MEET THE TEAM

Affiliated Counsellors

Donna

CO-OWNER

CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE COUNSELLOR

POOLE

I believe everyone should feel valued and that there awaits hidden beauty to be discovered in each one of us. Over the years I have gained a lot of life and work experience from many different fields which stands me in good stead in the counselling room.

Fostering gave me experience first-hand with children and teenagers with emotional/mental challenges and attachment difficulties. My journey with the fostering process enabled me to attend a lot of extra training courses such as the Foundation Course “PACE Training DDP (Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity and Empathy) (Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy) (Dr Vicky Sutton).

Clinical Background

I also worked on the Turnaround Project with Relate to support women and children in/or affected by domestic violence and did work in both primary and secondary schools, supporting these young people, as well as seeing young people referred from CAHMS. I have some experience working around addictions and was counselling in a drug and alcohol dry house.

My passion is enabling others to discover their abilities, strengths and resources, empowering them to live the life they truly want and become the best version of themselves. I enjoy working with anyone of any age but have a particular heart for teenagers and helping them navigate such a difficult time in their lives. There was no better training ground than watching my own 4 children rollercoaster through their teen years.

I’m proud to say I’m now a Nana to 3 young Grandchildren and in my spare time I’m very interested in health and wellness. If I’m not in the kitchen trying a new plant-based recipe or juice, I’ll be researching the latest findings on healing the body naturally.

Theoretical Orientation
Humanistic Integrative

Counselling Offered
Face to Face
Online

I hold an enhanced current DBS
Professional indemnity and public liability insurance
Attend regular supervision to monitor my practice and professional work
Attend Regular CPD (Continued Professional Development)
ICO Certificate (Data Protection)
Registered Accredited Member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists)

Qualifications & Further Training

wENDY

CO-OWNER

CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE COUNSELLOR

POOLE

I have a natural affinity with young people and really enjoy working with them and using creative forms to enable them to connect to their own emotional world, build resilience, and develop coping strategies. I am passionate about the capacity we all have for change. I am deeply influenced by Carl Rogers who formulated the “Person Centred” approach to counselling because it focuses on providing an environment of genuineness, empathy and unconditional positive regard for each client.

Clinical Background

I also have past experience working with Relate on The Turnaround Project which involved working with children and women affected by domestic violence. This included going into middle/secondary schools for one-to-one work with the child and supporting workshops for mums and children. I had further opportunities whilst at Relate, with CAMHS young people referrals. I was involved with Leonardo Trust Counselling Adult and Young Carers.

My Early Years Pre School Practice Level 3 gave me an excellent foundation in play and development of the younger child’s milestones, attachment, and learning stages, and having home-educated my own 5 children through various stages of the process. I am now enjoying being a Grandparent.

I like to draw, play the guitar, or explore creative writing in my spare time. Having recovered from a long-term chronic illness I have a passion for health and well-being, linking nutrition with the mind-body connection. I also love nature and walking my dogs along the beach.

Theoretical Orientation
Humanistic Integrative

Counselling Offered
Face to Face
Online

I hold an enhanced current DBS
Professional indemnity and public liability insurance
Attend regular supervision to monitor my practice and professional work
Attend Regular CPD (Continued Professional Development)
ICO Certificate (Data Protection)
Registered Accredited Member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists)

Qualifications & Further Training

Sheila

FAMILY, PARENT & ADULT COUNSELLOR

ONLINE

Hi, My name is Sheila Maycock, I’m a family therapist, my special areas of interest include family conflict, separated and blended families, childhood trauma, carers and domestic abuse (including direct work with perpetrators).

Family therapy helps families to express and explore difficult thoughts and emotions safely, understand each other’s views, appreciate each other’s needs, build on strengths, emerge from trauma and make useful changes.

The problem is the problem – not the person. In family therapy, we don’t lay the blame on anyone. My role is to be curious, ask questions to help you as a family, appreciate what goes well and work out how things could happen differently when problems hit.

Clinical Background
My clinical experience and expertise has focused on working with Families, Young People and Children.

I have recent experience working for Relate and in a school setting with families. I have prior experience of working with individuals in private practice and in a GP surgery and as a trustee and facilitator for ISECCA, a charity improving self-esteem and self-efficacy by utilising cognitive self-image psychology (positive psychology).

