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About me

Hello and welcome to my page, my name is Stephanie Petrelli. I am a qualified, professional Psychotherapist with a Master of Education in Counselling Psychology and a registered member of the BACP.

In a very busy and hectic world, I believe counselling is one of the few places people are truly able to dedicate some time for themselves. It can be extremely healthy and relieving to talk it out with someone who will listen with compassion and without judgement.

About me

Ever since I was young, I knew I wanted to follow a career path that would make a difference in people’s lives. Prior to becoming a psychotherapist, I was a teacher for 5 years. It was this experience that developed my passion for wellbeing and that set me on the path of helping others and focusing on mental health. During my counselling career, I have had the chance to work with both adults and young adults suffering from a wide variety of issues. I currently work at a university counselling centre helping to support students throughout their education using a brief, solution-focused framework. I also provide longer term counselling support for a charity in Portsmouth.

Some of the issues I have worked with are​:​

Eating Disorders
Relationship issues
Lack of confidence/Self-esteem
Stress management

My approach

I can offer you a warm, safe environment to help you explore your problems without passing judgement. No one is more of an expert on your life than you and I want to understand and work through your problems with you. I value your experiences and what you bring to our sessions. We will work together in order to build confidence, independence, and resilience to improve and maintain your wellbeing.

I have always been a part of a multidisciplinary team and therefore use methods and strategies from a variety of approaches, all depending on with whom I'm working. This integrative approach allows me to tailor each session to your specific needs and experiences. It is important to me to ensure you are getting the most appropriate support that works for you. I may use techniques from various counselling models such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Brief Solution Focused, Gestalt, Mindfulness, Person-Centred, as well as other methods. If you're going through a difficult time or would just like to discuss feelings or thoughts you can’t cope with, please get in touch.

Training, qualifications & experience


  • BA (Hons) in English and History
  • Bachelor of Education with Qualified Teacher Status- I used to teach secondary school English.
  • Master of Education in Counselling Psychology
  • Registered member of the BACP
  • Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

It is very important to me to continue developing myself professionally. I am always learning new and innovative ways to work with clients by attending or completing workshops.


  • Child Protection Workshop (2013)
  • Facilitating Group Therapy (2014)
  • Working with Suicidal Thoughts Workshop (2014)
  • Healthy Relationships Workshop (2014)
  • Working with Self-harm Workshop (2015)
  • Working with Trauma Workshop (2015)
  • Incorporating Mindfulness Workshop (2015)
  • Eating Disorders Workshop (2015)
  • Youth Psychosis Prevention Workshop (2015)
  • Treating Intrusive Thoughts & the Inner Critical Voice Workshop (2017)
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Online Course (2018)
  • Diploma in Stress Management (2018)
  • Challenges and Dilemmas of Working with Complex PTSD (2019)
  • Attachment Workshop (2019)
  • Mindfulness for Anxiety and Sleep with Tara Brach (2020)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for beginners (2020)
  • Virtual Trauma Summit (2020)

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.


Additional information

All sessions are approximately 50 minutes.

Individual sessions- £50

Couples sessions- £60

Accepted forms of payment: cash before the session begins (a receipt can be given) or BACS.


Flexible working hours.

Further information

I also offer walk and talk sessions for individual clients that prefer nature’s healing touch to aid our work together.

Walk and talk sessions are a creative alternative to traditional counselling. Instead of having sessions inside my office, the session will take place outdoors in and around Chichester Canal or Dell Quay. Nature can be incredibly healing/relaxing and this can aid in the therapeutic process. Walk and Talk counselling offers a different approach where you can breathe, move and talk through whatever you're struggling with.

West Sussex

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

DBS check

In England and Wales, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly known as CRB) carry out criminal records checks for individuals working with vulnerable groups, such as children. To find out more, visit gov.uk , or contact this professional directly

I do offer video counselling if for any reason you are unable to access face-to-face counselling.

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Stephanie Petrelli

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