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Elena Gava
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Portsmouth PO1  (Online Only)
Hello and thank for visiting my profile, It takes a lot of courage to contact a therapist and take that first step. You might be experiencing stress, depression, loss, anxiety or confidence relationships or any other types of problems that can affect our lives on a daily basis. Working together, we will explore your challenges and discover new ways of moving forward with self-compassion and acceptance.  I am non-judgemental and respectful, by taking great care and creating a space that you feel comfortable to express yourself, explore your thoughts and feelings of what is impacting your life – to see issues through your eyes.
Hello and thank for visiting my profile, It takes a lot of courage to contact a therapist and take that first step. You might be experiencing stress, depression, loss, anxiety or confidence relationships or any other types of problems that can affect our lives on a daily basis. Working together, we will explore your challenges and discover new ways of moving forward with self-compassion and acceptance.  I am non-judgemental and respectful, by taking great care and creating a space that you feel comfortable to express yourself, explore your thoughts and feelings of what is impacting your life – to see issues through your eyes.
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Anchors of Change Counselling Service
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
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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Elizabeth Sakutukwa
Psychotherapist, PsychD, MBABCP
Verified Verified
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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Naomi Best
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
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.
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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Holly-Jane Thurgood, Optimism Therapy Services
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Portsmouth PO1  (Online Only)
I offer accredited psychotherapy to teenagers & adults nationwide. I am also the founder and lead therapist of Optimism. My approach is friendly and collaborative and based on the latest evidence of successful therapy approaches. I am an experienced and highly trained mental health professional and accredited CBT & EMDR psychological therapist. I have over 15 years of military healthcare experience delivering care in the UK and whilst deployed on operations in Afghanistan and in maritime environments. I have expert experience in delivering psychotherapy to Veterans, Service Personnel and those working for the Emergency Services.
I offer accredited psychotherapy to teenagers & adults nationwide. I am also the founder and lead therapist of Optimism. My approach is friendly and collaborative and based on the latest evidence of successful therapy approaches. I am an experienced and highly trained mental health professional and accredited CBT & EMDR psychological therapist. I have over 15 years of military healthcare experience delivering care in the UK and whilst deployed on operations in Afghanistan and in maritime environments. I have expert experience in delivering psychotherapy to Veterans, Service Personnel and those working for the Emergency Services.
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Stephen Burt
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
You may be wondering why you do some of the things you do, things that may be harmful to yourself or others, or that keep bringing you back to square one. Perhaps you feel lonely, even when you are with other people, or stuck in the process of making a difficult decision or transition. You may be struggling with depression or anxiety, or feel stressed and find it hard to relax. Whatever your reason for ending up at my page, your being here shows that you have, at the very least, a glimmer of hope that things could be better, and a sense that you need someone to help you on your journey.
You may be wondering why you do some of the things you do, things that may be harmful to yourself or others, or that keep bringing you back to square one. Perhaps you feel lonely, even when you are with other people, or stuck in the process of making a difficult decision or transition. You may be struggling with depression or anxiety, or feel stressed and find it hard to relax. Whatever your reason for ending up at my page, your being here shows that you have, at the very least, a glimmer of hope that things could be better, and a sense that you need someone to help you on your journey.
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Gemma Evans Counselling
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
Hello. I'm Gemma, a qualified and registered Counsellor. I offer one-to-one counselling to adults from my private practice in Hedge End, Southampton. If you're here, chances are you're looking for help...You may be struggling with a personal issue and feeling that something has to change. You might be feeling anxious and alone with your problem and wondering if anyone will understand. Maybe a recent loss or life change has left you feeling like you cannot cope. Or perhaps experiences from your past are affecting your ability to live your life fully today.
Hello. I'm Gemma, a qualified and registered Counsellor. I offer one-to-one counselling to adults from my private practice in Hedge End, Southampton. If you're here, chances are you're looking for help...You may be struggling with a personal issue and feeling that something has to change. You might be feeling anxious and alone with your problem and wondering if anyone will understand. Maybe a recent loss or life change has left you feeling like you cannot cope. Or perhaps experiences from your past are affecting your ability to live your life fully today.
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Helen-Melissa Crew
