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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 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

Childhood Trauma

Teenage worries and concerns


Sight loss.

People living with someone who has sight loss.

Student counsellors/psychotherapists personal therapy.

Photos & videos


£60.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

*Update -All sessions can be done remotely by phone, Skype or WhatsApp Video and we have now resumed face to face if preferred.

Taster Session is FREE if remote otherwise £15 face to face (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 50min taster session. We can discuss what is on your mind and how I can support you to make positive changes.

Follow On Sessions:

 Individual £60 per 50 minutes 

Couples £75 per 50 minutes.

Student Counsellors/Psychotherapists £40 per 50 minutes

Concessions please ask 

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 Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

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.

Talk To Shirley
Southgate Chambers
37-39 Southgate Street
SO23 9EH

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

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Shirley Gravenell

Shirley Gravenell