Theoretical Orientation
Systemic Family Therapy/Humanistic Integrative

Counselling Offered
Online Via Zoom or What’s App
Walk & Talk

I hold an enhanced current DBS
Professional indemnity and public liability insurance
Attend regular supervision to monitor my practice and professional work
Attend Regular CPD (Continued Professional Development)
ICO Certificate (Data Protection)
Registered Accredited Member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists)

Qualifications & Further Training

Emma

RELATIONSHIP, PARENT & ADULT COUNSELLOR
REWIND THERAPY (TRAUMA RECOVERY)

Hi. My name is Emma Oaksford, my focus is to support individuals and couples to heal, energize, and become aware of their inner strengths. I can help you learn how to communicate more effectively and reach your relationship goals. I hope to achieve this by providing a neutral, non-judgemental, safe space, listening to your thoughts and feelings and supporting you in setting achievable and meaningful goals.

I am an Integrative Counsellor which means I incorporate different theoretical approaches which enables me to respond to you in a way that feels appropriate to your needs.

Clinical Background
My clinical areas of experience and expertise are working with Individuals, Couples and Parents.

I work as an individual and couple Counsellor with Relate and in private practice. I also work as a trauma therapist using the IARTT Rewind Technique. My specialist areas of interest are relationships, domestic abuse, antenatal and postnatal counselling and the changing of relationships, dissociation and trauma.

Theoretical Orientation
My predominant approaches are Person-Centred, Systemic and Psychodynamic theories

Counselling Offered
Face to Face
Online
Home visits
Walk & talk
Telephone

I hold an enhanced current DBS
Professional indemnity and public liability insurance
Attend regular supervision to monitor my practice and professional work
Attend Regular CPD (Continued Professional Development)
ICO Certificate (Data Protection)
I adhere to the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) Ethical Framework

 

Qualifications & Further Training

PAULA

WIMBORNE, SHAFTESBURY & DORCHESTER

CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE COUNSELLOR

My name is Paula Phillips. As a qualified integrative counsellor, I pull on a wide range of talking and creative therapies to help young people/adults cope with many of life’s challenges.

I offer a warm empathetic non-judgmental environment and gain great satisfaction from seeing a client make progress, leading to a happier mindset.

I believe counselling achieves the best results by providing a safe space and time to reflect on identified issues while exploring coping strategies used alongside the individual’s own strengths. 

Clinical background

With many years of direct experience working in school environments, I have first-hand knowledge of the challenges facing children and young people at school or at home. This work has involved addressing issues of anxiety, personal identity, self-confidence and self-harm. 

My work with adults has included dealing with critical illness, bereavement, addictions and relationship issues, this has been in both NHS and numerous charity settings.

Theoretical Orientation   

Humanistic Integrative

Counselling Offered

Face to face.

Online

School setting

Home Visits

I hold a current Enhanced DBS. I have Professional Indemnity and public liability insurance. I am a Registered Member of the BACP. I attend regular CPD. I attend regular supervision to monitor my professional work.

 

Qualifications & Further Training

Sarah

BOURNEMOUTH

CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE COUNSELLOR

Hi, my name is Sarah Walker. I am a BACP registered child counsellor covering the ages of 4-18. 

The relationship with every child is at the heart of my work. I use a range of art and play techniques such as puppetry, paint, sand and storytelling, to enable children to explore their feelings, thoughts and inner world. Some adolescents I have worked with have also enjoyed this creative style, while others have benefitted from talking therapy. 

I have a warm and playful approach to working with children, supported by sound theoretical understanding.

Clinical Background

After many years of working in school settings, I qualified as a child counsellor in 2020. Before moving to private practice and becoming an affiliated counsellor for ReWellness, I worked as a child counsellor and counselling assessor for a mental health charity and as a secondary school counsellor.

I have helped children with a wide range of issues including anxiety, stress, anger, low self-esteem and self-worth, low mood and depression, bereavement and loss, abuse, bullying, relationship difficulties, parent separation, and family illness.

Theoretical Orientation

Art, play, talking therapies

Integrative counselling

Counselling Offered
Face to Face

I hold an enhanced current DBS.
Professional indemnity and public liability insurance.
Attend regular supervision to monitor my practice and professional work.
Attend Regular CPD (Continued Professional Development).
ICO Certificate (Data Protection).
Registered Member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists)

Qualifications & Further Training

Susan

YOUNG PEOPLE & ADULT COUNSELLOR

New Milton

Hi, my name is Susan Kay. I am a Humanistic Integrative Counsellor, which means that I draw upon different counselling theories and adapt them to the client’s individual needs.

