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About me

Hi, I'm Shirley. Welcome to my profile.

In these troubling and uncertain times of Covid, I am pleased I can still support those in need by providing online and telephone counselling. Virtual counselling is just as effective as face-to-face. It is a safe space to express your feelings and emotions and is accessible to everyone, everywhere. For more information please click on the 'Online Counselling' section of my website https://www.therapyinsideout.com

Life can be so hard but you don't have to cope alone. Many people hide their sadness, challenges, and turmoils - but by having an open, safe space to talk freely, people can begin to heal. Asking for help is nothing to be ashamed of. People often feel pressured to bury their true feelings for fear of rejection, stigma and judgement, enabling the hidden struggle to continue. It's important to realise that we are not alone, there are many people who feel the same as us. It is comforting to know we are all together in our feelings of solitude and all we need to do is have the courage to speak to one another. Counselling can help you put aside the brave face you wear for family and friends as it can be difficult to talk openly and honestly with them.

“The first step toward change is acceptance. Once you accept yourself you open the door to change. That’s all you have to do. Change is not something you do, it’s something you allow”    — Will Garcia

There are many reasons why people come to counselling. No problem is too big or too small, whether you are looking for individual counselling or help as a couple. Perhaps you have been struggling with something for a long time, or you might have experienced a recent upheaval in your life.

I understand that counselling may seem daunting. Talking to someone is not a sign of weakness; it is a way for you to progress and to heal, to enable you to live the life you want to live. Perhaps you could think of it as reaching out and taking the first step. There's no one giant leap to healing and well-being, but lots of little steps along the way. Counselling is an investment in yourself, a way of finding balance to a happier and healthier you. You're worth that! 

It is very important that you feel comfortable and connected with a counsellor, so that a relationship based on honesty, openness and trust can be built. This will allow you to feel accepted without judgement. I offer a free 15 minute, no obligation, Zoom/telephone conversation, so that you can get a feel if you think we could work together.

I work with a range of emotional and psychological issues including, but not limited to:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Loss and bereavement
  • Low self-esteem and low confidence
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Family issues
  • Separation and divorce
  • Self harm
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Anger and panic
  • Transitions and life changes....to name a few

I work with individuals and couples from all walks of life, who are going through difficult times and would like to improve how they feel about themselves, improve their coping skills, find their voice and become empowered. Counselling will help to build your self-esteem and personal growth. We all know that some things in life simply cannot be changed, but we can change how we feel about them - we can journey together to manage your emotions and gain insights into your situation.

Life is like a book. Some chapters are sad, some are happy and some are exciting. But if you never turn the page, you'll never know what the next chapter holds.

With couples work, it is the relationship that is the client. I work in the same neutral and empathic way, helping couples discover how to become effective partners in a way that helps them feel good about themselves, whilst adding value to each other. I can help you improve your relationship with better understanding and honest communication, conflict resolution skills and the belief that if you are willing to change, the relationship can change too.

I am very passionate about what I do. I love people - their uniqueness, their triumphs and failures, their diversity and dilemmas. I build therapeutic relationships based on trust and acceptance. No judgement. I am an experienced, down-to-earth and friendly counsellor. My aim is to help you feel comfortable and empowered, so that you can achieve what matters most to you in your life.

There's strength in asking for help. Let's talk.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • CPCAB Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • Cruse Foundation Certificate in Bereavement Care
  • Cruse Certificate in Telephone Counselling
  • Certificate in Couples Counselling
  • MHFA Adult Mental Health First Aider
  • MHFA Youth Mental Health First Aider
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
  • The Rewind Technique (IARTT - International Association for Rewind Trauma Therapy)


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.


National Counselling Society

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

National Counselling Society

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 have particular interests in:

  • Chronic (and invisible) illnesses including Fibromyalgia and ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Miscarriages, still births and neonatal deaths

Therapies offered

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis

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Additional information

Between £50 - £80 per session. Please get in touch to find out more.


Online, telephone and email sessions are available so you an be supported wherever in the world you may be!

Further information

  • My private practice is in Faringdon (Oxfordshire, SN7).
  • For those who are disabled or unable to attend face-to-face sessions for whatever reason, online or telephone counselling is available. Please contact me if you require more information or go to my website at www.therapyinsideout.com to find out more.
  • There are bathroom facilities.



Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS checked

Online, telephone and email counselling is available for those that cannot attend face-to-face sessions for whatever reason. Please contact me if you require more information about this.

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Shirley Rundle (Therapy Inside Out)

Shirley Rundle (Therapy Inside Out)