securely and at my own pace.  As well as talking, we worked creatively together using objects, sand and my own artwork/models & the meanings they contained were always genuinely, carefully and warmly honoured by Philippa, as were all the ideas and feelings I brought to her.  She helped me to see that the expression of something, however frightening or horrifying to me, was an important step towards understanding myself and to healing and she gave me courage to look more deeply into my self.’  Caroline, Frome

Training, qualifications & experience

Registered Member of the BACP (British Association for Counsellors/Psychotherapy) & the PSA Accredited Register

CBT for Anxiety, Panic Disorders & Depression

Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

Accredited Bereavement Counsellor

Managing Support Group for Bereaved for 5 years

Foundation Art Therapy

As a member of the BACP I abide by their professional ethical framework & receive regular professional supervision.

I work within a humanistic/person centred framework but my training is integrative which means I can draw upon a number of different disciplines which inform my approach to best suit my client as a unique individual & the specific difficulties he/she faces. I also use CBT techniques where appropriate.


: person centred – putting the client at the centre of the counselling experience & looking at how we can work together to engage with what’s going on now.

Psychodynamic: understanding how patterns from the past may impact upon the present both negatively & positively.

Transpersonal: a way of being & holding which is both reflective & soulful.

CBT: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – identifying & rectifying current negative thoughts & patterns which influence both our feelings & behaviour in the present.

All of us are looking to resolve the difficulties in our life but we are all so much more than just our problems & often our symptoms speak for us unless we give ourselves a time & place to express our innermost feelings & longings.

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

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).

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Guilt & Shame
Isolation & Loneliness
General Dissatisfaction & Loss of Meaning in life

I have experience of working with people with learning disabilities


£50.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

£50   Trainees £40

Fees payable at the end of each session or bank transfers in advance on the morning of the appointment date

Further information

Telephone counselling also available.

I regularly practice yoga, Qi Gong & meditation/relaxation. Continuous professional development & training, underpinned by many years experience of personal therapy, support my practice.

Be the change you wish to see in the world’   Mahatma Ghandi

2 Parkhill Drive, Frome, Somerset, BA11 2LE

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

DBS check

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There are a couple of steps to my front door and a side path to my counselling room with some small steps at either end

Philippa Parker
Philippa Parker