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About me

To provide support during the current coronavirus pandemic I am offering sessions over the phone, via Skype and WhatsApp. Please contact me if you have any questions about remote sessions and how we can make remote therapy work for you.

Would you get a medal for your anxiety if there was one? Is a relationship fizzling out and leaving you feeling uncertain? Or has depression drained all the colour out of your life along with your self-esteem? Life can be a rocky road for most of us, so having the opportunity to tell your story, gain insight, clarity and a fresh perspective can be a welcome relief.

I am an experienced counsellor, psychotherapist and coach with many years of experience in helping people achieve optimal emotional wellbeing. I have worked with organisations including Mind, Samaritans, Family Centres, Adult Continuing Education, Social Services and across the voluntary sector.

My established private practice is in a tranquil setting in the heart of Winchester with parking near by and good public transport links. A confidential, safe space for individuals and couples to explore thoughts, feelings and emotions to obtain some clarity over them. I am also able to offer home visits within a 30 mile radius of Winchester, within Hampshire, if this is preferred.

I offer a service that's trustworthy, confidential and beneficial for you. I am an upbeat, insightful, approachable person and we will be working together towards positive change.

As well as one to one sessions I also run workshops including, improving your confidence, assertiveness techniques, how to lift depression, dealing with anxiety, anger management and  laughter therapy workshops.

As a registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) I work within the BACP Ethical framework.

Take a look around my website www.talktoshirley.co.uk, or give me a call on 07846 729042 you have nothing to lose except how you feel right now about yourself and your life.

Training, qualifications & experience

With an Enhanced DBS, I have qualifications across the spectrum of counselling, psychotherapy and coaching. My past experience whilst working with MIND, Samaritans, Social Services and Family Centres has given me a full and comprehensive understanding. Using this knowledge together with my many years of experience I am able to empower individuals, couples and groups with excellent results.

  • Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, Level 5
  • Diploma in Therapeutic Coaching and Training
  • Mindfulness Based Mind Management
  • Post Graduate Diploma, Human Givens, Distinction
  • Certificate in Person Centred Counselling
  • Therapeutic Coaching Skills
  • Advanced Coaching Skills for Counsellors
  • Enhanced DBS
  • Recovery Toolkit Facilitators Training in Domestic Abuse
  • Laughter Therapy Facilitation

Member organisations


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

Relatives, friends of someone with alcohol and drug misuse issues.

Childhood Trauma.


Sight loss.

People living with someone who has sight loss.

Student counsellors/psychotherapists personal therapy.

Therapies offered

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Human Givens psychotherapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis

Photos & videos


Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers

Additional information

*Update - from 24th March 2020 and until further notice, all my sessions are done remotely by phone or Skype

Taster Session is FREE (50 minutes)

I want you to feel sure that I am right for you and that you feel comfortable working with me, so I offer a taster session free of cost. We can discuss what is on your mind and how I can support you to make positive changes.

Follow On Sessions:

£55 for 50 minutes session.

Couples are charged £70 per 50 minutes.

Note: This includes a 10 min support phone call between sessions if needed.

Feel better right from the very first session!
6-12 weekly sessions are usually required to make changes. However it could be shorter or longer depending on the circumstances and individual needs.

Payment details:
Sessions are to be paid 48 hours in advance either by PayPal or BACS transfer.

Sessions cancelled with less than 48 hours notice will be charged in full.


Monday 9am - 8pm, Thursday 9am - 8pm, Friday 9am - 6pm, Saturday on request

Further information

Please feel free to phone, email or text me with any concerns you may have or to book a taster session.

Colebrook Street
SO23 9LH


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Languages offered



Shirley Gravenell  HG.Dip.P.MBACP. FRTC

Shirley Gravenell HG.Dip.P.MBACP. FRTC