Shelley Cannings

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Chippenham SN15 & Devizes SN10
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About me

Hello and thank you for looking at my profile. I hope reading this will give you some idea of how I work. I am a person-centred counsellor, counselling in Devizes and Chippenham. I am able to offer both long term and short-term counselling for however long you feel you need it, once a space is open for you, it remains that way.

How counselling can help:
I provide a safe, empathic, confidential, supportive and non-judgmental space with my warm and gentle approach, to talk through any difficulties or life concerns that you may be finding hard to face alone. I work in a person centred way, which means keeping you and what is important to you at the centre of everything we reflect on together. I also integrate other therapeutic approaches such as transpersonal which can help us explore your life from a spiritual perspective if you feel that would be helpful to you. You are in control of all the work that we do together.

What to expect in your first session:

The relationship between counsellor and client is of the upmost importance; our therapeutic relationship is where the change you’re looking for becomes possible and the power to heal is found. In order for you to ensure you find the right counsellor for you, I offer a reduced fee initial assessment lasting 45mins. If you feel I am the right person to work after the assessment session, then together we will begin that journey. Along this journey we will discover your inner strengths, we might uncover hidden patterns of relating and behaving which we will unfold and process together. We may also bring in an awareness of your spiritual self that will help you in understanding yourself better. This process can take time, so I offer an open ended form of counselling, to allow us the time we need.

I can offer help with a range of areas including:

• anxiety
• depression
• mental health distress
• bereavement/loss
• relationship split/ending
• identity issues
• sexuality issues
• gender stereotypes
• loneliness/isolation
• abuse
• misunderstandings
• Low self esteem and self worth
• Spiritual concerns

I like to lay down any labels you may be holding and seek to see the person underneath.

Taking the first steps of finding a counsellor can be scary. Some see it as a sign of weakness; however I see it as a sign of strength that you are strong enough to ask for help. At our first session you will have a chance to explore your expectations and goals for counselling, whilst I gain more of an understanding of what you are experiencing in life, then as long as we both feel that we can work together, we will agree further sessions from there. Please do feel free to get in touch if you have any questions and/or require any further information.

Training, qualifications & experience

Experience & special areas of interest:

I have worked as a 1:1 counsellor for Olive Branch Counselling in Chippenham for the past 8 years. I also currently work (online only) with the Family Centre for Deaf Children of Bristol. This work has involved running both group and individual therapy. I have my own private practice and offer face to face counselling in Devizes and Chippenham.

I have an interest in working to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, non-binary or questioning (LGBTQ+) clients and have experience as an LGBT youth support worker. I am comfortable talking through identity and gender issues and I am also able to signpost to agencies who will assist you in embracing and enhancing your sexuality/gender.
I also have an interest in working with D/deaf and hard of hearing clients, I am passionate about inclusivity for all the above and believe Deaf people should have the same access as hearing to counselling services. I am therefore learning British Sign Language (BSL level 6) to enable this to happen.
I am also a Christian; however, I do not bring in the spiritual aspect into my work unless you (my client) seeks for this to happen. I am really keen to combine my experiences and ensure I hold a space for everyone to feel safe.

Training & Professional standards:

Foundation Degree in Humanistic Counselling
Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

I have full professional liability insurance.
I am a registered member of the BACP, so adhere to their code of ethics.

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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

D/deaf, hard of hearing issues

LGBT issues - sexuality and gender


£35.00 - £50.00

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Initial assessment - Reduced fee at £30 for 50mins

Counselling sessions - £50 per hour face to face or £45 per hour online only

On discussion I can offer a sliding scale for students/low income

When I work

Please contact me to discuss a mutual agreeable time you and I are available for counselling.

Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN15

Devizes, Wiltshire, SN10

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access
Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a Counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Bristol is fully accessible. Chippenham is on the 1st floor with no lift.

Additional languages

BSL Level 4

Shelley Cannings
Shelley Cannings