Gien Donovan MBACP (Snr. Accred) UKRCP and BUPA registered.

Gien Donovan MBACP (Snr. Accred) UKRCP and BUPA registered.

Isbourne Centre
4 Wolseley Terrace
GL50 1TH

07563 616 779

Save profile

Isbourne Centre
4 Wolseley Terrace
GL50 1TH

07563 616 779

About me

The Isbourne Centre is right in the centre of Cheltenham and yet you'll find it's a peaceful and quiet place to talk.

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, 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 also 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 or via my website giendonovan-talking
Our initial meeting is exploratory in order 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 Family Therapy, Bridge Foundation Bristol
2002 - 2005 Teens in Crisis
2002 - 2005 Childhood bereavement training
2003 - 2007 Family Project GCS

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

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

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.


My fees:

£49-£59 (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 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.

Further information

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

Cheltenham, GL50 1TH

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: Dutch


I work on Tuesday and Thursday. My first appointment is at 8 a.m. and my last appointment at 6.30 p.m.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
We love feedback