Sometimes things happen out the blue which can throw life into turmoil. Other times day-to-day life can become unbearable and it is hard to see a way forward.
Wherever you find yourself, counselling can help to give you a space to explore what is happening and its impact on you. Together we can work towards getting you where you want to be.
“I want to thank you for your help in the last year; your true support and fair treatment. Very rarely have I not felt judged or shamed talking about myself. You have helped me understand myself; the hurt and sadness I carry with me. I feel every day I let a bit of it go. And with that, the world is a little sweeter, warmer and my thoughts maybe kinder”
Will it work?
Most people claim to appreciate the outcome from their therapy. Although, as with many things, outcomes vary from person to person dependent on their situation and goals.
Research has shown that regardless of approach, the most important factor in the “success” of therapy is the working relationship between counsellor and client. With this in mind, hopefully we are the people who can help you.
We believe everybody is unique, as is the situation that brings them to counselling. Our initial aim is to understand who you are, why you've come to see us, and what it is you would like to get from counselling.
Whilst we all have the ability to change, sometimes we think, believe or behave in a way which prevents us from realising that potential. You may feel stuck. You may feel like you're going round in circles. Together we can identify these blockages and work on removing them so you can move forward.
We are a product of our past, and things may have happened to you which have greatly affected you. We cannot go back and change those events, however together we can explore their impact on you, and look at how you choose to take them forward.
Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Exhaustion, Anger, Self-esteem, Bereavement, Loss, Relationship issues, Living with illness, Caring, Guilt, and Trauma amongst many other conditions.
If what you're struggling with is not on this list, please contact us and ask how we can help you.
We won't make you lie on a couch.
We won't scribble notes and say “Hmmm”.
We won't prescribe a set of “exercises”.
We will listen.
We will help.
We will work with you.
My therapist will know what I’m thinking.
I'll be encouraged to blame my parents or childhood experiences.
Therapy will quickly fix all of my problems.
Talking to someone who doesn’t know me won’t help.
I will have to lie on a sofa.
My therapist might judge me.
Counselling takes forever.
Counselling is only for crazy people.
Counselling is only for problems that are severe.
Everyone will know I'm seeing a counsellor.
My counsellor will draw out my deep dark secrets.
Seeking counselling is a sign of weakness.
I am a counsellor, qualified in Humanistic Counselling based on Transactional Analysis and in Young Persons' Counselling, and certified to practise since 2014. Coming originally from a background in leadership and management, I am passionate about human growth and development and helping to enable this in others.
I support clients of all age groups, with a range of presenting issues and personal development needs. These include:
As a Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, I adhere to their Ethical Framework, to provide a safe and supportive space for clients to explore their needs. With all clients, I aim to build a collaborative relationship to produce positive outcomes, whether we work together in the short, or longer term.
Sessions will be £50 and last for 50 Minutes.
Block bookings of six sessions are £250 (£225 for counselling students).
All fees are payable in advance.
Cancellations, with no charge, require a minimum of two business days' notice.
An initial, free half hour telephone consultation is provided. Simply Email me your preferred number and I will call you at an agreed time.
I offer a confidential, warm and welcoming space, where you can talk freely about your issues without judgement or criticism.
Through building a trusting and collaborative relationship we can work together with the issues you bring and find understanding of the thoughts, feelings and behaviours that you are experiencing.
Counselling will give you the opportunity to pause, breathe, reflect, and be heard. An opportunity which can bring about greater understanding and self-awareness, fresh perspective, and a stronger sense of self.
I find that words often fail us – we cannot find the words to really express the spectrum of emotions we are feeling. Therefore, occasionally, with your permission and with your comfort level being the most important thing to me, I may introduce a creative way of working.
Working creatively may mean using stones, shells, drawings or small objects to bring a different focus to our work which may enable us to gain alternative valuable insights that support your healing.
Each 50-minute session is charged at £50
I offer one-to-one counselling to young people (11+) and adults facing issues such as anxiety, depression, low self esteem, relationship difficulties, grief and more.
Therapy with me is an opportunity to explore and better understand yourself, grow in confidence and tap into inner resources.
I believe we are all our own experts, and by placing you - the client - at the centre of our work together, I hope to empower you with a deeper awareness of your unique potential and open up the possibility for positive change.
I have experience of working with children and young people (11+) within an agency setting, as a school counsellor and as a college counsellor. I have also worked with adults within an agency setting.
