About me

Hello, and welcome to Handley therapy.

Due to the current issues we're all facing, I'm happy to offer FaceTime, Zoom, or telephone counselling so that you can still get the help you need, but also stay safe. If you are under self isolation, and need to talk all this through, then please contact me. Just because we're isolating, doesn't mean we can't reach out to each other.

I am a fully qualified, BACP accredited counseller in Person Centred Counselling, CBT, hypnotherapy and hypnoanalysis.

My consulting rooms are based in Benfleet and provide a comfortable, confidential environment for you to explore whatever you choose to bring. They are on the ground floor and there is ample free off street parking.

I offer supervision for both counselling and hypnotherapy, with concessions for students. I am currently completing a further level 7 clinical supervision certificate to enhance my supervision.

I have studied therapy for nine years, and have worked in areas as diverse as bereavement, alcohol abuse and counselling children in schools. I have seen a wide variety of clients and have been able to help them through many issues.

I have worked for Mind and the NHS as a therapist, and I currently teach counselling and hypnotherapy.

Above all I offer a caring, friendly setting for you to break free of what holds you back, and find your own path to your full potential - Take control of your own life now and make it what you want!

Counselling explores a number of issues that effect our lives. From day to day living to life changing events, counselling can help you find your path out of the woods. It is a powerful, therapeutic tool and can help you find the life you want. It can help you find direction, to process past life experiences, and cope with what experiences are on their way.

Counselling can help you to gain insight into yourself, to help you express yourself so you are heard by those around you. Our minds and bodies are inter-linked, by looking internally you will find that you can gain a sense of well being, can improve your physical health or help you cope with long-term health conditions. It can also improve your overall sense of well-being. For you, this might mean feeling happier or more content, more relaxed or at ease with yourself, or it might mean feeling more hopeful or optimistic about the future. Regardless of which issue you bring to a session, counselling has a knock on effect on the rest of our lives.

Each client is different, with different issues, so each session has to be tailor made.

In the consultation we will discuss what is troubling you and what outcome you are aiming for. When you choose to continue I will build a session, or group of sessions, to best suit you.

I work in a person-centred way, which means that you as the client are the expert and will know what is best, the therapist is there to guide you through your feelings and find the answer that is best for you.

Along with this I also use some CBT, and visual therapies. Hypnotherapy is also an option.

Contact me to discuss what therapy will best suit you, as all sessions are tailor made for each client.

Training, qualifications & experience

Master Degree (merit)
Honours Degree

Foundation Degree in Counselling
Post Graduate Certificate in Clinical Supervision
Diploma in Person Centred Counselling
Diploma in Hypnotherapy and Hypnoanalysis
Diploma in CBT
Certificate in mentoring

Training with:
Relate - Relationship and family therapy
Cruise Bereavement Care - Bereavement Counselling
Place 2 Be - working with children

I am an acredited member of the BACP and the National Hypnotherapy Society.

I have worked in Southend Probation and with Cruse Bereavement Counselling. As well as being a private therapist, I have been a supervisor and tutor with Scope and have worked with Relate - The Relationship People.

I have also worked for Mind and the NHS, seeing clients with a range of issues.

I teach therapy for Chrysalis.

I continue my training in therapy as I believe in its healing qualities, and I aim to offer each client my very best, and I see learning fresh techniques as a part of this.

I know that sometimes life is hard, so hard that you can't see a way through the woods. I am here to help you find your path out of the woods.

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.


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 also specialise in analysis, using hypnotherapy and counselling. This is an effective method for anxiety and other issues with deep seated causes.

I mix modalities, often using CBT style 'homework' to keep you focussed and exploring your issues in-between sessions.

I am a qualified supervisor to post graduate level and offer supervision for student counsellors and qualified counsellors.

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Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

A session is 50 minutes.

In Benfleet:

Individual Counselling - £45

Concessions given for students, nurses, paramedics and those in the armed forces.

Supervision (Benfleet)

1 1/2 hours - £50

student concessions - £40


Evening and day times available

27 Woodside View

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults


In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

Hello,I'm a qualified supervisor, with a post-graduate certificate in clinical supervision.

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