Female Counselling in Portsmouth, ENG

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Lisa Duff
Psychotherapist, MA, BACP
Verified Verified
Portsmouth PO3
I am a fully qualified and insured psychotherapist and a member of the BACP. I  use a variety of therapeutic modalities, including CBT and DBT. I work with a tailored approach that will meet my clients individual needs,  thus meaning that rooted in my belief is that everybody has the capacity for self growth. My goal is to empower my clients to build resilience, develop coping skills and achieve their personal and emotional wellbeing. I am dedicated to my work and have a passion to work collaboratively with my clients to get them to a place they desire. I specialise in addiction and trauma.
I am a fully qualified and insured psychotherapist and a member of the BACP. I  use a variety of therapeutic modalities, including CBT and DBT. I work with a tailored approach that will meet my clients individual needs,  thus meaning that rooted in my belief is that everybody has the capacity for self growth. My goal is to empower my clients to build resilience, develop coping skills and achieve their personal and emotional wellbeing. I am dedicated to my work and have a passion to work collaboratively with my clients to get them to a place they desire. I specialise in addiction and trauma.
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Sadia Karmalkar
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Portsmouth PO2  (Online Only)
Hi I am Sadia, a Therapist, however, I am first and foremost a human being - something I really try to allow to come across during sessions. I know seeking support for your mental health can feel like a step into the unknown, so if you are looking for the right support tailored to your unique needs and to just make sense of things that are just perhaps not making sense right now, then get in touch. We can work together to put your knowledge of yourself you and what I know about CBT, to find a way to take steps forward in the next direction your life wants to go in.
Hi I am Sadia, a Therapist, however, I am first and foremost a human being - something I really try to allow to come across during sessions. I know seeking support for your mental health can feel like a step into the unknown, so if you are looking for the right support tailored to your unique needs and to just make sense of things that are just perhaps not making sense right now, then get in touch. We can work together to put your knowledge of yourself you and what I know about CBT, to find a way to take steps forward in the next direction your life wants to go in.
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Elizabeth Sakutukwa
Psychotherapist, PsychD, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Portsmouth PO1
I am a BABCP registered Psychotherapist. It is my goal to facilitate and communicate with my clients as best as they can to uncover the essence of concerning issues and those that may arise. These issues can be challenging and overwhelming. My experience has shown that using a non-judgmental, open and honest approach enables clients to understand themselves and their lives better after understanding how to communicate. This skill begins on day one of therapy and can be applied to various life situations. I am honored to hear clients speak about what matters to them most, and to help them reach their full potential.
I am a BABCP registered Psychotherapist. It is my goal to facilitate and communicate with my clients as best as they can to uncover the essence of concerning issues and those that may arise. These issues can be challenging and overwhelming. My experience has shown that using a non-judgmental, open and honest approach enables clients to understand themselves and their lives better after understanding how to communicate. This skill begins on day one of therapy and can be applied to various life situations. I am honored to hear clients speak about what matters to them most, and to help them reach their full potential.
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peacefulminds-counselling service
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Portsmouth PO3
I embrace and believe as a Humanistic counsellor that all people have inherent worth and deserve respect and sensitivity. I hold faith that over time, we all have an innate tendency to move forward realizing our potential for growth, understanding and acceptance. I believe that we are all organically creative and highly individual and we all have the right to experience emotional challenges in our own way and in our own time-eventually resulting in psychological wellness and/or acceptance and my hope - inner peace.
I embrace and believe as a Humanistic counsellor that all people have inherent worth and deserve respect and sensitivity. I hold faith that over time, we all have an innate tendency to move forward realizing our potential for growth, understanding and acceptance. I believe that we are all organically creative and highly individual and we all have the right to experience emotional challenges in our own way and in our own time-eventually resulting in psychological wellness and/or acceptance and my hope - inner peace.
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Martha Espin
Psychologist, MSc, GMBPsS
Verified Verified
Portsmouth PO2  (Online Only)
I get it, life can get overwhelming sometimes. You feel unwell and don't know where to start. You can't put your finger on anything because everything seems like a lot right now: Family, relationships, self-esteem, worry, insecurities, work... nothing feels good anymore. You feel lost and sometimes don't really know what to do. You might struggle to enjoy the things you used to or simply have a good time with friends. Sometimes you might feel ridden by anxiety, worry and overthinking, which makes you question literally everything and you feel exhausted!
I get it, life can get overwhelming sometimes. You feel unwell and don't know where to start. You can't put your finger on anything because everything seems like a lot right now: Family, relationships, self-esteem, worry, insecurities, work... nothing feels good anymore. You feel lost and sometimes don't really know what to do. You might struggle to enjoy the things you used to or simply have a good time with friends. Sometimes you might feel ridden by anxiety, worry and overthinking, which makes you question literally everything and you feel exhausted!
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Wellbeing Counselling
Counsellor, MSc