I know just how daunting it is to try and find the “right” therapist when you start your counselling journey, as I have been there myself. My goal as a counsellor is to provide a safe and supportive environment for individuals to explore, change and find a way forward through being able to speak openly without fear of opinion or judgement.

I am passionate about helping individuals to improve their emotional well-being and overcome the challenges they may be facing.

Clinical Background
I work with Young People, with experience covering issues such as stress and anxiety, low mood/depression, relationship issues, family issues, emotional wellbeing, and confidence and self-esteem.

I have significant experience and additional training in bereavement and understand the uniquely personal challenges that come with loss and grief. I also have extensive experience of domestic abuse issues, as well as working with and safeguarding children and adults.

Theoretical Orientation
Humanistic Integrative

Counselling Offered
Face to Face
Online
Telephone

I hold an enhanced current DBS.
Professional indemnity and public liability insurance.
Attend regular supervision to monitor my practice and professional work.
Attend Regular CPD (Continued Professional Development)
Individual Member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists)

Qualifications & Further Training

Merete

CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE COUNSELLOR

WAREHAM

My name is Merete Davis. I am a Therapeutic Counsellor.  I enjoy working with any age but especially children and young people. My specialist areas of interest include working with bereavement, anger, self-esteem, suicidal thoughts, self-harm, domestic abuse, and children and young people who have a family member in prison. 

I am committed to providing a supportive and safe environment to help individuals explore any challenges they may be facing and improve their emotional health and well-being. My main priority is to build a relationship with the person, and I am always led by how they want to use the time and work at their pace so that they do not feel pressured in any way.

I work creatively offering various resources such as art, modelling dough, puppets and sand play with miniature figures. It can often be difficult for young people to verbalise their thoughts and feelings, especially around painful and complex experiences. This can help communicate feelings in a safe way if they choose not to talk directly about their issues. 

Clinical Background

I have worked extensively in Primary and Secondary schools for over 15 years. I worked for SAFE SPACE Counselling in Schools service for Hertfordshire County Council as a Senior Counsellor. This included working with young people referred by CAMHS and Crisis work if there was a sudden death in a school. I also worked for HOPE In TOTTENHAM Counselling in schools service from 2003-2019.

I have prior experience working in 3 Young People’s Information Centres, as a counsellor and an information worker, in private practice and for GP Surgeries with children and young people. 

I presently work as a counsellor for MOSAIC which supports bereaved children and young people.

Theoretical Orientation

Humanistic Integrative

Counselling Offered

Face to face

School visits

Home visits

Walk and Talk

I hold an enhanced current DBS. Professional Indemnity and public liability insurance. ICO Certificate (Data Protection). Registered Accredited Member of BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) Attend regular supervision to monitor my practice and professional work. Attend regular CPD (continued Professional Development)

Qualifications & Further Training

Jane

CHILDREN, YOUNG PEOPLE & ADULT COUNSELLOR
POOLE

Hi, my name is Jane Cassidy. I am a therapeutic counsellor working with children, young people and adults. Whether you need to untangle problems or work through worries, we can work as a team to help you build confidence to overcome difficulties. These may stem from a range of issues, including anxiety, bereavement, stress, anger, depression, abuse, trauma, family/relationship problems or low self-worth. I believe that together we can learn to understand our problems and develop tools to tackle them.

Clinical Background
My clinical area of experience and expertise are working with Adults, Young People and Children.

Having built experience as a counsellor working in primary and secondary schools, as well as a bereavement charity, I have developed an awareness of the problems children and young people can face. Working with university students online and with sixth form college students face to face during the Covid pandemic, helped deepen this understanding. In addition, I have worked with neurodiverse adults, children and young people, as well as those who are carers.

Getting to know you as a person will help us to work effectively, using techniques best suited to you to access and make sense of thoughts, feelings and actions.

