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What is counselling?

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Counselling provides the opportunity to think through the things that are causing distress, with an impartial, trained professional uninvolved in any other area of your life.

As a counsellor I do not give advice, as that would mean imposing my values on you. Instead, in a calm setting uninterrupted by the usual distractions of modern life, the emphasis is on confidentiality, support and understanding. I can help identify links between relationships and issues in your past, and your present-day ways of relating to others.

Awareness of these connections offers you the freedom to choose whether and how to change old patterns of behaviour.

How can counselling help?

People come to counselling for a variety of reasons: with relationship difficulties, with anxiety or depression, after loss or bereavement, or through an undefined sense of unhappiness with life and a wish to change. I listen non-judgementally to any issues you want to discuss and together we think about how you deal with life. Counselling can help in many ways including alleviating anxiety, coming to terms with trauma, or accepting the past, enabling you to move on and live life more freely.

How long does counselling take?

Each session lasts 50 minutes and we meet regularly on a weekly basis. We decide together the number of sessions that are suitable for you. Sometimes a few sessions are enough to provide support through a difficult period. If you are looking for more substantial change, more sessions may be appropriate.


I currently charge £55 per session. This increases slightly each year.

I accept payment by cash or cheque.


  • Mondays 3pm-6pm
  • Fridays 10am-12:30pm

What is my background?

I completed my Master's in Psychodynamic Practice at Oxford University, and worked as a counsellor at an NHS centre in Oxford from 2001 until 2008. I have been working with individual adults in private practice since 2006. In addition, since 2010 I have counselled young people at a local university.

I abide by the UKCP and BACP codes of ethics.

I can provide counselling in German if required.

My qualifications are:

  • BA (Hons)
  • Master's in Psychodynamic Practice (Oxon.)
  • UKCP accredited
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Contact details

Caroline Naish
14 Porchester Road
RG14 7QJ

Answerphone: 07773 872919
Please leave your name, contact details and a suitable time for me to contact you.

Psychodynamic Counsellor


  • near Newbury town centre
  • easily accessible by car, with plenty of on-road parking
  • 5 minutes' walk from the train station

14 Porchester Road is the last house on the left before the corner with Chesterfield Road.

Map of 14 Porchester Road

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