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Mandy McGinnes Counselling

A caring and compassionate counsellor in Farnborough, Hampshire

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Welcome ... And a little about me ...

Hello, my name is Mandy, I would like to begin by offering you a very warm welcome to my website. I would also like to acknowledge the courage it has potentially taken for you to consider the prospect of counselling.

For many the thought, the idea of counselling is daunting. Sharing your inner self with someone unfamiliar. The fear of the unknown can seem immense, your feelings are very valid and very real.


Hopefully as you continue to explore my website, some of your concerns and fears will be alleviated, or slightly lessened.


Please see the contact page of this website for further details about how to contact me, my location and the cost of sessions.


What I am is good enough if I would only be it openly

- Carl Rogers

The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.

- Carl Rogers

How can counselling promote positive mental health?


  • It provides an opportunity for people to explore their thoughts and feelings and the effect they have on their behaviour and mood

  • It can help you identify any patterns which it may be helpful to change

  • It can help you to understand where your unhelpful feelings and ideas come from and why they are there

  • It can promote new thinking which can help people make positive changes by thinking or acting differently, thereby gaining greater control of their lives and improving their confidence



Counselling can help with many different issues, perhaps you are worried or anxious about something? You would like to talk, but are unsure of where to start, or how to begin? You may be struggling with low self-esteem, self-doubt, be feeling stressed about money, studies, work or relationships. You may be trying to deal with a loss of any kind, a bereavement, a relationship
breakdown, a loss of identity. Maybe you are feeling lost and isolated in your life, maybe this is where counselling could step in and support.

About Counselling


How I work

I am passionate about the work that I do, I both believe and trust in the counselling process.


My training is Integrative, which means I can draw on various approaches which include Person Centred, Psychodynamic, CBT and Existentialism. My core approach is Person Centred, this is a humanistic approach wherein a counsellor tries to gain an understanding of a client’s individual experience from their point of view. I do not see myself as the ‘expert’ within the room, I would not be aiming to diagnose, advise, suggest or problem solve. I believe that you are the ‘expert’ within your life, that somewhere within you lies your own answer, your key to living the life you desire.


I am a compassionate, supportive counsellor, I offer a safe, empathetic environment within my home, a friendly, informal environment, helping you to feel relaxed.

How I work

I am a professionally trained counsellor holding a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists) and I adhere to their code of ethics.

I continue to develop my skills and knowledge in the field of counselling by taking regular training courses, so I can continue to deliver a professional service to all my clients. 
I am passionate about people and committed to the service that I offer. I believe in lifelong learning and am continually developing myself as a practitioner.



2018   -   CPCAB Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Level 4 
2016   -   CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Studies Level 3 
2015   -   CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Skills Level 2
2014   -   CPCAB Introduction to Counselling Skills 

I completed all four years of counselling training at Farnborough College of Technology, and my Diploma was awarded by the University of Surrey

Additional CPD training and Workshops


2017   -   Universal Safeguarding Children

2017   -   Drug and Alcohol and Mental Health Awareness 

2018   -   Young people affected by Intimate Partner abuse

2018   -   Resilience Documentary - Q&A Session

2018   -   Setting up a Private Practice

2018   -   Suicide Prevention Training

2018   -   Understanding Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

2018   -   Understanding Personality Disorder

2019   -   Understanding Anxiety and Depression

2019   -   Understanding Addictions

2019   -   Confidence and Self Esteem

2019   -   Managing Intense Emotions

Using Creative Arts Online - Experiential WORKSHOP with Ani de la Prida – 22 4 2020 AND 29 4 2020


A 2 Day Introduction to Working Online with Children & Young People 26 MAY 2020 AND 9 JUNE 2020



Working with Transgender Clients - Transactional Analysis WORKSHOP – 23 4 2020

Relational depth in counselling and psychotherapy 23 may 2020

Working with grief and loss 12 may 2020


Qualifications, Training & Experience


Contact, Cost & Location

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I offer a reduced fee initial session, so that we can meet, and you can see if you feel that we can work together, it is important that you find a counsellor who you will be comfortable working with. The initial session provides you both space and time to ask any questions you may have, to see the counselling space that I offer, to consider whether you wish to commit further to the counselling process.

Initial 30 min session:  £25

Following 50 min sessions:  £50

I work for either an agreed period of time, or on an open-ended and usually weekly basis at a time that is mutually convenient.

Telephone Number:

07962 925856

The map below shows my home practice. There is a large communal, free parking area adjacent to the practice.

The address is:

25 Thyme Court


GU14 9XT


United Kingdom

Feel free to either ring, email or message me

Thank you for your message. I will respond to you as soon as I can.


“The sessions have allowed me to be honest with myself and let out my true feelings that I have held in for so long”

“Helped me decide what I need, to think about myself and not just others”

“You helped me build my foundations - gave me the strength to build myself upwards and project manage myself”

“I felt supported each step by my counsellor”

"You offered your ear, gentle questions and a safe place, physically and emotionally, to start my exploration

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