© 2019 by Meredith El-Jawhari, PhD. 

Please note that due to the Covid-19 virus and the necessity for social distancing I no longer offer face to face counselling.  I can however offer telephone counselling for £20 per session.  I am aware of much anxiety, both financial and otherwise so would like to offer my support in as many ways as I can. 

Please note that these changes are not reflected in some of the sections below. Telephone counselling is not appropriate for certain issues. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. 

Please look after yourselves and your loved ones at this time. 




Hello, my name is Meredith and I am a fully qualified and BACP registered psychotherapist. 

Life can be challenging at times and I offer a calm, safe space where you can begin to gain clarity about the things that are troubling you, whether these things are happening now or have happened in the past. All of us have been through tough times when few things seem to make sense or we feel a bit lost. You may have been through a defined trauma, you may know exactly what you want help with or you maybe can't put your finger on what is troubling you. Occasionally we all need that extra bit of help and deciding to reach out for it is a good first step. If this is your first or fifth decision to seek counselling then I hope there is enough information here to help you make a decision. 

I work with individuals in face-to-face counselling from a comfortable room in my home in Penarth. 

I am primarily a person-centered therapist and all this means is that I believe and work with the idea that people have an innate ability to heal themselves and my responsibility is to provide a safe, non-judgemental, compassionate space where you can get to know yourself better, perhaps relate to others better or differently, to find good balance in your life and to find your own 'story'.

I have also been trained as an existential therapist and this means I can help you come to terms with the dilemmas of living and finding meaning and direction in your life.

I do not coach or offer advice or suggestions but work with you to find what works for you. 

Therapy can be rewarding but can also be challenging. Therapy can involve talking about difficult aspects of your life and you may experience uncomfortable feelings which it is why it is important for you to find the right therapist for you. Therapy can also be full of hope, change for the better, recognising existing strengths, seeing your life in new ways and having more clarity. 

After completing a BSc (HONS) and a PhD. both in Psychology and both at the University of Warwick, I moved to the USA to complete a post-doc and work as a research psychologist. 


While there I left work to raise a family.


After fourteen years away, I returned to the UK in 2006 and soon began to re-train as a psychotherapist and gained my diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. Since that time I have been a volunteer at Cruse Bereavement and since 2013 have been a volunteer at New Pathways in both Newport and Cardiff. 

I have a large portfolio of continuing professional development courses and continue to add to my professional training every year. 

I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) registration number 199398.

As a member of the BACP I follow their Ethical Framework for Good Practice which sets out the standards I am expected to comply with as a psychotherapy professional.

I have an enhanced DBS certificate.


I deal with a wide variety of issues but have experience and interest in the following areas;

  • Anxiety and depression

  • Persistent low mood

  • Grief, bereavement and loss

  • Childhood trauma and abuse

  • Sexual assault and rape trauma

  • Domestic violence

  • Support for family members of people who have suffered from traumatic events.

  • Exploring identity and meaning

  • Significant life events/changes

  • Students training to become psychotherapists 



Please contact me if you have questions or if you would like to arrange an appointment.