Counsellor and Psychosexual Therapist


My name is Jackie Riley and I have been a practising Counsellor and Psychosexual Therapist for over 20 years. I offer counselling in the Chard, Yeovil, Bridport and Dorchester area and also work in Basingstoke on a regular basis. I am ideally located for people in Dorset, Devon and Somerset.

I would love to meet you if you think I can be of help. 

Find out more about Jackie.



Does life feel like its getting on top of you? 

Feeling overwhelmed?

Do you have problems or worries you would like to talk through?

Do you have sexual difficulties?

Is your relationship in trouble?

Are you suffering as a result of a trauma in your life?

Are you feeling anxious?

Do you suffer from panic attacks?

Do you have issues with pornography?

Are you going through fertility treatment?

Could you benefit from a place to take some time-out to explore your thoughts and feelings?

Do you want to make some changes in your life?

Do you feel low and don’t really know why?



Counselling is a way of exploring things by talking to a person trained to listen and help you work out ways to resolve whatever it is that troubles you.

It is not about being given advice or told what to do. I will help you help you sort things out in your own mind and start to work through them whatever they are.

I give my clients a safe place to sit quietly and talk without fear of judgement. If you are a couple you may need help time and space to talk to each other. I can provide this. Then we can start to work on dealing with what is troubling you. I can ensure you are both listened to and both have the opportunity to express your feelings and views.


I realise that sex is sometimes one of the most difficult areas for couples to discuss. I am a fully qualified Relate trained psychosexual therapist and relationship counsellor. Whatever the problem I can help you both to address it. If you are coming with a specific sexual worry then psychosexual therapy will be offered and this differs from counselling. It involves a detailed assessment of the problem and then we agree how best to deal with it. I will be giving you information and education and setting tasks to complete at home. In this kind of therapy I will be giving advice and instruction so it is quite different to counselling.


A traumatic experience can be something that is hard to forget leaving you with panic attacks, nightmares or flashbacks. EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing ) is a specific form of therapy that helps you to process the event or experience and thus remove the distressing symptoms you may be having. It is NICE approved within the NHS and widely used in our Armed Forces and is well researched and shown to be effective. Sessions last longer for this type of therapy - one and a half hours.


from £60 - 50 minute Couple Session

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