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Are you feeling sad, anxious or stressed? Is life feeling overwhelming or too challenging? Perhaps you are needing help to overcome anxiety, panic attacks, depression, are suffering low self-confidence or are experiencing relationship or family difficulties? Whatever your reason for counselling, whether it's big or small... get in touch to see how I can help. I am a fully qualified BACP Counsellor and Psychotherapist offering a professional, confidential Counselling Service.
Are you feeling sad, anxious or stressed? Is life feeling overwhelming or too challenging? Perhaps you are needing help to overcome anxiety, panic attacks, depression, are suffering low self-confidence or are experiencing relationship or family difficulties? Whatever your reason for counselling, whether it's big or small... get in touch to see how I can help. I am a fully qualified BACP Counsellor and Psychotherapist offering a professional, confidential Counselling Service.
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Kim Hosier
Psychotherapist, MSc, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Not accepting new clients
I am a qualified counsellor, psychotherapist and supervisor. I have helped people with a wide range of issues including relationship difficulties, bereavement, childbirth and depression. I am also experienced in working with adult survivors of sexual and domestic abuse.
I am a qualified counsellor, psychotherapist and supervisor. I have helped people with a wide range of issues including relationship difficulties, bereavement, childbirth and depression. I am also experienced in working with adult survivors of sexual and domestic abuse.
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Catherine Jones
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
I believe I know what matters in building a safe and trusting environment to enable personal change and growth. I have chosen to base my counselling ethos on a Humanistic modality which includes the belief each of us has the ability, drive and autonomy within ourselves to resolve emotional issues, conflicts and life changing events. I also recognise we all need a bit of help and support in times of distress.
I believe I know what matters in building a safe and trusting environment to enable personal change and growth. I have chosen to base my counselling ethos on a Humanistic modality which includes the belief each of us has the ability, drive and autonomy within ourselves to resolve emotional issues, conflicts and life changing events. I also recognise we all need a bit of help and support in times of distress.
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Greenleaves Psychological Services
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Portsmouth PO1  (Online Only)
Your past is something you desperately want to forget. You have done your utmost to push it all out of your mind and just get on with your life. But no matter how hard you try, those awful thoughts and feelings follow you wherever you go, catching you out when you least expect it. You feel trapped, powerless to change any of this. You feel out of control, unable to manage the stress in your body. And every time those images pop into your mind, you feel ashamed and guilty. There is this voice inside you telling you you should have done something more, something else. Then it would have all been different.
Your past is something you desperately want to forget. You have done your utmost to push it all out of your mind and just get on with your life. But no matter how hard you try, those awful thoughts and feelings follow you wherever you go, catching you out when you least expect it. You feel trapped, powerless to change any of this. You feel out of control, unable to manage the stress in your body. And every time those images pop into your mind, you feel ashamed and guilty. There is this voice inside you telling you you should have done something more, something else. Then it would have all been different.
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peacefulminds-counselling service
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
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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Debra Fletcher
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Are you are struggling with a difficult situation in life, feeling stuck perhaps with an issue from the past or present you need to confront. I will provide you the space to explore and better understand what you are dealing with. Whether it be relationship problems, life changes, dilemmas, anxiety, loss depression or low self-esteem, the opportunity this therapeutic relationship presents, having someone to talk to, is a chance for you to hear your voice, your values and opinions, most importantly being listened too.
Are you are struggling with a difficult situation in life, feeling stuck perhaps with an issue from the past or present you need to confront. I will provide you the space to explore and better understand what you are dealing with. Whether it be relationship problems, life changes, dilemmas, anxiety, loss depression or low self-esteem, the opportunity this therapeutic relationship presents, having someone to talk to, is a chance for you to hear your voice, your values and opinions, most importantly being listened too.
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Clare Lay
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
I am a fully qualified Relationship Counsellor and Psychosexual Therapist in private practice, I trained with Relate and a member of the BACP, NCPS and am a Registered Member of COSRT (Regulatory body for sex therapists). At my Private Practice in Hampshire, LinkedUp Counselling (Please see website), I help individual and couple clients with relationship challenges, including communication and intimacy. I also offer therapy called "Single Session Therapy" where it is possible to come along for a slightly longer session and discuss one issue, with more help available if this is not enough.
