BCP Council Area Counsellors
Carolyn is an experienced BACP Accredited Counsellor. She completed her Counselling Diploma at Southampton University and trained as a Humanistic Integrative therapist. Her training was based around Person-Centred, Psychodynamic, TA, Gestalt and Existentialism. Since qualifying she has added CBT, a Masters in NLP and Life Coaching.
She began her work career with children and young people, in schools, Children’s Centre’s and Youth Centre’s. During this time she also worked as part of the Sussed project, a lottery funded scheme, which provided Counselling for young people aged between 16-25 in deprived areas of Poole and Bournemouth.
After 4 years she left and started to work as a Counsellor for a cancer charity at their Centres in Winchester and latterly in Chandlers Ford. She counselled patients and their loved ones through their journey with cancer. She has also seen many clients who are carers for family members in different circumstances including dementia and mental health issues and has her own personal experience of caring for someone.
Whilst working for the cancer charity she created a programme based around the concept of Resilience, to help individuals who had completed cancer treatment, move on with their lives after their experience. In addition, she wrote and ran a variety of workshops for clients and management.
Since qualifying she has run her own private practice and focuses on private clients, EAP referrals, Insurance work, Professional Support work and Critical Incident response. She strongly believes in the individual’s capacity to heal him or herself given the right environment, and her approach has developed over the years, but remains aligned with Humanistic therapy. She attends regular supervision, has professional liability insurance, and completes her yearly CPD with enthusiasm. She is passionate about being a Counsellor and has a genuine desire to help people overcome their problems and live satisfying lives.
Practice Location: Parkstone, Poole, Dorset. BH14 9QG
Types of Counselling:
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Humanistic Integrative Therapy, NLP, Mindfulness, Gestalt.
Mon 2pm-6pm. Wed 10am-12pm. Thurs 10am-6pm. Fri 10am-3.30pm
Parking: Free on road outside
Access: Mobility Impaired Access
Kim is a highly experienced, BACP accredited counsellor with over 16 years experience with a whole range of mental health issues, specialising in anxiety and trauma-based work. Her background is in Management Training and Consulting and worked for several years in a corporate environment.
She has personal experience of older age palliative care therefore a deeper understanding of caring for the elderly. She has also worked with people who care for those with mental health issues as part of her work for Dorset Mind (2002-2012). This brings a particular understanding of the challenges of caring for someone with a severe and enduring mental illness.
She finds her work to be both challenging and rewarding. She works with the Gestalt method of counselling, which is a creative and experiential approach. Gestalt addresses the individual’s experience in the present moment and aims to help each client achieve wholeness by integrating the emotional, intellectual, physical and spiritual aspects of self through the development of awareness. This method encourages a sense of inner peace and wholeness.
She is also fully qualified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing) which is used to help recovery from traumatic incidents.
Practice Location: Knighton Heath, Bournemouth BH11 8NT
Types of Counselling: Humanistic, Integrative, Gestalt, EMDR.
Availability: Monday – Thursday 8.30am – 8.30pm
Parking: Free parking on road outside
Access: No mobility impaired access
Shannon is an accredited member of the BACP and has worked in a variety of therapeutic roles since qualifying as a counsellor in 2003. In addition to being a counsellor, she is a fully qualified Montessori Nursery Teacher.
She has worked in a variety of settings, which has been invaluable in enabling her to develop professionally, becoming a skilled, conscientious and empathic clinician. She is committed to providing clients with a professional, supportive, confidential service: onward referral, if required, and information on local agencies able to provide on-going support relevant to her client’s needs.
Working from home, the majority of her caseload is generated from her work as an affiliate for several EAP providers, offering face-to-face, short-term counselling using the ‘Brief Model’. Additionally she provides Psychological First Aid when attending on-sites/critical incidents.
She works according to regulated codes of practice and ethics. She is experienced in working with children, adolescents, adults and couples with all types of presenting issues including abuse, workplace conflicts, domestic violence, bereavement support, financial & legal, debt, gambling, gender issues, OCD, chronic illness and personality disorders.
Until recently she was a registered carer, so she understands first-hand the daily ‘ups and downs’ of caring for a loved one. The responsibilities involved, and the personal sacrifices required, are something she is all too familiar with.
Practice Location: Winton, Bournemouth BH3 7LX
Types of Counselling:
Mainly person-centred/transpersonal, according to her client’s individual needs.
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday from 9 – 6:30pm & some Fridays from 9 – 12pm
Parking: Forecourt & Roadside
Access: Mobility Impaired Access, no wheelchair access
Dorset Council Counsellors
Ros has 25 years’ experience as a therapist using a range of approaches tailored to suit her clients’ needs and works with all presentations. She sees clients in Dorchester, Bridport and Yeovil.
She works with and supports carers for the elderly, those with long term ill health (such as MS or chronic physical conditions), those caring for people with deteriorating, recurring and progressive conditions and for disabled family members as well as with family members of those with special needs.
Much of her recent work has been with partners of, or carers for people with dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease.
She works integratively using Cognitive Behavioural, Psychodynamic ,Humanist, Existential,and Gestalt approaches and also using art therapy and works in both time limited and longer term therapeutic contexts. The strength of the integrative model is that some types of therapy work better with certain problems than others and it enables the therapist to work flexibly with the client to find the best solution. She takes referrals from insurance companies and does a considerable amount of work with Employee Counselling Services (EAPs).
