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About me

Hi, I'm Rowena, I am a qualified person-centred counsellor working online. I welcome clients from all different cultures, ages, sexualities and walks of life. 

Sometimes as we go through life, we find ourselves unable to cope with our feelings and thoughts.  At times we can struggle with feelings of sadness, grief, loss, loneliness or isolation. We may have relationship problems with our families, partners and loved ones. I can offer you counselling for a variety of problems.

Feelings can intrude into our everyday life and can make us feel anxious, overwhelmed and lost, and this can lead to low self-esteem and self-confidence.

These feelings and thoughts can stop us enjoying life in the way we are truly meant to, and we start to feel that we are no longer able to manage on our own and are no longer in control of our lives. Particularly considering this pandemic, life has been challenging and you might be finding that issues and worries have come to the forefront of your mind.

Entering therapy can be the first step to changing your life.

You will learn more about yourself which will enable you to make positive change to your life. With this new understanding you will have clarity as to the causes of your problems and you will feel empowered to make change.

I work in a person-centred way which means I believe you have the tools internally to help yourself. I will help you find them, recognise them and then teach you how to use them.  I feel passionate about empowering my clients so that they can move forward and lead a more fulfilled and happy life.

You need to feel comfortable with the counsellor you choose.

Therefore, at our first session we will explore your situation and see if we feel we can work together. It is essential that our relationship is right, and you feel able to talk to me and trust me to listen in a non-judgmental way. I do not charge for the first, getting to know each other, session.

Why Enter into Online Therapy?

If you have a disability, phobia or social anxiety which makes it hard for you to attend face to face counselling sessions, online counselling can be the perfect solution. You may find it hard to get to appointments or traveling arrangements are difficult or you may not want to be spotted entering a counsellors office, then please consider online counselling.

Online counselling has many benefits, it can be done in the comfort and privacy of your own home, at a time that is convenient to you, using a platform you are comfortable in using. I offer counselling via the telephone, Zoom or Teams.

I am here to support you and make your journey a pleasurable one, but more importantly one that you will be able to use for personal growth and fulfilment.

For the first session there is no charge - so please do get in touch.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a qualified person-centred counsellor who is a Professional Member of ACTO - Association for Counselling and Online Therapy. To gain professional membership involved a rigorous course of study and assessment in online and telephone counselling. I have a current DBS check, and hold full insurance.

I am proud to be a member of ATCO along with the NCS - National Counselling Society and continue to be committed to learning and expanding my knowledge.

  • Certificate in Counselling Skills 
  • Certificate in Counselling Theory 
  • Diploma in Counselling Skills 
  • Advanced Diploma in Counselling Skills & Theory (Distinction) 
  • Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy CBT (studying)
  • Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling
  • Advanced Certificate in Online and Telephone
  • Counselling Mental Health and the Body: Treating Trauma
  • Trauma and the Body: Dissociation and Somatisation
  • TA 101 at the Berne Institute

I work as a volunteer counsellor for a local charity which specialises in bereavement counselling and end of life counselling and support. I love my work with the charity and consider it a privilege to help people with living after a death of a loved one and in the act of dying.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


National Counselling Society

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.


The Association for Counselling and Therapy Online

The Association for Counselling and Therapy Online

Accredited register membership

National Counselling Society

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

If you have a disability, phobia or social anxiety which makes it hard for you to attend face to face counselling, online counselling could be the perfect solution.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy


£30.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Students

Additional information

For the first session there is no charge.

For any following sessions there is a charge of £30 for a 50 minute session.  


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You can contact me via text or email. I check my emails and texts every evening from 4:30.  I mostly work in the evenings my first appointment is normally at 5pm. 


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Key details

DBS checked
Rowena Podesta MNCS Accredited

Rowena Podesta MNCS Accredited