Theoretical Orientation
Humanistic Integrative

Counselling Offered
Face to Face
Online
Telephone
Walk & Talk
Home Visits
Email
School Visits

I hold an enhanced current DBS
Professional indemnity and public liability insurance
Attend regular supervision to monitor my practice and professional work
Attend regular CPD (Continued Professional Development)
ICO Certificate (Data Protection)
Registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists)

Qualifications & Further Training

Debbie

CHILDREN, YOUNG PEOPLE, ADULT & FAMILY COUNSELLOR
DORCHESTER

Hi. My name is Debbie Skilling, I have a wealth of experience supporting families, adults, children and young people. I don’t believe there is a one size fits all, everyone is an individual with their own experience of life. I aim to build a respectful and trusting relationship that enables you to identify your unique strengths and what works well in your life, that helps you gain an awareness of the hidden things going on, as well as what may be hindering you and preventing you from living a happy and fulfilling life.

You might say “Why does this keep happening?” Together we can explore and find out the answer.

I am an Integrative Counsellor which means I incorporate different theoretical approaches to help us find what works best for you.

Clinical Background
My clinical areas of experience and expertise are working with Individuals, Families, Children and Young People, and Parents.

I have experience supporting a huge range of people through multiple organisations such as Relate, Action For Children, Dorset Mind and The You Trust. I have also previously worked in schools, and as a family support worker in a Children’s Centre for 10 years. Through this experience I understand the pressures of life that can affect adults and children, and their day-to-day lives from emotional wellbeing at school to parenting, and how supporting children with additional needs can impact family life for all. To top this off I have not only worked with but have lived experience of neurodiversity.

Theoretical Orientation
Person-Centred, Humanistic Integrative, Systemic

Counselling Offered
Face to Face
Online via Zoom or WhatsApp
Telephone
Walk & Talk
Home Visits
School Visits

I hold an enhanced current DBS
Professional indemnity and public liability insurance
Attend regular supervision to monitor my practice and professional work
Attend regular CPD (Continued Professional Development)
ICO Certificate (Data Protection)
I adhere to the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) ethical framework

Qualifications & Further Training

ANNA

YOUNG PEOPLE & ADULT COUNSELLOR

DORCHESTER

Hi, My name is Anna Balistrari, I am a Humanistic Integrative counsellor working with both adults and young people. Working with young people is a particular passion of mine, with every young person that I work alongside comes new learning and discovery, not only for my client but for myself. I feel privileged to be in this position and to continue learning from my clients to enhance my work. Children and young people possess extraordinary knowledge, insight, and wisdom, and we need to allow them the time, space and compassion to be heard.

Being a Humanistic Integrative Counsellor gives me the opportunity to use different counselling approaches to better understand and support my clients. I enjoy using creative tools within my work such as arts and crafts, music, sand tray work, small world figures and psycho education. These tools give a platform for my clients to express how they are feeling about past or present difficulties in a safe way. This creative work can be particularly beneficial for children and young people who find it difficult to verbalise their thoughts and feelings without the pressure of maintaining eye contact. I have experience in working with young people and adults who have learning difficulties and who are neurodivergent.

Clinical Background
My areas of experience and expertise are working with Adults and Young People.

My career started as an outdoor education instructor working alongside schools and the prince’s trust. Since then, I have worked in many different settings supporting children and young people to recognise their strengths, overcome adversity and develop an understanding of where and how they fit into the world. As well as being a qualified Counsellor I am also a qualified Youth Worker and Careers Guidance Practitioner. In my other role I work as a Family Worker for the Early Help Team, this includes working systemically as a whole family approach, ensuring that all individuals in a family unit are being supported to overcome their own difficulties to be able to positively support each other.

I work for Relate Counselling and Redlands Counselling as well as my own private practice. Early intervention and equality are a key factor to my work, ensuring that all adults and young people can access the help and support that they need when they need it. I have experience in working with young people who have experienced trauma, school-based anxiety as well as generalised anxiety and difficulties regarding exam stress, relationships, friendship difficulties and self-harm and domestic abuse. I am a trained practitioner in delivering group and individual programmes for children and young people who have experienced domestic abuse.

Theoretical Orientation
Humanistic Integrative

Counselling Offered
Face to face
Virtual
Phone

Professional indemnity and public liability insurance
Attend regular supervision to monitor my practice and professional work
Attend Regular CPD (Continued Professional Development)
Registered Member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists)
Current Enhanced DBS

Qualifications & Further Training

emma

DRAMA THERAPIST

BOURNEMOUTH, POOLE, CHRISTCHURCH AND SURROUNDING AREAS

Hi I’m Emma Kerr, after graduating from Drama School in 2016, I participated in various interactive performances that invited the audience to reflect on their own experiences, thoughts, and feelings. The power of theatre really struck me, and so I wanted to use my theatrical skills in a way that can be supportive to people when they are at their most vulnerable. 