I am a fully qualified Relationship Counsellor and Psychosexual Therapist in private practice, I trained with Relate and a member of the BACP, NCPS and am a Registered Member of COSRT (Regulatory body for sex therapists). At my Private Practice in Hampshire, LinkedUp Counselling (Please see website), I help individual and couple clients with relationship challenges, including communication and intimacy. I also offer therapy called "Single Session Therapy" where it is possible to come along for a slightly longer session and discuss one issue, with more help available if this is not enough.
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Lisa Badman-Dunphy
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
I am a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor with a wealth of experience within the fields of health and social care. I offer one-to-one therapy online and face to face to those wishing to explore their motivations, anxieties, and the challenges that life presents.
I am a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor with a wealth of experience within the fields of health and social care. I offer one-to-one therapy online and face to face to those wishing to explore their motivations, anxieties, and the challenges that life presents.
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Sinead Mitchell
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
I’m Sinead Mitchell and I’ve been working as a counsellor for the past two decades. Counselling young people, couples and individuals, I work with a wide range of people through the community. Issues such as anxiety, depression, relationships, sexuality, gender issues and menopause are common areas that I support clients through. Working with various therapy styles, including EMDR, Gestalt, Humanistic and Holistic, I aim to match the counselling needs to each individual or couple that I see. My specialism is the field of infertility, pregnancy, birth, early parenting through to perimenopause and menopause.
I’m Sinead Mitchell and I’ve been working as a counsellor for the past two decades. Counselling young people, couples and individuals, I work with a wide range of people through the community. Issues such as anxiety, depression, relationships, sexuality, gender issues and menopause are common areas that I support clients through. Working with various therapy styles, including EMDR, Gestalt, Humanistic and Holistic, I aim to match the counselling needs to each individual or couple that I see. My specialism is the field of infertility, pregnancy, birth, early parenting through to perimenopause and menopause.
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Caroline Allan
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
As a humanistic counsellor I believe that therapy is about self exploration, which can help when you are struggling with your current life, perhaps feeling anxious, overwhelmed, stressed or depressed. I aim to create a relationship with you in which you can feel safe to be fully transparent and talk about difficult or painful experiences, thoughts or feelings. I hope that through a reflective partnership, I can help you become more self aware but with no judgement.
As a humanistic counsellor I believe that therapy is about self exploration, which can help when you are struggling with your current life, perhaps feeling anxious, overwhelmed, stressed or depressed. I aim to create a relationship with you in which you can feel safe to be fully transparent and talk about difficult or painful experiences, thoughts or feelings. I hope that through a reflective partnership, I can help you become more self aware but with no judgement.
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Gaynor Williams
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
I am a highly experienced counsellor and my aim is to create a positive, trusting environment in which I help you to help yourself. I provide a safe and caring professional counselling and psychotherapy service. I am an empathic and approachable person working in a non-judgemental and confidential way. By exploring your past, the causes of present day problems are often revealed. We can't change the past, but we can gain understanding allowing you to relate differently to yourself, others and problems in order to choose to make changes or find acceptance.
I am a highly experienced counsellor and my aim is to create a positive, trusting environment in which I help you to help yourself. I provide a safe and caring professional counselling and psychotherapy service. I am an empathic and approachable person working in a non-judgemental and confidential way. By exploring your past, the causes of present day problems are often revealed. We can't change the past, but we can gain understanding allowing you to relate differently to yourself, others and problems in order to choose to make changes or find acceptance.
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The Haven Child Psychology Practice
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
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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WholeSum Counselling
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Portsmouth PO1  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Hello, thank you for looking at my profile. My name is Nichola, and I am a qualified Gestalt Counsellor; I also have training to utilise the CBT and Humanistic approaches alongside my main modality. Currently, I am offering telephone and online sessions. This will be reviewed regularly. I have familiarity in working with a wide variety of people from different backgrounds, from the ages of 12+. I place individuality at the forefront of my sessions and value autonomy. With this, I also provide a safe, confidential environment that encompasses exploration.
Hello, thank you for looking at my profile. My name is Nichola, and I am a qualified Gestalt Counsellor; I also have training to utilise the CBT and Humanistic approaches alongside my main modality. Currently, I am offering telephone and online sessions. This will be reviewed regularly. I have familiarity in working with a wide variety of people from different backgrounds, from the ages of 12+. I place individuality at the forefront of my sessions and value autonomy. With this, I also provide a safe, confidential environment that encompasses exploration.
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How does your Counsellor compare?