Verified Verified
Portsmouth PO3  (Online Only)
I provide a safe space where you can be heard and understood. Together we can then try to make sense of your situation and create an action plan moving forward, for you to develop a positive mindset and feel empowered in your life. I bring the human element into sessions, I want you to feel comfortable to express your thoughts and feelings and be yourself, this will help you get more out of your counselling sessions. I use a variety of therapeutic techniques, such as cognitive behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, psychodynamic therapy and humanistic therapy.
I provide a safe space where you can be heard and understood. Together we can then try to make sense of your situation and create an action plan moving forward, for you to develop a positive mindset and feel empowered in your life. I bring the human element into sessions, I want you to feel comfortable to express your thoughts and feelings and be yourself, this will help you get more out of your counselling sessions. I use a variety of therapeutic techniques, such as cognitive behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, psychodynamic therapy and humanistic therapy.
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Julie Dickson
Verified Verified
Portsmouth PO2  (Online Only)
Hello. We all have periods in our lives when we experience challenges that impact us emotionally. Past trauma, recent loss or life adjustment, interpersonal conflict, physical ill health or change in social circumstances, for example, can test our psychological coping. We can be left with difficult emotions that overwhelm us and impact on our functioning, sense of self and general outlook. You may be looking for a space for reflection, or wish to work towards specific behavioural goals. Whether your distress is based on the past, present or future, psychological therapy can offer you an opportunity for change and growth.
Hello. We all have periods in our lives when we experience challenges that impact us emotionally. Past trauma, recent loss or life adjustment, interpersonal conflict, physical ill health or change in social circumstances, for example, can test our psychological coping. We can be left with difficult emotions that overwhelm us and impact on our functioning, sense of self and general outlook. You may be looking for a space for reflection, or wish to work towards specific behavioural goals. Whether your distress is based on the past, present or future, psychological therapy can offer you an opportunity for change and growth.
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Your Counselling Path
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MBACP
Verified Verified
Portsmouth PO2
Hi. My name is Krystyna. I am a counsellor who helps people who have experienced traumatic life events to break free from fear (anxiety) and build happy, full of contentment lives. I am fluent in English and Polish and I am confident to work in either language. As a fully qualified and experienced counsellor I can work effectively in a short-term solution-based therapy, (up to twelve sessions) or open-ended counselling, whereby the sessions are paced in line with clients' need and readiness to embrace positive change.
Hi. My name is Krystyna. I am a counsellor who helps people who have experienced traumatic life events to break free from fear (anxiety) and build happy, full of contentment lives. I am fluent in English and Polish and I am confident to work in either language. As a fully qualified and experienced counsellor I can work effectively in a short-term solution-based therapy, (up to twelve sessions) or open-ended counselling, whereby the sessions are paced in line with clients' need and readiness to embrace positive change.
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Dr Jacinta Murphy-O'Sullivan
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Portsmouth PO6  (Online Only)
Are your worries overwhelming, your thoughts snowballing, can't relax or feel like you don't recognise yourself anymore? Major life events or a stacking up of small life stresses can leave us feeling fatigued, anxious and overwhelmed. You may want to make small changes or you want to understand yourself and your past on a deeper level. I specialise in anxiety, maternal mental health, psychosis, personality disorder and ADHD but the label or diagnosis does not matter, I work with your experience of these things. I also do assessments for Autism as part of a team.
Are your worries overwhelming, your thoughts snowballing, can't relax or feel like you don't recognise yourself anymore? Major life events or a stacking up of small life stresses can leave us feeling fatigued, anxious and overwhelmed. You may want to make small changes or you want to understand yourself and your past on a deeper level. I specialise in anxiety, maternal mental health, psychosis, personality disorder and ADHD but the label or diagnosis does not matter, I work with your experience of these things. I also do assessments for Autism as part of a team.
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Sadie Were
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Portsmouth PO4  (Online Only)
Hi! My name is Sadie and it's very important to me that therapy is a collaborative process in which we both work together to ensure you feel heard, safe and have an open space for you to explore your difficulties and meet your goals in a way that feels manageable. My goal as your therapist is to make sense of what has brought you to treatment, to understand where you are stuck and for us together to think about what you need to feel able to move forward. Therapy is an active process where we work together as a team and I want to ensure we find a way to enable you to move closer towards living the life you want for yourself.
Hi! My name is Sadie and it's very important to me that therapy is a collaborative process in which we both work together to ensure you feel heard, safe and have an open space for you to explore your difficulties and meet your goals in a way that feels manageable. My goal as your therapist is to make sense of what has brought you to treatment, to understand where you are stuck and for us together to think about what you need to feel able to move forward. Therapy is an active process where we work together as a team and I want to ensure we find a way to enable you to move closer towards living the life you want for yourself.
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Joanna Mead
