About me


  Hi, I'm Monica, a professionally trained and qualified counsellor and registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP), offering short term and long term, one to one talking therapy in the Bournemouth area.

 I’m passionate about my work and the benefits of counselling. I offer an integrative humanistic counselling approach. This means that your needs are at the forefront of our work together, and I will adapt my approach to benefit you.

 I offer a safe space for you to talk openly in confidence and without judgement. I will always treat you with respect, care and dignity.

 Life is very much an up-and-down hill journey with bumpy rides that we just don’t foresee. Clients that I work with often feel that life is getting on top of them – they are not living the life they want. I am here to provide a safe, confidential and creative environment in which we work together to open the door to new beginnings. I apply my training and expertise to work alongside you to help you find solutions to your issues and achieve your goals for counselling. 

Experience and qualifications


 CPCAB Counselling Skills
CPCAB Counselling Studies
CPCAB Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Trauma model training completed
The Neuroscience of Early Relational trauma and its Relevance to Clinical Work
Working with Survivors of Childhood Abuse
BACP Certificate of Proficiency
DRBS enhanced check current
Registered Member of BACP-MBACP-374222 


 I am a registered member of The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by The Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy. That also means that I am fully insured and committed to continuing professional development. I have a Supervisor, who I see on a monthly basis.
I have worked within primary care for the NHS, counselling settings, the voluntary sector and a crisis agency.
In addition to my private practice, I have extensive experience working in a variety of settings, as well as undertaken training in Trauma and PTSD, anxiety and depression. 

Our Therapy

Depression, Fear and Anxiety

Depression, fear, and anxiety are some of the most common and uncomfortable emotions that we can experience at some point in our lives. Through counseling and treatment, we are able to help you recover motivation, perspective, and joy that you once had in your life. 


Trauma & PTSD

Many individuals can experience symptoms associated with painful and traumatic circumstances. Anxiety, fear, and hopelessness are a few emotions that can linger post traumatic events. We can help you overcome these symptoms and guide you through the process of grief and healing. 



 Communicating with a family member, loved one, friend or work colleague can be difficult, sometimes leaving us feeling unheard or misunderstood. Through counselling we are able to help you explore relationships, develop a new level of self awareness and learn communication techniques that will help you and your loved ones.    

Fees and Availability


Free 30 minute Initial telephone or face to face consultation


I offer a free 30 minute telephone or face-to-face initial no obligation consultation to ensure you get the best fit for you.

The next step is to attend an assessment session. This lasts 50 minutes and will enable us to explore your reasons for undertaking counselling, and determine how we might work together going forward.

Full session, 50 mins - £35

Concessionary rates are available for those on lower incomes and students completing their personal therapy. This can be discussed at the assessment session.

Appointments are currently available at various times during the day and evening, Monday-Saturday.


 What are Humanistic therapies?

This approach focuses on the individual as a whole. It encourages people to think about their feelings and take responsibility for their thoughts and actions. The emphasis is on self-development and achieving your highest potential rather than on problematic behaviour. Gestalt therapy, person-centred therapy, transactional analysis and transpersonal therapy are all humanistic approaches.


How does CBT work?

CBT aims to help you change the way you think (cognitive) and what you do (behaviour). Rather than looking at past causes, it focuses on current problems and practical solutions to help you feel better now.

The way we think about situations affects the way we feel and behave.

CBT can be helpful for depression, anxiety, stress, phobias, obsessions, eating disorders and managing long term conditions.

Contact ME

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Please contact Taracounselling with any questions

Office 3 Watson House, 398-400 Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth, BH8 8BN England

07501782768 monica.aherne@gmail.com