Number of Counsellors in PO1

50+

Average cost per session

£55

Counsellors in PO1 who prioritize treating:

93% Anxiety
89% Depression
89% Self Esteem
87% Stress
80% Relationship Issues
69% Bereavement
67% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

61% AXA PPP
50% Aviva
44% Vitality

How Counsellors in PO1 see their clients

80% In Person and Online
20% Online Only

Gender breakdown

88% Female
12% Male
FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in PO1?

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Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed therapist?

Counsellors and Psychotherapists listed in the directory are members of the main professional associations, mainly the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). Most Psychologists in the directory are accredited members of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and/or are registered in the Health and Care Professions Council (HPCP).

Providers whose professional membership or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Given that professional memberships are not a statutory requirement for psychotherapists and counsellors in the UK, certain qualified professionals or organisations may choose not to maintain such memberships despite possessing the necessary qualifications. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

What’s the difference between a psychologist, a therapist, and a counsellor?

Counsellors, psychotherapists and psychologists can all provide counselling or talking therapy and have credentials and experience that enable them to do so in the UK. Psychologists have earned a degree in psychology and many are members of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and have completed a postgraduate qualification in a specialism. Counsellors and Psychotherapists are not required to have a psychology degree, but to belong to a professional organisation such as the BACP or UKCP, they are required to have completed a training course as well as clinical and supervision hours.

What type of therapy is right for me?

The type of therapy best suited to a particular individual depends on several factors, including their primary reason for seeking therapy, their preferred timeline (some therapy types last for a set number of sessions, while others are open-ended), and their personality and preferences—some may prefer a more structured approach. For many individuals, multiple types of therapy could provide a good fit.

How much does therapy cost?

The cost of therapy depends on a number of variables, including location and the therapist’s experience and training. On average, a therapy session in the UK could be between £30 - £60 when seeing a counsellor and £60 - £150 and up when seeing a clinical psychologist. If you have private insurance, your plan may cover some if not all of your sessions. You should contact your insurance provider to determine if they provide coverage for therapy sessions and to determine what, if any, requirements they might have in order for your sessions to be covered, such as a referral from your GP or medical specialist.

What are more affordable or low cost therapy solutions?

Many therapists offer sliding scale payments, usually on a limited number of slots, which consists in an agreement between the therapist and a client to pay a reduced rate. Therapists who provide such arrangements often consider the client's income or ability to pay, but the extent of the discount is ultimately at the therapist's discretion. Furthermore, while group therapy may have different goals and benefits compared to individual therapy, it can be a more affordable solution to address certain types of issues.

If you are struggling to access therapy due to budget constraints, you could also consider public funded mental health services. The NHS Talking therapies programme offers free of charge counselling for common mental health problems like anxiety and depression. The service is available to anyone registered with a GP, though you do not necessarily need to be referred by your GP and can refer yourself directly to a Talking therapies service. The service will provide different solutions, including group and individual therapy, for a limited number of sessions which are generally up to six.

Is online therapy cheaper than in-person therapy?

Many therapists charge the same amount for online therapy as they do for in-person therapy—though clients may still find this cost-effective if it cuts down on their transportation costs. Health insurance plans often offer equivalent coverage for online and in-person therapy; indeed, in many places, they are legally required to do so. Text-based or on-demand therapy apps may be cheaper than traditional one-on-one psychotherapy; however, the practice may be less effective and is not likely to be covered by insurance.

Is online therapy a good option?

Therapy conducted online can be just as effective as in-person therapy, as long as there is a strong alliance between the client and the therapist. To find a therapist who provides telehealth services to clients in your area, click “Online Therapy” on the directory homepage and search by your city or town or your postcode.

Are therapy sessions confidential?

Therapists who are part of a professional organisation such as the BACP, the UKCP, or BPS are bound by an ethical framework that requires them to uphold a confidentiality agreement. Confidentiality is a crucial part of the therapeutic relationship and only under specific circumstances, such as when there has been participation in a criminal act or act of terror, or if there is potential or known harm to the client or others, will a therapist be obligated to break the agreement. These exceptions to the confidentiality agreement are usually discussed during the initial consultation.