Shelley Benson Dip Couns, MBACP.



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About me

My name is Shelley, I am in my early 40’s, married and a mum of 1. I run little lounge counselling, which is a warm, confidential, respectful, safe and non judgement space in which you are free to be your self and talk at your own pace. There are no expectations or judgements, just room for you to be you - your space.

I work with many issues such as self esteem, confidence, anger, depression, loss, anxiety and many other issues that affect ALL of us human beings.

Life can invoke a variety of feelings in a person and I understand seeking help from someone can feel daunting. It takes a lot of strength to make this first step into seeking help with a new person in order to share and explore your concerns.

I believe that going to a Counsellor or Therapist when you are felling sad or overwhelmed could be as normal as going to the Mechanic when a red light flashes up on your car.

I work as a Humanist/Person Centred Counsellor and use other forms of modality in my practise in order to assist people to manage their life in a way that is more productive for them.

I started my working career (over 20 years ago) as a hairdresser, which is where I first found my love of helping people feel better about themselves. Then 7 years ago I felt I wanted to do more to help people and that hairdressing was no longer my passion but assisting people to manage their life is where my passion lies.

I feel that working so closely with people of all varying ages, experiencing all manners of life's difficulties, plus my own personal life experiences, for so many years has given me an understanding and deep empathy for how many grey areas there are in life. *****

During my training I worked for a year with Place2be, working with the same three children a week for that year. This experience gave me the opportunity to see the children grow by allowing them their own safe space. This has given me an insight to the importance that therapy has for children, as well as adults and wanting to help people of all ages and in all different walks of life.

Training, qualifications & experience

Level 2 Award in Introduction to Counselling Skills-2012-Certificate

Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (QCF)-2013-Certificate

Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies (QCF)-2014-Certificate

Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling-2019-Certificate

Transactional Analysis 101-2018-Certificate

Place2Be Volunteer Counsellor Introduction & Safeguarding Training-2017-Certificate of Attendance

Place2Be Volunteer Introductory Workshop-2017-Certificate of Attendance

Suicide Awareness & Prevention Course-2018-no Certificate

Member organisations



Individual Counselling £30 for 50 minutes

Children under 16 years £15 for 50 minutes

Students £20 for 50 minutes

Couples £45 for 50 minutes

Maps & Directions

Belvedere, DA17

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access: No

Types of client

Young people
Older adults