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Portsmouth PO4
The approach I first trained in and like to use the most is an integrative model called the Relational approach. This approach incorporates both humanistic and psychodynamic elememts which means it retains the warmth of the humanistic models which focus on empathy and building trust, and the Freudian concepts of the unconcious mind and transference. I work best with clients who are willing to explore how they relate to people, by examining what is going on in our relationship during therapy. I really enjoy working with clients who have issues around relationships and attachment, and find this work both interesting and rewarding.
The approach I first trained in and like to use the most is an integrative model called the Relational approach. This approach incorporates both humanistic and psychodynamic elememts which means it retains the warmth of the humanistic models which focus on empathy and building trust, and the Freudian concepts of the unconcious mind and transference. I work best with clients who are willing to explore how they relate to people, by examining what is going on in our relationship during therapy. I really enjoy working with clients who have issues around relationships and attachment, and find this work both interesting and rewarding.
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The Haven Child Psychology Practice
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Portsmouth PO4
I am a highly experienced chartered Clinical Psychologist, specialising in children and adolescent mental health and family/systemic intervention. I have worked across the NHS and independent sector for over 15 years and use evidence-based practice across the lifespan of treatment, supporting clients whose experiences reflect the full range of severity and complexity of mental health.
I am a highly experienced chartered Clinical Psychologist, specialising in children and adolescent mental health and family/systemic intervention. I have worked across the NHS and independent sector for over 15 years and use evidence-based practice across the lifespan of treatment, supporting clients whose experiences reflect the full range of severity and complexity of mental health.
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Embrace Children,Young People and Family Services
Psychotherapist
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Portsmouth PO6
At Embrace, we provide compassionate and professional support services for children, young people, and families. Our team of expert associates are dedicated to helping individuals and families overcome difficulties with challenging behaviour, adolescent relationships, transitions, anxiety, and low mood. All clinical interventions are delivered by a qualified and experienced PG Certified Psychotherapist. Our approach is tailored to the unique needs of each individual or situation and we strive to create a safe and supportive environment for our clients.
At Embrace, we provide compassionate and professional support services for children, young people, and families. Our team of expert associates are dedicated to helping individuals and families overcome difficulties with challenging behaviour, adolescent relationships, transitions, anxiety, and low mood. All clinical interventions are delivered by a qualified and experienced PG Certified Psychotherapist. Our approach is tailored to the unique needs of each individual or situation and we strive to create a safe and supportive environment for our clients.
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Maggie Alice Cole
Verified Verified
Portsmouth PO6
I work as a high intensity therapist currently for the military and in private practice . I treat a lot of trauma , anxiety ,depression and phobias as well as panic disorder , generalised anxiety disorder , Post Traumatic Stress Disorder , childhood abuse , chronic fatigue syndrome and OCD. I have experience also in working with Psychosis. I work with people in a compassionate focussed way focussed on their goals for treatment . Therapy is always geared to the clients goals and what they want /need to be different , this is reviewed regularly in therapy to ensure we are still working towards the goals that the client identified.
I work as a high intensity therapist currently for the military and in private practice . I treat a lot of trauma , anxiety ,depression and phobias as well as panic disorder , generalised anxiety disorder , Post Traumatic Stress Disorder , childhood abuse , chronic fatigue syndrome and OCD. I have experience also in working with Psychosis. I work with people in a compassionate focussed way focussed on their goals for treatment . Therapy is always geared to the clients goals and what they want /need to be different , this is reviewed regularly in therapy to ensure we are still working towards the goals that the client identified.
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Elena Gava
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Portsmouth PO1  (Online Only)
Hi I'm an integrative counsellor, specialising working with a range of issues including high functioning anxiety, emotional distress, work issues, perfectionism, all- or nothing thinking, OCD, confidence & self-esteem, relationship issues, people pleasing those who struggle maintain healthy boundaries, The focus, for me, is on the client’s experience of their life and potentially working through the areas that may feel stuck, due to impact of strong inner critic or guilt as a result of difficult issues maybe from childhood abuse, neglect ect.. or negative experience what prevent client to live a life that is more meaningful for you.
Hi I'm an integrative counsellor, specialising working with a range of issues including high functioning anxiety, emotional distress, work issues, perfectionism, all- or nothing thinking, OCD, confidence & self-esteem, relationship issues, people pleasing those who struggle maintain healthy boundaries, The focus, for me, is on the client’s experience of their life and potentially working through the areas that may feel stuck, due to impact of strong inner critic or guilt as a result of difficult issues maybe from childhood abuse, neglect ect.. or negative experience what prevent client to live a life that is more meaningful for you.
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Fresh Start Psychological Services Ltd
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Portsmouth PO3
