About Me

I am a highly experienced Independent Counsellor with over 6000 hours of supervised client work completed.  I have been seeing clients since 2005 (15 years) and running my own Private Practice since 2009 (12 years).  In addition to this I am also a Co-founder and Partner of Portsmouth Therapy Partnership.

My journey to becoming a Counsellor started back in 2002 with an Introduction to Counselling Course which subsequently led to a BA (Hons) Degree in Humanistic Counselling in 2008.  My Counselling training has included my own personal therapy as well as several Supervised Counselling placements. Since completing my degree I have obtained a Diploma in Couple Counselling (2015). I continue to undertake numerous CPD (Continued Professional Development Courses).  At present I am focusing my continued training on Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) & Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), both of which sit very well within the framework of the Humanistic Counselling model. For full details of my training and qualifications and working experience please visit the Qualifications, Training and Experience page of my website.

Prior to becoming a Counsellor I spent 18 years as a Project Manager (Manufacturing) in the electronics sector.  I gained extensive knowledge of the difficulties encountered within large, complex multi-disciplined teams operating to tight timescales and budgets.  I can therefore appreciate the difficulties and the stress that you may experience when faced with work related issues.

My heritage is British-Italian and from my own experiences I know how my own sense of identity was impacted as I navigated these different cultures.  I can therefore understand some of the complex issues involving race and cultural differences that you may be experiencing and bringing into the counselling room.

Although I am fluent in the Italian language, I am not able to offer Counselling in Italian.

Memberships and Registrations

I am a Registered Member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy). Please visit the The BACP Register if you wish to view my Registration details.

You can view my details on the following profiles:

BACP Shirley Baxter Counselling
ACBS Shirley Baxter Counselling

“No man steps in the same river twice, for it is not the same river and he is not the same man”


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