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MBACP Registered Experienced Adult, Adolescent and Child Counsellor

About me

Choosing to have counselling can be a daunting step but if you are looking for a professional therapist who will work alongside you, respect you and what you are bringing to your counselling sessions without judging you then I may be able to help you to make that first step and beyond. I have been qualified for over 20 years and have worked for the NHS and have worked as a therapist in Educational Establishments. I was Clinical Manager, supervising counsellors for an Employee Assistance Programme. I provide professional care and support to individuals, couples, adolescents and children.

Most people come to counselling feeling anxious and making this first nerve wracking step is often the most difficult thing to do. I offer a free 30 minute session on the telephone to see if what I provide is going to help you. Working within the BACP framework, one of my aims is to help you to feel safe straight away. I work as honestly as I know how and will let you know if I don’t think that I can help you and will suggest alternatives. I offer short term, solution focussed therapy and longer term therapy and also telephone counselling. In addition I offer support and debriefing to organisations and individuals who have experienced a critical incident or trauma.

One of my aims is to help you to find a way forward and to explore options on an issue or issues that you may have been thinking about for some time. I do this in a confidential environment which gives you the opportunity to explore and for you to say what you have been thinking and move forward.

I am a Supervisor and offer supervision to counselling students, groups, qualified counsellors, health care practitioners and to individuals and groups working in education and organisations.

I have a DBS Full Enhanced Check.

Finally, making that first step is often the most difficult. I will be there for you in a confidential environment to help you feel comfortable without any kind of judgement. In the first instance, I always suggest we have an initial session for you to decide that you feel comfortable for us to work together.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma in Counselling 1996.
  • Institute of Group Analysis, London.
  • Supervision course in Skills and Theory, Winchester.
  • Head of Student and Staff Counselling Service.
  • Pupil Counsellor.
  • Clinical Manager for Employee Assistance Programme.
  • Dorset NHS Trust.
  • Southampton NHS Trust.
  • Dorset County Council.
  • Relate Dorset.

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

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When I work

I offer weekly, fortnightly, or flexible appointments on weekdays and evenings.

Steven James Counselling, 52A Poole Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH4 9DZ

The Coastal Practice, 98, The Broadway, Southbourne, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH6 4EH

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


In person

I have been supervising Counsellors and staff in an impatient facility for a number of years.

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