I think I’d like to come and see a counsellor. But tell me more about counselling and what does a counsellor do…
Person centred counselling recognises that everyone has the potential to grow and develop to become the best that they can. To enable this to happen I provide a secure, trusting relationship where you can discuss your concerns without the fear of being judged. You will be able to explore and work with me to bring new understanding to your situation as I reflect honestly on what I hear. You will be supported through the process of change as you make sense of what has happened and decide how you can find a way forward.
There are many different approaches to counselling and you can find more details about them here
I can work with you in the following areas:
- Child related issues
- Emotional abuse
- Personal difficulties
- Self esteem
- Loss and grief
- Family issues
- Work related issues
- Divorce & separation
- Managing change
Counselling sessions are confidential and information is not disclosed without permission from you, the exception being circumstances where I am legally required to do so. If your employer has referred you, or you have been referred by your GP, they will know you are attending but they will not be told what has been discussed. Any written communication is shared with you.
As a professional counsellor I am required to have a supervisor who I speak to regularly about my work. Supervision is for the safety of clients to ensure they have the best service, but I will not identify you in these discussions except by your given name (with your permission).
I do not work with people I know, colleagues or those who have very close links to people I know.
You have the opportunity to talk about your concerns and issues; you can make sense of your feelings. You will be met with acceptance and understanding; whether you want to cry or laugh you will not be judged and you can be yourself. As counsellor I will accept your decision to talk about current issues or things from the past; it is up to you.
I also use other starting points that can help different clients including artwork, using resource cards, worksheets, leaflets, internet resources and occasionally other objects such as stones or other natural materials.
I am located in Hucclecote, GL3, not far from the centre of Gloucester and on the number 10 bus route. It is about fifteen minutes from Junction 11A of the M5. I am easily reached from Gloucester (Barnwood, Brockworth and Abbeymead), Cheltenham and Churchdown.[See Practicalities]
I have a Facebook Business page where you can find links to support pages, news and research about counselling.
I do not offer an emergency support service and suggest that you call one the following:
Your GP or out of hours surgery who will direct you to your local services
Samaritans who offer a 24/7 service and who are always willing to listen.
You can contact the Samaritans by either phoning 0800 116 123 or by visiting their local websites:
Cheltenham & district
Gloucester & district