When working with children and young people, I often bring more creative methods into the therapy room. Children relate to the world in very different ways; through play, art and creativity, I help them explore their feelings and tell their unique stories.
If you’re an adult who loves to be creative, we can work with that too!
My work is primarily rooted in the person-centred approach: a talking therapy that puts you - the client - at the centre of the counselling relationship. I also integrate aspects of psychodynamic and CBT therapies into my work; in this way my counselling is tailored to each individual client; it’s as unique as you are.
Deciding to try counselling can feel like a big step, but if you would like more information please drop me an email or give me a call. I would usually suggest an initial session in which you can ask questions, explore how we might work together and most importantly get a feel for me as a counsellor. Finding the right therapist to work with is key, so that first session is your opportunity to make sure it works for you. I offer weekly 50 minute sessions, and can work both short or long term, depending on your individual needs.
I look forward to working with you.
Each 50-minute session is charged at £50
I’m a qualified Humanistic Gestalt Counsellor and a member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy.
I offer one to one counselling for as little or as much time as you may need. I can’t provide all of the answers but I can sit beside you, listen and work with you to help you explore your issues and move forward.
I am a great believer in the mental health benefits of walking side by side exploring issues in natural surroundings and also offer outdoor walk and talk therapy as an alternative to sessions held within the counselling room.
Each 50-minute session is charged at £45
If you have any questions not covered above, or would like to take the next step, please get in touch. We understand this can be a daunting thing to do, there is a contact form here which will send an email, or you can give us a call. If we cannot get to the phone, please do leave a message stating a contact number and some convenient times for us to call you back.
Once we've had a brief chat and confirmed a few details, we can arrange for you to come in for your first session. At this time we'll discuss why you're here, go through the paperwork, and most importantly see if we're someone you'd like to work with. It's important that you feel comfortable with us for the process to be effective.
Sessions with me are £50 and are 50 minutes long. Other members of the team may have different rates, please see their individual information for details.
Due to the fact that every client is different, that is a very hard question to answer, but ultimately it is down to you. Where possible, we recommend that you come at the same time every week as continuity in the work really helps. Hopefully the work will progress well and therapy will come to a natural conclusion when you feel you have got what you need.
Sometimes, it is not that straight forward and you might discover difficulties or other areas you wish to work on, in which case the therapy can continue for as long as you wish it to.
Financial or time restraints are understandable, and sometimes inevitable, and may put restrictions on the number of sessions you are able to attend.
Bearing all this in mind, we would suggest a review every six weeks to discuss how you feel the work is going and whether you wish to continue, but it is entirely up to you and you are free to stop therapy at any time.
This has been a much debated topic, so to answer we are going to refer you to the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy:
“Counselling and psychotherapy are umbrella terms that cover a range of talking therapies. They are delivered by trained practitioners who work with people over the short or long term to help them bring about effective change or enhance their wellbeing.
Counselling and psychotherapy are services sought by clients to help them resolve emotional, psychological and relationship issues within a context of confidentiality and clear ethical boundaries using evidence-based interventions to foster long-term recovery, increased resilience and wellbeing.
BACP sees no evidence of any difference between the functions of counselling and psychotherapy”
We are based on a farm on the main road between Basingstoke and Newbury (don’t worry you won’t need wellies!). For a map, bus routes and directions by car please see here
Yes. There is parking close to our offices.
Our premises are on the first floor. There is a flight of stairs and unfortunately there is no lift.
01256 962 775
Pitt Hall Farm,
Ramsdell, Basingstoke, Hants, RG26 5RJ
The Link bus between Newbury and Basingstoke stops right outside the farm. Please take care crossing or walking alongside the A339, it is very busy and fast. For a timetable see bustimes.org.uk.
By car from Basingstoke:
Come along the A339.
Approximately 3 miles after you leave Basingstoke, there is a blind right hand bend at the top of a rise. As you come down the other side you will see farm buildings on both sides of the road.
Please turn right into the farm yard where the road is painted red.
By car from Newbury:
Come along the A339.
Approximately 3 miles south of Kingsclere you will see farm buildings on both sides of the road.
Please turn left into the farm yard where the road is painted red.
Once in the yard - You will see a sign for Kingsclere Counselling Service on the end of a building in front of you. Please come through the brown door in the side of this building and proceed up the stairs where you will find our office at the top.