Wendy Dunbar

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Counsellor/Psychotherapist BA (Hons), DipHE, MBACP (regd.)
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Fareham PO15
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This professional is accepting new clients but may have a waitlist. Please enquire with them directly to discuss availability.

About me

Welcome! I'm a qualified person-centred counsellor/psychotherapist, with experience working with children, young people and adults, in many areas including depression, anxiety, ADHD, family issues, trauma, illness and bereavement. I strive to create a trusting space where you feel encouraged to share your thoughts, feelings and behaviours and start to gain a more in-depth insight into the issues you face; it's then you may begin to move forward, make some positive changes and regain control of your life.

There can be many reasons a person may feel they need to reach out. I’m here to help create that trusting relationship in a confidential environment, where you felt safe to communicate your full self and feel truly accepted, heard and listened to. This can be hard to find in our busy, everyday lives and yet it can promote growth and give us the strength to move forward in a positive direction. I will not claim to be an expert in your world, as how can I possibly know exactly how it feels to be you? What I do know is deep within us, we have all the necessary tools needed to help us to make decisions or discover the solutions/answers to our problems.

I understand it's daunting reaching out for help, so to reassure you, I initially offer a free confidential 20 minute chat by telephone. where we can discuss your worries as well as to learn a little about me and the service I provide. 

Maybe you have thoughts around not being good enough and feel stagnant and stuck in a world that at times can feel overwhelming and suffocating, leaving you possibly feeling isolated from others? Or have you suffered an unimaginable, indescribable loss of someone or something dear to you, leaving you feeling numb or in excruciating pain? Life may have continued on, but your world is shaken and has taken on a 'surreal-ness' where you no longer feel physically present or able to function. Have you experienced a traumatic event, either physical or emotional, that's left you feeling like a shadow of the person you once were, wanting to hide away from the world and disappear? Or maybe compulsive and addictive behaviours have started to threaten the quality of your life, leaving you feeling powerless, like you’ve lost control? 

I provide talk therapy face to face, online and on the telephone. You are free to choose which method fits best for you. If you would like like to meet for an appointment, my room is in a private location in Fareham and there is free parking close by. 

As a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), I’m regulated and supported in keeping up to date my skills through the ethical standards of good practice. I adhere to the Equality Act 2010, a legal framework that protects you from unfair treatment, welcoming equality and diversity. 
To comply with regulations, I hold public liability insurance and an up to date enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
As part of my professional standards in ensuring ethical practice, I’m committed to my continuous professional/personal development. I attend supervision with a trained professional. 
Confidentiality is paramount to me as I’m aware you will be sharing personal experiences. I will stay committed to protecting your safety. If you share anything that worries me regarding your safety or the safety of another, then this may be an exception and I will need to share this with my supervisor. I would try to discuss this with you where possible beforehand. I am legally obliged to also break confidentiality if you disclose any money laundering or terrorism. 
As set out in the principles of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), relating to the processing of personal data, I will ensure data is stored securely, and used only for explicit, legitimate purposes (Data Protection Act 2018). This includes being registered with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO). Your information will not be passed on to other parties without gaining your permission. You have the right to view, make changes or request deletion of your data. 

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications

  • BA (Hons) in Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Diploma of Higher Education in Person-Centred Counselling (Middlesex University)
  • NHS Counselling Children and Young People (MindEd)
  • Certificate in Counselling (online and telephone)
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills Level 3
  • Introduction to Counselling Level 2
  • Ncfe Level 2 Working with Children and Young People with Mental Health Needs
  • Ascentis Level 3 Speech and Language Support (ELKLAN)
  • Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce Level 3 CACHE

Experience/training

I have gained knowledge and skills working as a practitioner in the health industry, supporting physical and emotional wellbeing through relaxing body techniques.

I progressed into the educational sector, where I've supported many children over the last 20 years, including those considered to have learning and behavioural difficulties. I have worked alongside other services providing a type of wraparound support placing the person at the centre.

I now work in my own private practice, but I'm also a consultant counsellor at an person-centred organisation. Over the years, I have worked alongside and supported children, young people and adults struggling with many conditions including anxiety, grief, depression, abuse, addictions and trauma, as well as the symptoms/behaviours associated with ADHD.

I have a personal and professional interest in the psychological impacts of life-changing physical health problems/injuries, as well as a good knowledge/experience addressing emotional issues with clients with spiritual or religious beliefs e.g. Christians. 

I have some additional creative experience/knowledge working with sand tray therapy, as an alternative communication/therapeutic method (please enquire if this is of interest).

Member organisations

BACP
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

Areas of counselling I deal with

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Fees

£55.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

I initially can offer a free 20 minute appointment, on the telephone, so please message me to arrange. This can be in person, but a fee will then apply. This will give us the opportunity to talk through what brings you to counselling, discuss any worries/concerns you may have, as well as talk about the service I provide. 

Sessions are recommended weekly and are 50 minutes in duration. This can be discussed in the initial appointment as I’m aware that everyone’s requirements may be different.

When I work

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Whiteley, Fareham, Hampshire, PO15

Fareham, Hampshire, PO15

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Types of client

Children (0-12)
Young people (13-17)
Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Online platforms

Microsoft Teams

Social

Wendy Dunbar
Wendy Dunbar