Gary Fielder BSc (Hons) PGDip MBACP - Counsellor & Life Coach
3 Malt House Close
Are you considering counselling or life coaching but are unsure which is right for you? I provide both these services in an integrated and flexible way to help you face a wide range of life's difficulties and challenges.
My approach to counselling and life coaching has a Person-Centred foundation but is also integrative in that other approaches and philosophies inform my practice. For example, the existential approach helps us face some of the raw givens of our lives, such as death, responsibility, connection with others, making choices, search for meaning, etc.
My practice is based on mutual respect, acceptance, trust, genuineness, empathic understanding and a belief in the existence of resources within you, the client. That somewhere within, you have the capacity to solve your own problems, but those solutions may be somewhat hidden from you. That my being with you and on your side, and sharing my thoughts, feelings and experiences, can shed light and help you discover those hidden resources and hence your own solutions to your problems.
In addition to my private practice based in Old Windsor, I have worked at Thames Hospice in Windsor in the field of bereavement and end of life counselling and at Royal Holloway University in Egham providing student counselling. I also provide external counselling support to the employees of a major education establishment.
As a Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) I adhere to their Ethical Framework and Code of Conduct with a high level of professionalism.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been counselling since 2004 and coaching since 2006 and am a BACP Registered Member on the BACP Accredited Voluntary Register (No 050726). I have the following qualifications and training:
Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling (BACP accredited), at Thames Valley University (Masters Prog)
Certificate of Higher Education in Counselling at East Berks College / Bucks & Chilterns University College
BSc (Hons) in Psychology and Computing at the Open University
Coaching training at BT
Additional training includes:
Bereavement and grief counselling
Solution focused counselling
Presentation and negotiation skills
Guilt and shame
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Child related issues
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Work life balance
Career change and job satisfaction
Stress management and reduction
Life skills or social skills
Decision making and motivation
Personal development, growth and self awareness
Low self worth
Life changing events
Loss of meaning or purpose in life
Counselling and Life Coaching services are delivered on a one to one basis at my practice in Old Windsor.
Sessions usually last 60 minutes and the fee is £40 payable at each session in cash or by cheque.
The first session aims to understand more about the issue or difficulty you would like to address, why you think you have this problem and how we might work together to seek change. I will also explain more about counselling and the commitments we would both make to the process. Most of the first session is actually experiencing the process of counselling. The fee for the first session is also £40.
Missed sessions or late cancellations (less than 24 hours notice) are charged at £20.
Counselling sessions are normally held weekly, but not necessarily on the same day at the same time, and we would book from week to week. Further details are explained in the initial session.
The likely length of counselling would normally be discussed during the first two or three sessions and subject to periodic review. Counselling can be long term depending the issues that are uncovered and how deep you wish to explore them. However, counselling can be short term too. Until we start to explore and uncover the issues that are affecting your life, it is difficult to predict.
Life coaching services also take place at the practice in Old Windsor. The frequency of coaching sessions can more flexible than counselling and are not necessarily weekly. Sometimes a mix of face to face and telephone support is helpful.
Coaching usually requires a minimum of four sessions but can be significantly more.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday to Friday only with some evening appointments available
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|