With previous extensive NHS experience as a therapist, supervisor, and manager, I am a very passionate, compassionate, authentic, and experienced childhood trauma specialist. I specialize in early life trauma and any other forms of PSTD/trauma. I work with both adults & children (from 13 years old), struggling with all forms of anxiety and depression. Therapy can really help alleviate distressing symptoms and find a better way of managing difficult situations. It may be that anxiety has triggered difficult memories and caused depression symptoms. I use an individualized approach delivered with compassion and understanding
With previous extensive NHS experience as a therapist, supervisor, and manager, I am a very passionate, compassionate, authentic, and experienced childhood trauma specialist. I specialize in early life trauma and any other forms of PSTD/trauma. I work with both adults & children (from 13 years old), struggling with all forms of anxiety and depression. Therapy can really help alleviate distressing symptoms and find a better way of managing difficult situations. It may be that anxiety has triggered difficult memories and caused depression symptoms. I use an individualized approach delivered with compassion and understanding
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www.juliepikecounselling.co.uk
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Portsmouth PO2
Based in Hilsea Portsmouth Work face to face, online & phone BA(Hons)Humanistic Counsellor BACP Accredited 17 years I work in a building at the end of my garden which is very quiet & peaceful. .....Sessions are an hour, I work short & long term. I'm a Humanistic counsellor who works eclectically, also with CBT, dreams and creatively. .......I work with addictions, drug, alcohol, gambling etc. I also work with other addictions & phobias. I may offer concessions to young adults.
Based in Hilsea Portsmouth Work face to face, online & phone BA(Hons)Humanistic Counsellor BACP Accredited 17 years I work in a building at the end of my garden which is very quiet & peaceful. .....Sessions are an hour, I work short & long term. I'm a Humanistic counsellor who works eclectically, also with CBT, dreams and creatively. .......I work with addictions, drug, alcohol, gambling etc. I also work with other addictions & phobias. I may offer concessions to young adults.
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Anchors of Change Counselling Service
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portsmouth PO1
Hi, I am Maria and I am a Registered Psychotherapist (MBACP) and Person-Centred Counsellor with over 10 years experience of working within mental health. I work with adults from the age of 18 years old. I know that seeking counselling can be a daunting process, however, I offer a warm, supportive, and non-judgemental space where we can explore any issues that could be preventing you from living a more fulfilling life. My years of training and experience in becoming a counsellor have taught me that each client is unique with their own perspective and understanding of the problem and their recovery.
Hi, I am Maria and I am a Registered Psychotherapist (MBACP) and Person-Centred Counsellor with over 10 years experience of working within mental health. I work with adults from the age of 18 years old. I know that seeking counselling can be a daunting process, however, I offer a warm, supportive, and non-judgemental space where we can explore any issues that could be preventing you from living a more fulfilling life. My years of training and experience in becoming a counsellor have taught me that each client is unique with their own perspective and understanding of the problem and their recovery.
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Naomi Best
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portsmouth PO1
Friendly, professional and effective counselling for anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, relationship and family issues, bereavement and more. Whether you are struggling with difficult life events, looking for help in understanding your feelings or want to explore what makes you tick, I can work collaboratively with you towards your goals. Within a confidential, welcoming and safe space, my flexible approach is led by your individual needs to help you feel better. Together we can identify patterns of thoughts, feelings or behaviours. Knowing why we respond in a certain way is the start of choosing to do things differently.
Friendly, professional and effective counselling for anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, relationship and family issues, bereavement and more. Whether you are struggling with difficult life events, looking for help in understanding your feelings or want to explore what makes you tick, I can work collaboratively with you towards your goals. Within a confidential, welcoming and safe space, my flexible approach is led by your individual needs to help you feel better. Together we can identify patterns of thoughts, feelings or behaviours. Knowing why we respond in a certain way is the start of choosing to do things differently.
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Greenleaves Psychological Services
Psychotherapist, MA, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Portsmouth PO6  (Online Only)
Your life has taken a direction you did not choose: someone hurt you, or you have developed a physical health problem. You have tried hard to ignore your suffering until you can’t do it anymore. Things that used to be easy now feel impossible. You don’t recognise yourself anymore and you know you cannot carry on like this. This has left you feeling depressed, stressed, angry or even scared. You want to feel less overwhelmed and more in control. You want to go back to the person you once were, or maybe even find out who YOU are. But mostly you just want to be seen and heard and know that someone is on your side.
Your life has taken a direction you did not choose: someone hurt you, or you have developed a physical health problem. You have tried hard to ignore your suffering until you can’t do it anymore. Things that used to be easy now feel impossible. You don’t recognise yourself anymore and you know you cannot carry on like this. This has left you feeling depressed, stressed, angry or even scared. You want to feel less overwhelmed and more in control. You want to go back to the person you once were, or maybe even find out who YOU are. But mostly you just want to be seen and heard and know that someone is on your side.
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Female Counsellors

