Welcome To Shirley Baxter Counselling

Counselling and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)

for Individuals and Couples

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Independent Private Counselling Practice with Experienced BACP Registered and Accredited Counsellor.

Welcome to my website I’m Shirley and I’m the owner of Shirley Baxter Counselling an independent Private Counselling Practice based in Portsmouth, Hampshire (PO2) and in Westbourne, West Sussex (PO10).

***Important Notice*** 

All sessions are currently being offered to clients either online via Zoom video link or by Telephone.

This is in accordance with the latest guidelines issued by the Government, and my Professional Body (The BACP), 

for safe working practices in response to the ongoing COVID19 situation.  

I fully intend to resume seeing clients at both my Portsmouth and Westbourne locations as soon as it is safe to do so as well as keeping an online presence as part of my Private Practice.

I will continue to review the situation on a month my month basis.

I am currently working on a webpage, that you will be able to go to, to help you decide if this is an option for you.




To find out more about me and where I work please visit these handy links: About Me, Portsmouth, Westbourne.

Choosing the right counsellor

Choosing the right Counsellor can feel like a daunting experience whether you are an Individual or a Couple.  Opening up to someone and talking about the things that are troubling you or causing you distress or the things that are problematic in your relationship, is not always easy and it’s important you feel comfortable and safe with the person you decide to work with.

I work in an open and respectful way which honours and embraces your individuality and uniqueness.  It’s through the warm and trusting relationship that we build up together that you can begin to navigate your way towards change, growth and healing.

I hope that by looking through my website I can make this process a little easier for you.

My aim as your Individual or Couple Counsellor is

Please scroll to the bottom of the page to see some of the issues I work with.

Information on Sessions

Sessions are available for Adult Individuals and Couples on a short-term basis (min 4 sessions for Individuals and 6 sessions for Couples) or on an on-going long-term basis.  I also work with Trainee/Student Counsellors, and I undertake both Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) work and Insurance Referrals.

Our sessions will take place weekly at the agreed venue and start and end at the same time on the same day each week.

If you feel unsure about making a weekly commitment, or have any concerns or doubts as to whether counselling is for you please discuss them with me.   I am happy to answer any questions you may have in order to help you decide on the best form of support.

All sessions (including the Assessment Session) last for 50 minutes. For fees please visit the Fee & Contact page.

My Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page may assist you with some of the questions Clients often ask.

For more information on Confidentiality please visit the Confidentiality Page

Please take the time to read my Client Contracts which you can find on the the following pages Counselling Contract for Individuals and Counselling Contract for Couples



Issues I work with:

  • Abuse
  • Affairs
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety / Panic Attacks
  • Bullying
  • Bereavement
  • Change
  • Confidence
  • Communication Difficulties
  • Cultural Issues
  • Depression
  • Dilemmas
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence
  • Grief
  • Identity
  • Impact of Step-Families
  • Life Changes
  • Loss
  • Personal Development
  • Relationship Issues
  • Retirement
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Separation or Endings
  • Sexuality
  • Stress
  • Trauma
  • Trust
  • Work Related Issues
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“The present moment contains past and future
The secret to transformation is the way we handle this very moment.”

Thich Nhat Hanh

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