Gien Donovan MBACP (Snr. Accred) UKRCP and BUPA registered.
4 Wolseley Terrace
07563 616 779
I realise that it can be hard to make that initial telephonecall and ask for a counselling appointment. However, in my experience TALKING DOES HELP, particularly when you speak with a qualified therapist, who can think along with you about your specific issues in a non-judgmental and approachable manner.
I am a Senior Accredited practitioner with a broad base of experience, having worked with a wide range of client issues/difficulties, from anger management and depression to bereavement and child related issues. People that come to see me include individuals, couples and families. I am happy to work with people of all age-groups.
I began my training with Gloucestershire Counselling Service (GCS) in Stroud and qualified as a psychodynamic counsellor in 1998. I became accredited in 2000. I continue to engage with further training opportunities with a view to broadening my thinking. This has included Family Therapy with The Bridge Foundation in Bristol and the Family Project in Stroud.
I am in private practice at The Isbourne Centre, based in the centre of Cheltenham. My consulting room is in a quiet location and offers a comfortable space to explore your issues and needs. The setting is private, safe and confidential. There is ample car parking space around the Town Hall area and Rodney Road carpark is right opposite the building,
To find out whether what I offer is what you need, please contact me on 07563 616 779.
Our initial meeting is an 'exploratory session', in order for you to see whether what I offer is right for you.
Training, qualifications & experience
1995 - 2000 Psychodynamic Therapy
1999 - 2000 Chronic Fatigue Syndrome specialist training
2002 - 2004 working with couples and families - Bridge Foundation Bristol
2002 - 2005 Teens in Crisis
2002 - 2005 Childhood bereavement training
2003 - 2007 Family Project GCS
2005 - 2007 Infant Observation
1998 - Diploma Psychodynamic Counselling
2000 - completed Graduate Training GCS
2000 - Accreditation MBACP, UKRCP registered
2010 - Senior Accredited
Regular Continuing Professional Development
1998 - onwards Working with individuals on a wide range of presenting problems.
1999 - 2004 Working with people who suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME
2002 - 2005 Working with young people and their specific issues
2002 - 2011 Experience of supporting bereaved children and their families.
2003 - onwards Working with couples.
2003 - onwards Working with families, or with individuals whilst keeping the family in mind.
2005 - 2011 Working with individuals who have suffered a childhood bereavement.
2011 - 2013 Working with Foster carers and their specific issues
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I will see a client for an initial exploratory session, in which an assessment is made. If I feel at any time that the client needs more specialised intervention, I will assist in an onwards referral.
- Pre-bereavement issues i.e. when a terminal illness has been diagnosed. That is often a time in life when it is good to talk.
- I work with general parenting issues and will also work with mothers/fathers and babies where necessary, in order for parents to gain confidence in their parenting skills.
£49-£55 (sliding scale) working with individuals
£65-£80 (sliding scale) working with couples or families
Concessions are considered in specific circumstances.
Availability: I work weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and a session will last 50 minutes, or one hour if working with couples or families. I work both early morning as well as into the evening, in order for clients to be able to engage with therapy on an ongoing basis.
I have extensive experience in bereavement issues, particularly in bereavement In childhood.
This includes generic death as well as bereavement through suicide or murder/manslaughter.
I am BUPA registered.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I work on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. I try and see clients throughout the day, with both early morning and early evening appointments whenever possible.
Types of client