About me

Hello and welcome my name is Rhonda at present I work online and face to face from The Wooden Round House over looking the River Anton. I have been a qualified counsellor for several years, working with adults and young people age 13 up either face to face or online. There may be times in life when you feel you may benefit from some professional listening support, I offer a confidential, non judgmental counselling service.

Being someone who has worked within the area of wellbeing, people support, one to one work within education and within different therapeutic environments for around 30 years, counselling felt like a very natural progression for me.

The area I am qualified in is Humanistic Gestalt Therapy which is a talking therapy working with a creative form of psychotherapy, with the awareness of seeing the individual as a whole person, working closely with your mental health as well as your physical, emotional wellbeing and spiritual self.

Gestalt is a psychotherapy of the here and now, often things from the past may emerge as unfinished business into the present, this often naturally happens within counselling. Having covered modules within the areas of CBT, Psychodynamic and Humanistic all modalities of counselling will ebb and flow into each other.

Gestalt the modality I am qualified in works very closely with the whole being connecting with you within a very 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 experimental creativity using tools such as buttons, stones, art work, meditation, colour therapy, two chair work, creative writing, exploring dreams amongst many other areas which will naturally ebb and flow within the counselling room and while online.
I will use my awareness and check in with you first before we use any creative experiments, we call this grading.

Training, qualifications & experience

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, Chakra Healing, Colour Vibration within and the body mind and spirit.

2004-2006 Reiki Practitioner levels 1 and 2  


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 Counselling/
The University of Winchester

2012 to 2015: Workshops attended:

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

2013 Certificate: 10 hours training: The Endorphin Effect/ William Bloom: Glastonbury (ways to release endorphins and techniques for everyday stress)

2015: Certificate: 10 hours training: ASIST Training/ Suicide Intervention/PAPYRUS (Prevention of Young Suicide UK) How to work with young people and adults whom may be suicidal. 

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

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

2016: February to April: 3 months training in Mindfulness Stress Reduction Certificate 

2021: October GIRES: Training in Gender Diversity for Primary Care Team: 10 hours training 

2021: October: Certificate in Cognitive BehaviouralTherapy: CBT: Course Central: 20 hours of study

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

 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. Some clients may like to use experiments and explore creatively and others may prefer to talk, I will work with whatever works for you.

*Anxiety and Depression are areas which I have been naturally working with and focusing on within the last few years.

*Exam pressure GCSEs, A-levels and University

*Blocks to Creativity and Self-Awareness

*Adults and Young People 

*Women empowerment and the menopause 

*Areas around Gender 

*Confidence/Self- Esteem

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

*Working with clients with long term illnesses, in which I have personal and professional experience

* This new area of uncertainty which has emerged since March 2020 and Covid fallout thereafter 

*I have professional and personal experience and knowledge around all areas of recovery and addiction

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From £30.00 to £50.00
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

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

Additional information

Pricing  from September 2021 

I offer a free 15 to 20 minute online/telephone consultation.

I work with young people age 13 to 21. 
£30 for online and face to face talking therapy for 30 minutes

Adults: 22 up 
£50 for 50 minutes online and face to face talking therapy

OR £30 for 30 minutes of online “touch base” sessions, these are new for adults since the fall out of Covid, I have been very aware how many people feel they need to connect with a counsellor however they may have their time or money or both restricted. Making this a great alternative. I do not recommend a minimum amount of time for these touch base sessions, they can be a one off or as many as one needs. 

Online counselling consists of Zoom, FaceTime or WhatsApp it is a similar experience to working within the therapy room. The client and counsellor can see and hear each other, this form of counselling works very closely with the counselling 

Face to Face day and evening counselling is available from September outside and within the Wooden Round House (with the window open and comfy throws at hand to keep warm) until November. From November we will be going back online fully throughout the Winter keeping you and myself Covid safe.
Offering back face to face from April 2022 through to November. 


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

7am to 2pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday.
Monday and Tuesday 4pm to 7pm

September I have evenings available face to face in The Wooden Round House until November, then back online. 

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 Morale 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


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

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Hours of work are 7am to 2pm

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Rhonda Cleary

Rhonda Cleary