Clinical Background

I completed my MA in Dramatherapy from Roehampton University in 2022, and since then have worked with children and young people, and young adults with learning and developmental disabilities. My practice is very client led and I will offer creative processes into the space as a containment aid. Through the subconscious of metaphor and creativity, clients are invited to explore their distresses, while being held by the safety of the therapeutic relationship.

Theoretical Orientation

Drama Therapy

Counselling Offered

Online
Walk & talk
Home visits
School

I hold an enhanced current DBS
Professional indemnity and public liability insurance
Attend regular supervision to monitor my practice and professional work
Attend Regular CPD (Continued Professional Development)
ICO Certificate (Data Protection)
I adhere to the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) Ethical Framework

Qualifications & Further Training

carlie

CHILDREN, YOUNG PEOPLE & ADULT COUNSELLOR

BLANDFORD

Hello, my name is Carlie Marshall and I am a person centred counsellor who works with children, young people and adults. My specialist areas are working with young people who have anxiety, depression, self-esteem, issues at school and home life and bereavement. I also work with adults who have had trauma, suicidal thoughts, self-harm, addiction, anxiety, depression, low self-confidence and parenting issues. 

My way of working is to get to know the client and work in a way that will suit the client. No two people are the same so why should the counselling be the same. I will adapt the sessions as we go, in a safe and supportive environment for you to reach your own goal. 

Clinical Background

My areas of experience are working with children, teenagers, parents, and adults. 

I have experience working within all different areas of mental health from counselling adults in probation to working in a mental health hospital as a mental health advocate and counselling adults, children, and young people over the last 4 years. I work in a person-centred way and use CBT tools to support your thoughts and understand your feelings. 

Theoretical Orientation

Person-centred 

Counselling Offered

Online
Telephone
Email
Face to Face 
School Visits

I hold an enhanced current DBS
Professional indemnity and public liability insurance
Attend regular supervision to monitor my practice and professional work
Attend Regular CPD (Continued Professional Development)
ICO Certificate (Data Protection)
I adhere to the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) Ethical Framework

Qualifications & Further Training

Clare

ART THERAPIST

FORDINGBRIDGE

Hi, my name is Clare. I am a child and adolescent counsellor using the arts. I take a genuine interest in young people and enjoy engaging with them in an informal approach. Sometimes, young people aren’t able to talk about how they feel. I offer an alternative means of expressing complex or painful experiences that may otherwise be difficult to convey in words alone. It’s vital to offer ways of communicating feelings other than through everyday language, for example, with paint, clay, music, drama or sand play. I will always follow the child’s lead, as my first priority is for the child/young person to feel relaxed and comfortable with me, and in the room. The space is their’s completely and it is my aim that they begin to feel free to be themselves and that they feel heard. There is a range of art materials to use but also they may just choose to talk. The sessions do not require any skills in art as the emphasis is on the process. I work with a range of issues including :

  • Anxiety
  • Identity
  • Trauma
  • Loss, bereavement and separation
  • Depression and low mood
  • Body image
  • Relationship issues or family conflict
  • Bullying
  • Confidence and self-esteem

Clinical Background

I originally trained as an Art teacher working in secondary schools. I spent 20 years working with the arts and crafts in social care with young adults before embarking on a training as a counsellor. My working week is divided between my private practice, which I run from home, and as a school counsellor.

Theoretical Orientation

I adopt an integrative approach, drawing on neuroscientific and psychotherapeutic theory including attachment theory, object relations theory, and, in particular the work of Freud, Winnicott, Bowlby, Perls and Berne. I studied at The Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education, an ‘inspirational training helping to make a real difference to the lives of troubled children and work effectively with their experiences of trauma, loss and attachment difficulties.’

Counselling Offered

Face to face

Online Via Zoom or What’s App

I hold an enhanced current DBS
Professional indemnity and public liability insurance
Attend regular supervision to monitor my practice and professional work
Attend Regular CPD (Continued Professional Development)
ICO Certificate (Data Protection)
I adhere to the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) Ethical Framework

 

Qualifications & Further Training

Tanya

CHILDREN, YOUNG PEOPLE & ADULT COUNSELLOR

SHAFTESBURY

Hello, I’m Tanya Carter. I’m an Integrative Counsellor and I work with adults, children, and young people.

