Bev Gold BA (hons). MA PGCE UKCP MBACP
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I am a warm, supportive and very experienced UKCP and BACP therapist and counsellor in a thriving private practice in West Cambridge, working with individuals and couples.
When you are anxious or depressed, at difficult or distressing times, I recognise that taking the first step to finding a therapist or counsellor takes courage; however, it is a crucial step on the road to feeling a bit more in control of your life. An initial consultation with me lasts about an hour.This gives you a chance to say something about what is troubling you, ask any questions you might have and to explore whether I am the right person for you.Making that decision is partly to do with expertise and partly to do with an intuitive sense of whether we feel we could work well together and that I can offer you the psychological support you need. We can then book regular sessions if you are happy to proceed. Further sessions are usually weekly and last for fifty minutes.
I offer professional support with mental health, relationship or emotional issues in a safe, confidential space where you can talk about your concerns - whether depression, anxiety, low self esteem, bullying, post-natal depression, loss, grief, separation or divorce, or any other troubling concerns - or perhaps you simply want a reflective space to find a way through life's challenges - counselling or psychotherapy may be able to help.
I first began my clinical experience as a counsellor over twenty years ago in a further education college in Essex and then at The Whittington Hospital, London, as an honorary psychotherapist, working in psychiatry,having undertaken rigorous psychotherapy courses in between, which culminated in formal training at The Guild of Psychotherapists. I have also worked as a college lecturer, staff trainer in mental health awareness, supervisor and counsellor in a range of settings including GP surgeries, psychological treatment services at Addenbrooke's and private practice.
Most recently, I headed up the Counselling and Wellbeing services at Anglia Ruskin University for a number of years, offering short term , solution focused counselling as well as some long term support for staff and students, before returning to full-time private practice.
Psychotherapy or counselling can be very helpful in bringing about change in your life, help you deal with stress and improve your emotional wellbeing.
My background and Experience
My background in the field of psychotherapy, counselling, education and training, as well as supervision means I have gained considerable expertise in understanding individuals and offering psychological support.
I have worked extensively with young people and mature women individually or in groups, as well as working with mid-life and wellbeing groups in the voluntary (Charity) sector.
I am currently establishing a new group for women suffering post-natal depression, or simply struggling with motherhood.This is open for self-referrals as well as individual work. Please get in touch if interested in this or any other support you need.I offer help in a crisis or long term work, if that is what you need.
I also offer clinical supervision for trainees or qualified counsellors and therapists - I am a registered supervisor with UKCP -see supervision link below.
My approach is psychodynamic, since I think psychotherapy can help us understand the unconscious processes that influence our lives, relationships and choices. Understanding the impact of past experiences can help us take more control of our lives to make the changes we need.
I work long term or short term for brief, focused work, where I can also offer CBT techniques, if appropriate.
And I work within the BACP ethical framework and UKCP's Ethical Principles and code of professional conduct, both of which help to establish best practice in the field of counselling and psychotherapy for clients.
Couples seek counselling for many reasons.
Sometimes, after years of marriage, couples grow apart,or kids leave home and individual partners find they are strangers who have lost touch with one another's needs; or perhaps you have got stuck in negative ways of relating to each other, or one of you might have strayed off the path of fidelity; or perhaps you simply feel misunderstood by your partner.
These are some of the issues couples bring to couple work. As long as you each bring a commitment to explore the issues as you see them, couple work can be very helpful with a compassionate therapist, able to hear your dilemmas, reflect back, facilitate your processes and help you both find a way through to some clarity, whatever that might be.
I have found, over the years, that one and a half hours of structured time works best for each session, to allow adequate exploration of whatever emerges in order to fully appreciate the complexity of couple work, and find ways towards resolution of difficulties.
Training, qualifications & experience
BA hons., MA., PGCE
Graduate of The Guild of Psychotherapists.
Other trainings/courses and relevant experience that have influenced my work prior to this include courses at:
- The Philadelphia Association -
- The Institute of Group Analysis -
- .Psychosynthesis Institute/Trust -
- In addition:
- Working in psychiatry and Psychological Treatment Services
- I am a member of the following organisations:
- The Guild of Psychotherapists
- United Kingdom Council For Psychotherapy
- Council for Psychoanalysis
- British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists
- I am Bupa Recognised
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have considerable experience working with young people and those in mid-life facing changes.
I am very experienced in working with couples in difficulty.
I offer support to individuals making changes and transitions in their lives.
Initial consultation £60. My fees for individual sessions are from £60 for 50 minute sessions (in certain circumstances, this fee can be reduced - please ask).
Couple work from £90 per one and a half hour session.
Group Work fees on request.
Email or call for an initial consultation, without any obligation.
I am fully Insured.
I have an enhanced CRB check.
My consulting room is in West Cambridge, 5 miles from the city centre of Cambridge, on fast and frequent bus routes ( the City 4 from Cambridge, or St Neots/Cambourne), or a short drive down the Madingley Road,if travelling from Cambridge, in Caldecote, with easy access from the M 11. It is also a few minutes from Cambourne and a short distance from Royston, St. Neots, Huntingdon and surrounding areas, and is close to the 428.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Supervision & training
I have been fortunate in having a richly textured background in supervision.View supervision profile