About

Peter Coffey, MChem (Hons), MRes, – Counsellor

I am a person-centred counsellor working in Southampton. Over the past two years, I’ve worked with two charities Chrysalis (Gender Identity Matters) and EBS (formerly Eastleigh Bereavement Services) to help people with their problems, I hope that I can help you. My experience includes: concerns about gender identity, problems with family, problems with relationships, sudden bereavement, long-term illnesses, encountering discrimination in the workplace, suicidal ideation, domestic violence, problems with parents, problems with ex-partners, problems with children, problems with adjusting to English/British culture, loneliness, depression and anxiety.

What do I do?

The form of counselling I practice is called person-centred counselling, sometimes known as client-centred, it belongs to a family of therapies called “humanistic” and people who use this believe that the power to change is within every individual and just needs the right environment to come out.

How does person-centred counselling work?

The way sessions work in practice is that I give you one of the most precious commodities in our busy lives; time. Time and an open, non-judgemental, interested person to listen to you and give you the space you need to unpack your problems and go over them with someone who is really interested in them and wants to understand your point of view.

Talking to another person who doesn’t interrupt and talk about their own lives is an experience and as you start to explore your problems with a willing helper, you may start to get new insights and new perspectives into your life. Problems that seem absolutely insurmountable and totally overwhelming on their own may be seen differently when you’re explaining them to someone else.

It’s about your solutions to your problems. I want to help you find the best way forwards for you.

Testimonials (used only with explicit permission)

Dear Peter,

May I take this opportunity to thank you from my heart for leading me through what I believe was a quite serious depression from not grieving for my wife properly when she died from MND about three years ago. On top of this, I was suffering from dysphoria so I think I must have given you quite a challenge. I can honestly say that you helped me regain my life as I had been in such a low place.

Thank you again Peter.

Kindest Regards

Samantha Phillips

  • Samantha Philips, Hamble

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