Saffron Marriner Advanced Dip Couns Reg BACP

Saffron Marriner Advanced Dip Couns Reg BACP

389 Wimborne Road

52 A Poole Road

07890 206614

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About me

Hi, I'm Saffron. Are you feeling anxious, depressed, struggling with low self-esteem, relationship difficulties, family issues or other emotional issues? Counselling and psychotherapy can offer a great source of comfort and relief and help us through difficult times in our lives.

The way we think and feel about ourselves significantly impacts  how we live our lives. It determines our levels of confidence and self esteem. As a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist with over 15 years experience I have an interest in enabling you to understand how unhelpful thoughts and unconscious emotional processes can cause you to remain in a cycle of repeating unwanted behaviours, and can negatively affect your life.

In addition to my private practice, I have extensive experience working in a variety of settings, as well as undertaken training to support clients with alcohol and/or substance misuse issues and the related difficulties that may arise from their addiction.

From listening to my clients I have come to understand how deciding to begin counselling can feel quite scary. It's for this reason that I offer a free 30 minute telephone assessment or just £10 for a 30 minute face to face consultation, to cover the cost of room rental as I appreciate choosing the right counsellor can be a daunting decision. This is not a counselling session but will give us the opportunity to meet and discuss your requirements and for you to ensure that you feel comfortable with working with me. There is no obligation to book further sessions following this assessment session. The £10 will be deducted from your first counselling session, if you choose to continue working with me.

What are the benefits?

Therapy offers a reflective space to talk about something which you might not want to talk about with your friends or family, and a safe space to start to work through your issues in your own time. Therapy can empower you to make the changes you need.

Engaging in the therapeutic process will allow you to discover new perspectives regarding your concerns, in an understanding and non-judgmental environment. I will help you to identify your patterns of behaviour, and to understand the reasons why you think about yourself and experience other people in the ways that you do. Therapy encourages a new way of looking at our old thought patterns.

Events, experiences and people throughout your life will have had an influence on your self esteem and self confidence and any issues or concerns that you have about this, as well as your thinking, behaviour and how you feel about yourself.

Gaining an understanding of these complex issues will provide you with more self awareness, self esteem and confidence, and give you a more balanced outlook, which can ultimately lead to a more rewarding life and improved relationships with others.

My Most Recent Supervisor’s Report (August 2017)

Saffron’s training and theoretical orientation is integrative, which reflects in her practice as her approach is to be open minded to meet the needs of her individual clients. She has a strong understanding of Person Centred Theory which reflects in her work. I am able to witness her build a strong therapeutic alliance with her clients which is an important, fundamental belief of hers. This combined with her awareness of the need to provide the core conditions demonstrates that she has a very strong foundation of person-centred theory. Saffron’s commitment to offering the core conditions allows her to work effectively with the client, building a safe relationship with good strong boundaries.

Saffron is very aware of the need for consistently strong boundaries for both herself and clients. Client’s safety and wellbeing is of paramount importance to her as well as being mindful of her own self care.  She makes good use of supervision and the beneficial effect of her commitment is evidential in her client work. I believe that Saffron transfers her personal moral qualities into her practice as described by the BACP ethical framework. Her particularly strong qualities are empathy, integrity, humility, sincerity, resilience and courage.

Over the years Saffron has shown many examples of her awareness of the BACP ethical framework within supervision. She encourages open and honest communication with her clients which is also a reflection of her ethos. She shows respect for her clients and ensures their therapeutic needs are being met.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Advanced Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy
  • Diploma in Welfare Studies
  • DANOS (Drug and Alcohol)
  • Brief Interventions (Drug and Alcohol)
  • Mindfulness
  • Certified Group Facilitator
  • Certified in working with young adults

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Initial assessment fee:  No charge for 30 min telephone assessment or £10 for a face to face assessment, in order to cover cost of room rental. This charge will be deducted from the fee for your first counselling session if you choose to continue with the counselling process.

50 min session: £40

Student Counsellors £35 for 50 min session

Further information

I have over 15 years of experience, working as a counsellor.  I have had the privilege of working  with many courageous people who have faced difficulties in their lives – people from different backgrounds, cultures and with an age range of 16-70+ have been able to explore what is worrying them, gain a better understanding of themselves, their issues and they have gained more control of their lives. This facilitates the possibility of change.

I offer a supportive and confidential environment, working together with my clients, exploring with you areas of your life that you would like to change, improve or simply gain more insight into or understanding about.

I work in an integrative way, which means that I draw on different counselling theories, and by gaining an understanding of your issues and where your problems stem from, you will be able to make the changes that you want to, helping you to live the life that you want.

I am a registered member of The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by The Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy. That also means that I am fully insured and committed to continuing professional development.

Maps & Directions

Bournemouth, BH9 2AQ
Bournemouth, BH4 9DZ

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified


I am available through the week, evenings and Saturdays

Types of client

Young people
Older adults