She has worked in an NHS setting since 1995 which has given her experience of working with all types of problems and conditions. She works with couples as well as individuals.
Conditions Treated: Abuse, Addictions, Anxiety, Asperger Syndrome, Bereavement, Cancer, Depression, Eating disorders, Health related issues, Infertility, Loss, Obsessions, Personal Development, Phobias, Relationships, Self Esteem, Self Harm, Stress, Trauma, Women’s Issues, Work related issues.
BRIDPORT DT6 5HT
Relate, Inspirations, 2 Business Centre, Poundbury, DORCHESTER DT1 3WA
Types of Counselling:
Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Gestalt, Art Therapy
Bridport – Monday (daytime and evening) & Tuesday daytime
Dorchester – Tuesday 3.30pm – 8.30pm.
Yeovil – Wednesday – Friday (daytime & evening)
Bridport – Free parking on adjacent road
Dorchester – At premises
Access: Mobility Impaired access at Bridport, Dorchester & Yeovil
Sharon qualified as a Therapeutic Counsellor in 2006 and is Accredited and Registered with The BACP. She started her private practice in 2007 and also has clinics in the NHS as a Senior High Intensity Counsellor. She specialises in Counselling for Depression (CfD) and supervises other therapists.
She trained in London and the South West and her work to date includes counselling in Women’s Refuge, Further and Higher Education and Employment Assistance Programmes. She has facilitated ‘Pattern Changing’ courses for women who have experienced domestic abuse and designed and facilitated personal and social development programmes for 16-24yr olds (Dorset County Council).
She understands that caring for others can be relentless and you may ignore or dismiss the importance of your own feelings and needs. Learning to recognise and manage the signs, symptoms and triggers of stress can improve your relationships and your emotional and physical wellbeing. Her compassion-focussed approach can help you to strengthen your resources. You can learn to be less self-critical, decrease feelings of anxiety, shame or guilt and increase a sense of calm and confidence.
If you feel confused, isolated or that life is getting on top of you, Sharon can provide you with some breathing space where you can slow things down and make some sense of what you are experiencing. Gaining this clarity can leave you feeling more in control of your life and better able to adapt to change and make difficult, and sometimes emotional decisions.
Whether you are looking for coping strategies or a calm, reflective space that’s just for you, sharing your experiences and being truly heard can be an empowering and life changing process.
Practice Location: Chickerell, Weymouth, Dorset, DT3 4NT
Types of Counselling:
Sharon is an integrative counsellor and draws upon different models of therapies to suit individual needs.
Availability: Monday 9am-6pm, Tuesday 2pm-6pm, Friday 9am-6pm.
Parking: Street parking (free)
Access: No Mobility Impaired access
Debby is an experienced accredited Counsellor, Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor. She offers Therapy and Supervision sessions in a safe, accepting environment. She is based in an area of outstanding natural beauty in Dorset. From her consulting room there is a panoramic view of Swanage Bay.
How could Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or Counselling help you? Life is an adventure. When our lives are flowing and we feel connected to others, we are in touch with joy. We have a sense of purpose, we feel loving, and loved.
However, at times we face challenges we fear will overwhelm us, we long for connection, or we may simply feel that we have lost our way in life. At these times it is difficult to navigate your way alone.
We are social beings, and sharing difficulties with a trained, empathic, non-judgmental person who is outside of the situation can help you to cope, and to move forward. Perhaps you are coming to terms with change or loss, or trying to cope with trauma or anxiety? Perhaps you feel you are not following a path that has meaning for you? Perhaps you feel low, or frustrated by recurring difficulties at work, or in relationships? As a carer, you will have your particular difficulties and challenges in your life. Debby can identify with some of those challenges having had her own personal experience of caring for someone.
Would it help to have a space to take time out … to explore, and make sense of, your thoughts and feelings? … to get back on an even keel, and feel that you are moving in the right direction?
Practice Location: Swanage BH19 2DY
Types of Counselling: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Humanistic
Availability: Monday & Wednesday from 9 – 5pm. Evenings on request.
Parking: Roadside (Free)
Access: No Mobility Impaired access
Gail is an accredited member of the BACP and a Humanistic Integrative Counsellor, which simply means that she works with a variety of techniques, depending on my client’s needs, and these techniques are held within a structured framework.
Her focus is to build a strong relationship with her clients to support and contain them through the challenges of the counselling work they choose to do.
She has worked as a counsellor and supervisor for many years with clients who have been bereaved. Her clients have stretched across the age ranges and with all types of loss. She has also worked alongside clients struggling to cope with loved ones who were terminally ill.
She has extensive experience working with survivors of abuse and domestic violence. This includes working with feelings around power and control, the loss of childhood; strong feelings of guilt and shame, low self-esteem and so much more. She has also worked with the challenging field of honour crime.
Gail accepts referrals from individuals and also companies. Her corporate clients include HM Armed Forces, the Police and Social Services.
She is an experienced Clinical Supervisor for a Dorset based charity.
CRANBORNE (Wimborne) BH21 5PN
Types of Counselling: Humanistic, Integrative, EMDR, Gestalt
CRANBORNE: Tuesday: Daytime and Evening
CRANBORNE: Private Driveway
No Mobility Impaired Access