Gaynor Boileau MSc, BSc Psych, MBACP (Accred)
Lower Leam Street
I offer CBT counselling and psychotherapy in Leamington Spa for adults and couples, specialising in anxiety and stress, relationship issues, depression and managing anger.
Counselling gives you time to understand your feelings and reactions and to recover and learn from difficult experiences. The kind of counselling I offer focuses on your aims and goals so that you can move towards living life with a fuller sense of well-being as quickly as possible.
My approach integrates CBT with helpful aspects of other approaches such as Mindfulness, where appropriate. Every session is an opportunity for therapeutic conversation in confidence and, if you want to tackle a specific problem, we focus on manageable strategies to help you to make changes as quickly as possible. A first session always involves a joint assessment so that we can decide how to make sure your counselling is worthwhile.
Talking therapy is much more likely to be effective if you can trust and work well with your counsellor. Research tells us that this is more important than the type of help you receive. If you feel anxious about the next step, please phone me so that you can get a first impression of how well we might work together. There is no obligation to book a session. I also have a website at www.sfcounselling.co.uk which gives more information.
Training, qualifications & experience
2013: BACP Registration No:022638
2010: BACP Accreditation MBACP (Accred)
2014: Diploma in Education
2010: MSc Psychotherapy (Distinction)
2009: Advanced Diploma in the Supervision of Counsellors & Psychotherapists
2007: Diploma in the Theory and Practice of Counselling
2006: BSc (Honours) Psychology
2005: Certificate in Counselling Skills
Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
2015: Teaching and supervising CBT (Beck Institute, Philadephia).
2015: Updated Safeguarding, Equality & Diversity and WRAP training
2014: Hypnotherapy for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP Endorsed)
2013: Eating Disorders and the Application of Core Clinical Interventions
2013: Working with Trauma: Dr Melanie Stevens
2013: Masterclass in CBT with Windy Dryden
2012: EMDR Level 1: EMDR Extra
2012: Holding the Line: Legal Issues of Supervision
2012: Mindfulness: From Theory to Practice
2009: Recognising and Responding to Psychological Distress: NHS
2008: Using a Solution-Focused Approach
2008: Using Motivational Interviewing
2008: Working with Self-Injury
2005: Working with Complicated Grief: NOCN
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Child related issues
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID)
Living with a Cancer Diagnosis
Living with a Mental Health Diagnosis
Suicide of a relative
Some clients prefer to have an initial telephone consultation (free of charge) and others prefer to book a first face-to-face assessment session.
I keep statistics on the average length of therapy with me and this is currently 6 sessions including assessment. If we agree to work together after the first session, I recommend booking a further three appointments. This may be all you need. Of course, some people will choose longer term therapy; this is a decision we make together. Whatever we agree when we meet, it is okay to end counselling at any time, even after the first session.
My fee for an individual 60 minute counselling/psychotherapy session is £65. Couples sessions are 90 minutes long and the fee is £100.
When budgeting for counselling sessions, consider the length of therapy as well as the cost of each session. While weekly sessions are usually helpful, especially at first, it is not necessary to attend a weekly therapy session to make progress. Please contact me to discuss the fees you can expect to pay and to consider the appropriate length of session and likely length of our work together.
I am usually able to offer a first session within two to three weeks. When you make contact, please let me know your availability to attend sessions. I offer appointments on Tuesdays and Fridays and I have some availability on Monday evenings. Please note that some times are popular so you are likely to get an appointment sooner if you are able to be flexible.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I have limited availability as I am also a clinical supervisor and counselling lecturer. However, please contact me and, if I am unable to offer you an appointment, I can suggest a referral.
Types of client
Supervision & training
I trained as a clinical supervisor, gaining an Advanced Diploma in the Supervision of Counsellors & Psychotherapists from Warwick University in 2009.View supervision profile