"Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day that says, I will try again tomorrow."

Mary Anne Radmacher

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My name is Stephanie Petrelli. I am a qualified, professional Psychotherapist with a Master of Education in Counselling Psychology and a registered member of the BACP.  


In a very busy and hectic world, I believe counselling is one of the few places people are truly able to dedicate some time for themselves. It can be extremely healthy and relieving to talk it out with someone who will listen with compassion and without judgement. 

About Me

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Ever since I was young, I knew I wanted to follow a career path that would make a difference in people’s lives. Prior to becoming a psychotherapist, I was a teacher for 5 years. It was this experience that developed my passion for wellbeing and that set me on the path of helping others and focusing on mental health. During my counselling career, I have had the chance to work with both adults and young adults suffering from a wide variety of issues. I have provided longer term counselling support for a charity in Portsmouth and I have worked at a university counselling centre, helping to support students throughout their education using a brief, solution-focused framework. 


Some of the issues I have worked with are​:​

  • Anxiety 

  • Depression

  • Eating Disorders

  • Relationship issues

  • Lack of confidence/Self-esteem

  • Stress management

  • Bereavement

  • Self-harm

  • Assault 

  • Abuse 

My approach

Inside Out Counselling came from the belief that our bodies are greatly affected by our minds. A lot of the physical pains we experience can be linked to our mental struggles. Therapy can help to explore this, helping to heal our minds as well as our bodies.


I can offer a warm, safe environment to help explore your problems without passing judgement. No one is more of an expert on your life than you and I want to understand and work through your problems with you. I value your experiences and what you bring to our sessions. We will work together in order to build confidence, independence, and resilience to improve and maintain your wellbeing.  


I have always been a part of a multidisciplinary team and therefore use methods and strategies from a variety of approaches, all depending on with whom I'm working. This integrative approach allows me to tailor each session to your specific needs and experiences. It is important to me to ensure you are getting the most appropriate support that works for you. I may use techniques from various counselling models such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Brief Solution Focused, Gestalt, Mindfulness, Person-Centred, as well as other methods. If you're going through a difficult time or would just like to discuss feelings or thoughts you can’t cope with, please get in touch.

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