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We appreciate not everyone will need to see a therapist to help them manage their anxiety or stress.  However if you have been feeling low in mood, or experiencing problems associated with feeling stressed, anxious or depressed, or coping with persistent and unexplained insomnia then it may help you to gain a different perspective on what is going on.

You may find that talking to your GP in the first instance can help you gain more perspective and or rule out any underlying physical cause for your symptoms.

Or you may want to try reading a self help book.

However if you feel that none of these options is right for you, talk to us.

Choosing someone to help

It’s very important to choose the right person for you, someone you feel able to trust.  Do remember that they’ll probably be working with you for a number of sessions, supporting you to explore whatever issue has taken you to them in the first place.

We would recommend that you consider whether

  • you want to see someone who specialises in a particular problem e.g addictions, PTSD, Phobias,OCD
  • you want to see someone of your own or a different gender
  • you want to see someone who specialises in a particular form of therapy e.g. CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), Hypnotherapy, NLP or EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique).

Regulation, Supervision and Confidentiality for Therapists

Currently there is no UK requirement for a therapist to register with the UKCP, BACP or similar professional body.  This means that anyone can call themselves a therapist.

Therapists who are not trained with either UKCP or BACP may still be well trained and experienced.

Within our practice Francis is trained and qualified as a Master Practitioner of NLP and a licenced one to one and group provider for HeartMath.  He works as a coach, dealing predominantly with people who are struggling with stress, anger and personal confidence issues.

Annie is a qualified nurse, Master Practitioner of NLP and Psychotherapist, currently working towards full accreditation with UKCP.  She is an experienced coach and is licensed to use a variety of personality and personal effectiveness profiling tools.

Both Annie and Francis work to a strict code of ethical guidelines as published by the INLPTA and UKCP.  Both engage in clinical supervision to ensure that their respective practice meets the required standards.


Costs of coaching sessions will vary according to the number of sessions you book and the frequency of your sessions.

We will discuss our charges with you and work to create a session plan during your first session.

As a routine we offer the first half hour free of charge.

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According to the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) ‘the key to successful therapy is being able to find the right therapist for you.’  You can do this in a number of ways:

  • Via personal recommendation
  • Via an internet search
  • Logging onto www.ukcp.org.uk or www.bacp.uk or onto www.counselling-directory.co.uk
  • Each site will give you a listing for practitioners who are taking on new clients.  Most will ask you to submit your postcode to help you find a practitioner near to where you live.
  • Via a phone book
We are based in Wimborne, Dorset and have many years experience in the wellbeing field. We are always very happy for you to phone us for an informal chat.