I can help with anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues, as well as problems relating to sleep, friendships, worries, self-esteem, loss, and big life events such as moving, transition from primary to secondary school, parental separation/divorce, and difficulties at school. I work compassionately with clients – as they learn about and manage their feelings, discover who they are and build resilience.

Clinical Background
 I practice in a variety of settings, including primary and secondary schools, mental health charities and in private practice.

Theoretical Orientation
My technique is person-centred and I incorporate different theoretical modes in line with what my client’s needs. I work alongside clients to explore their concerns, worries and issues – safely and at their speed. My approach is relational; a trusting and equal bond, without judgement, is essential for good therapeutic outcomes. I create a nurturing space where all emotions can be expressed safely, and all questions are okay.

Counselling Offered
Face to Face

Video
Telephone
Email
School Visits

I hold an enhanced current DBS.
Professional indemnity and public liability insurance.
Attend regular supervision to monitor my practice and professional work.
Attend Regular CPD (Continued Professional Development).
ICO Certificate (Data Protection).
Registered Member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists

Qualifications & Further Training

Roy

CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLES COUNSELLOR

BOURNEMOUTH

Hello. My name is Roy Whyte, and I am a client centred integrative counsellor. Which means that I have been trained in a core model which puts you, the client, at the centre of everything I do. The integrative part means that I’ve been trained in other counselling methods of counselling which I have added to my core model of training. 

Working with children and young people is a gift. To hear their stories, empathise with their struggles and help them to build their resilience and move on in their life journey is a privilege, as well as helping young people to understand that they already possess the skills needed within themselves to work through and potentially overcome their difficulties.

Clinical Background

I draw on a wide range of experiences in my counselling work; I have worked in the voluntary sector as a residential social worker; in a Social Services day centre for older people; a primary school teacher; a counsellor, supervisor, and trainer. 

It was whilst I was a teacher that I realised, some children needed more emotional help than I was realistically able to give. I therefore trained as a counsellor and joined The Listening Ear Counselling Service based in Bournemouth; a charity which specialises in working with children and young people. This led to working widely with young people within the local authority and Social Services arena. 

I set up a counselling service at a local junior school in Bournemouth, with younger children and I worked at a local secondary school with teenagers.

Theoretical Orientation
Client-Centred Integrative model of Counselling.

Counselling Offered
Face to Face
Online via Zoom or WhatsApp
Telephone
Walk & Talk
Home Visits
School Visits

I hold an enhanced current DBS.
Professional indemnity and public liability insurance.
Attend regular supervision to monitor my practice and professional work.
Attend Regular CPD (Continued Professional Development).
ICO Certificate (Data Protection).
Registered Member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists)

Qualifications & Further Training

Steph

CHILDREN, YOUNG PEOPLE & ADULT COUNSELLOR

BOURNEMOUTH

I am an accredited counsellor and registered with the BACP.  I have been a counsellor for 15 years. I have experience working with people from a wide age range, who are struggling with a broad spectrum of issues.

I particularly enjoy working with children and adolescents and have had specific training in this area. 

I adapt the way I work to meet the client’s individual needs through providing a safe ‘non judgmental’, confidential environment. The first session is an assessment, and an opportunity to establish the client’s goals for therapy.

My focus is to build a strong relationship that helps to support my clients through the challenges of the counselling work they choose to undertake.

I have a passion for creative therapy and have training in this area.

Clinical Background

I started my counselling career working for Cruse Bereavement care, where I worked with children as young as 5, right through the age spectrum to an adult age 87.

I have completed a substantial amount of work with adolescents through agency work and also my private practice.

I have worked in a brief solution-focused way and also long-termm work.

