Rhonda Cleary

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Andover, Hampshire, SP10
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About me

Hello and welcome my name is Rhonda (she/her) at present I work face to face and online from The Wooden Round House over looking the River Anton.
We also have Polly the beautiful therapy dog, it is your choice if Polly comes in with you, she has been in the room with many clients over the years. 

I offer short term focused counselling which works very well with a specific area to focus on and long term psychotherapy.

I have been a qualified psychotherapeutic counsellor for several years. There may be times in your life when you feel you may benefit from some professional listening support. 

Over the years I have worked with many areas within therapy such as anxiety, depression, low mood, self harm, suicidal ideation, addiction, eating disorders, gender identity, loss, trauma, relationship breakdown, body dysmorphia, exam pressure, abuse on all levels. Areas around school trauma, bullying and identification. 

I offer a confidential, non judgmental space, having worked within the area of wellbeing, people support, one to one work within education and within different therapeutic environments for over 30 years, counselling felt like a very natural progression for me.

Being under the neurodiverse umbrella, having been diagnosed with dyslexia and dyspraxia while at University along with living with close family members who are ASD and ADHD gives me great awareness of holding space for people whom may be neurodivergent along with neurotypical clients. 
Humanistic Gestalt works with the here and now, often things from the past emerge as unfinished business into the present, this can naturally happen within therapy. We can work together with this unfinished business in the present, if you choose to do so. 

Having covered modules within the areas of Mental Health, CBT, Psychodynamic, Play as Therapy, Drama as Therapy and Humanistic Gestalt all modalities will ebb and flow into each other. Gestalt works very closely with the whole being, I will connect with you within an embodied way.
Bringing your awareness to your internal self and external field by creating space for you to become aware of your whole self and environment. 

At times elements of  creativity using tools such as mindfulness, meditation, relaxation techniques,  art work, sea glass therapy,  stones, drumming, hitting a punch bag, colour therapy, two chair work, creative writing, exploring dreams, releasing  blocked energy and trauma through movement, two chair work amongst many other areas may naturally ebb and flow while working together.
Or you may prefer to talk without experimentation, I will always check in with you first before we use any explorative methods. 

A little bit about me, I have worked through many life challenges including mental health issues, co-addiction, abuse, trauma, low self esteem/self-worth and confidence issues. I have a lifetime genetic condition ( Marfan syndrome) which I manage on a daily basis, as well as being Neurodivese. These have all given me much self-insight and great awareness in working with others within therapy. 

Training, qualifications & experience

The beginning, in 1988 I worked on Paul Newman's Summer Camp "The Hole in The Wall Gang Camp" with terminally ill young people.
It was here I was first introduced to great team work and one to one connections such as Relaxation Therapy, Meditation and Mindfulness along with Counselling Skills. This experience set me up at a very early age towards my focus in life.

Following this I studied:

1992-1994: Leeds Metropolitan University: Diploma in Higher Education Play Work including modules: Play Therapy (including a Play Therapy Placement/ Art as Therapy/Drama Therapy) Covering the importance of creative expression for both young people and adults.

1998-2002 Relaxation Therapy M.A.S.C

2000-2004 Colour Therapy: Iris International School of Colour Therapy Totnes
Certificate and Diploma in Colour Counselling and Colour Therapist ( including the Psychology-of Colour, Art as Therapy, Chakra Healing, Nature as Therapy, Colour Vibrational Healing within the Environment, Body Mind and Spirit. 

Reiki Practitioner levels 1, 2 and Masters. 


2009 Level 1: Certificate in Introduction to counselling skills/ AQA/Wiltshire College

2010 Level 2: Certificate into The First steps into the Theory of Counselling/AQA/Wiltshire College

2010 to 2011: Level 3: Certificate in Counselling Studies/Theory and Practice/ CPCAB/Wiltshire College

2012 to 2014: Diploma in Higher Education in Humanistic Gestalt Psychotherapy/Counselling: The University of Winchester

2012 to 2015: Workshops attended and CPD ( Continue Professional Development) 

Sand Tray Therapy/ Creative Expression/ Dream Workshop/ Mask Therapy/ Art Therapy/ Methods to work with anxiety/ What is depression? /Meditation/ Group Sculpting/ Groups have attended and ran workshops. The Red Tent Women’s empowering and awareness groups.
I hold Women’s Circles in Andover. 

2013 Certificate: Weekend/ 2 days training: The Endorphin Effect/ William Bloom: Glastonbury (covering ways to release endorphins, serotonin and working with melatonin and techniques for everyday stress)

2015: Certificate: 2 days training: ASIST Training/ Suicide Intervention/PAPYRUS (Prevention of Young Suicide UK) How to work with young people and adults with suicidal ideation.