Does it matter what gender my therapist is?

In general, this is not an important factor, as there is no relationship between a therapist’s gender and their efficacy. Some clients, however, prefer to see therapists of a particular gender, whether due to their own past experiences with men and women, or ingrained beliefs about how people of different genders think and behave. Exploring the roots of such preferences and considering what one wants to address in therapy can help someone determine whether their therapist’s gender truly matters to them.

Should I see a female therapist?

Many people—not just women—prefer to see a female therapist, either because they believe that a woman will be able to relate to their specific challenges (for example, sexism in the workplace) or because they imagine feeling more comfortable disclosing sensitive information to a woman. Such beliefs may not turn out to be accurate, however, and adhering too rigidly to a gender preference can at times hinder a client from finding the best therapeutic match.

Do therapists get specific training to help with women’s concerns?

Therapists are trained to provide care to clients of any gender. However, some therapists—both men and women—may pursue additional training in feminist therapy, gender-specific issues, or women’s mental health. Female clients may wish to ask prospective therapists whether they have received specific training in the client’s primary area(s) of concern, or whether they have worked extensively with women on issues similar to their own.

How can I inquire about a therapist’s experience in treating women?

It’s OK—even encouraged!—to ask a therapist directly whether and how often they have treated women in the past, or whether they have treated women dealing with the client’s most prominent concern(s). Competent therapists will be happy to share their educational background, preferred treatment modalities, and prior client experience to help an individual find the therapist best suited to their needs.