Theoretical Orientation

I use a creative, integrative approach when counselling

  • Attachment-based

  • Christian Counselling

  • Cognitive Behavioural (CBT)

  • Creative Therapy

  • Family Systems

  • Gestalt

  • Humanistic

  • Integrative

  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)

  • Person-Centred

  • Psychodynamic

  • Transactional Analysis

Counselling Offered

Face to Face
Online via Zoom or WhatsApp
Walk & Talk

I hold an Enhanced current DBS
Professional indemnity and public liability insurance
Attend regular supervision to monitor my practice and professional work
Attend Regular CPD (Continued Professional Development)
ICO Certificate (Data Protection)
Registered Accredited Member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists)

Qualifications & Further Training

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YY Cao
YY Cao
4. October, 2023.
My daughter suffered darkest times in her life before seeing Donna. Being a parent, I was devastated to the core. Luckily I found ReWellness while searching for help on Google. Donna quickly gained my daughter’s trust and built up good relations with her. She helped to resume my daughter’s hope and courage to live a better life, taught her many useful skills and tools to cope with difficulties and to overcome anxieties. After a few month’s therapy, I feel I no longer need to worry much about her self-harm thoughts or behaviours. She’s generally much happier now than before. I am deeply impressed, not only by Donna’s professionalism, but also that her being genuinely passionate in offering the help to as many young people as she can. I would confidently say as soon as your children meet Donna, they are pretty much in safe hands.
Monika Pasternak
Monika Pasternak
11. September, 2023.
My 12 years old daughter has been seeing Donna for few months now and I couldn’t be happier with the results! The issues started when she went to high school and couldn’t cope with it all. The friendships, bullying, confidence and self esteem etc. As I parent I felt helpless as I couldn’t solve it no matter how hard I’ve tried and wasn’t getting any help from anywhere else. I found Donna and from the first message I knew I made the right choice. Donna was very professional, understanding and helpful and didn’t make us wait managed to see my daughter very quickly which was important. From day one Donna managed to have a great connection with my daughter who is always looking forward to seeing her. I finally have my daughter back, happy, bubbly and confident again! I’m so thankful for all the hard work! I would definitely 100% recommend! 🙂
Hannah Watts
Hannah Watts
17. August, 2023.
The difference in my child since working with Wendy is amazing, coming out of the sessions like a weight has been lifted. Would definitely recommend.
Carla Mcgrath
Carla Mcgrath
20. July, 2023.
We have found Donna integral to our daughter managing her day to day anxiety. She has taught her various skills and given her the tools to overcome the anxiety and to achieve her goals. Thanks Donna ☺️
Christina Stewart
Christina Stewart
21. June, 2023.
My son has been seeing Wendy for a few weeks now and it's made such a difference. He suffers with trichotillomania and she's been able to identify the root cause and figure out ways of trying to resolve it altogether. His confidence has grown and he's more able to discuss things with me now. He absolutely loves his sessions and she's also been a great help for me, allowing me to understand him better and giving me tips and techniques on being able to improve his self esteem and help him at home. I can't recommend Wendy enough, she's been an absolute godsend for us. Thank you so much Wendy!
Natalie Mitchell
Natalie Mitchell
20. June, 2023.
Wendy spent lots of time with my son, working through his worries and giving him a safe space to talk. He really enjoyed his play sessions. Thank you Wendy
Paulina Hauk-Lichacz
Paulina Hauk-Lichacz
2. May, 2023.
I have taken my daughter to Wendy as she struggled with my divorce from her dad and had problems with her anger. My daughter built up relationship with her almost imidiatelly and often asked throughout the week when she’s going to see Wendy. It was very clear to me that my daughter trusted Wendy and felt safe to share her emotions with her. My daughter didn’t tell me much about their sessions but I could notice some changes in her behaviour and within few weeks she became less aggressive towards me and seemed to come to terms with my divorce and her dad leaving family home. I was particularly impressed with sandpit work which they’ve done together. Wendy shared pictures of their therapeutic work and it gave me lots of insight into my child’s internal world, how she sees me as her parent, what does she feel. Overall after few sessions I felt like my daughter is supported by brilliant, knowledgable therapist who both of us trusted. I would highly recommend her service to any child and parent who struggle.
Stephanie Stokes
Stephanie Stokes
1. May, 2023.
Wendy has turly been amazing with my 7 year old son I honstly caint thank her enough she has help my little boy so much. My son has come along so much without her I don't know where we be he looked forward to his sessions and has used all the things he learnt at home. Wendy your amazing thank you.
stephanie mount
stephanie mount
29. April, 2023.
Absolutely amazing! Did wonders for my 13 year old suffering with anxiety and depression. Donna is a really lovely lady, both myself and my daughter cannot thank her enough! Tried other counselling previously but did not help. So glad we found them.
Joanna Howe
Joanna Howe
6. April, 2023.
Wendy has really helped my little one explore her emotions and look at other ways to manage her big feelings

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