2020: Different Attachment Theories: 6 hours training: CPD: The Olive Branch Winchester 

2019: Exploring Creative Methods in Psychotherapy: CPD: 6 hours of training: The Olive Branch

2016: February to April: Salisbury: CPD>3 months training in Mindfulness Stress Reduction 

2018: Working with Shame and Secrecy associated with Self-Harm Certification  ( BACP) 

2018: Compassion Focused Therapy for People with an Eating Disorder Certificate  ( Ken Ross BACP) 

2019: Broken Lives, broken brains, broken hearts- Find Joy in healing the residue of Trauma Certificate  (Judy Crane) BACP 

2021: October CPD: GIRES: Training in Gender Diversity for Primary Care Team 

2021: October: CPD: Certificate in Cognitive BehaviouralTherapy: CBT: Course Central

2022: February: CPD: Virtual College> Certification in Understanding Young Minds.

2022: February: CPD: Virtual College>Certification in Self-Harm 

2022: May: CPD 6 hours; Creative Explorative Therapy The Olive Branch  

2023: Practitioners Diploma in Menopause Well-being ( Holistic and Well-being Course Academy) 

2023: Complete Meditation, Mindfulness and Mind Training Certificate with Michael Bijker 

2023: Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Certificate ( SFBT) ( Chris Worfolk, Holbeck College) 

Having Dyslexia and Dyspraxia and living with family members with ADHD and ASD aids me with skills and awareness of people living with Neurodivergent diagnoses (self or medical) which are naturally used within my practice. 

Anxiety and Low Mood are areas I have personally experienced and I have had much success with young people and adults. 

Self Harm is an area I work very closely with, witnessing some wonderful outcomes. 

Sea Glass Therapy is my own method of working with Sea Glass in a Therapeutic Way, I am very open to discuss this therapeutic sea glass method. 
Along with therapeutic Earth Chants. 

Member organisations

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Areas of counselling I deal with

Other areas of counselling I deal with

*Retreat style therapy. Over the years it has come to my awareness that some clients prefer longer one off sessions.

*Releasing Trauma 

* I work in the "here and now" and follow what becomes figural within the counselling room, sometimes this will stay in the present or take us back to unfinished business.

*Gestalt is a creative therapy, some clients may like to explore creatively and others may prefer to talk

*I work with both Neurotypical and clients under the Neurodiverse Umbrella 

*Having a life time genetic condition of Marfan syndrome has presented me with a natural understanding of long term health conditions. 

*Anxiety and Depression, I have had my own challenges with these which gives me a greater awareness of holding space for others, 

*I have counselled many young people around A-levels and University

*Blocks to Creativity and Self-Awareness

*Adults over 18

*Women empowerment and the menopause 

*Areas around Gender Identity 

*Confidence/Self- Esteem

*Awareness/Mindfulness/Affirmations/Relaxation Releasing and Becoming present

*I have professional and personal experience around areas of recovery and addiction, alcohol, sex, co-addiction, food, drugs, internet.

*Mental Health 

*Creativity, Colour, Sea Glass Therapy, Many areas of Psychotherapeutic Creative Exploring to release deep blocks. 

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£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Additional information

Pricing  from April 2023: I offer a free 20 to 30 minute telephone/online consultation.

Young people age 13 to  22: £40 for 30 minutes online and face to face talking therapy. For a block of 6 there is a reduction of £10 making the total £230 

Adults: Age 23 and up: £50 for 50 minutes online and face to face talking therapy. For a block of 6 there is a £10 reduction, total  £290

I offer 1 off therapy sessions for all clients.
I do recommend at least 6 continues sessions if this is your first step into counselling to support you in your processing and progress. 

Online counselling consists of Zoom or FaceTime it is a similar experience to working within the therapy room.
The client and therapist can see and hear each other, just as face to face therapy this form of counselling also works very closely with the therapeutic relationship. 

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I offer 1 off counselling sessions as well as longer 6 weeks to long term therapy. 

7am to 3pm Monday 

7am to 7pm Tuesday

7am to 4pm Wednesday 

7am to 1pm Thursday 

Further information

I hold full Balen's Medical Insurance.

I hold a recent Uk Disclosure Certificate

Registered Member of The British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and abide/follow there code of Ethics and Moral qualities.

I have regular Supervision with a qualified Psychotherapist/Counselling Supervisor.

2000 to 2007 Worked within a college as a Student Learner support Assistant for 7 years, with young people and adults (both mainstream and specific learning difficulties)

2013 to 2014 Worked as a Volunteer Counsellor at Basingstoke College of Technology with young people and adults (students and staff)

2013 to 2014 Worked with adults as a Volunteer Counsellor at MIND/ Covering many areas of mental health

Present date I work as an independent Psychotherapeutic Counsellor with adults and young people online and within The Wooden Round House Charlton.

The Olive branch Winchester

2019: Creative Explorative experiments in Gestalt psychotherapy

2020: Workshop of different attachment styles

Charlton, Andover, Hampshire, SP10

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

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We are on one level, you can park in front of the cottage and there is a small gate left of the cottage ( if you are looking at it) The Wooden Round House is through here, please beware it is a gravel path. The doors can open up for a wheelchair.

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Rhonda Cleary
Rhonda Cleary