Felicity Tutton MBACP (Accred)
Hello, welcome to my profile and to my private practice, 'Hope Matters Counselling'.
As an experienced BACP accredited counsellor, and also an enthusiastic trainee psychotherapist, I have much experience in working with adults, couples, young people, children, and families.
At times in our lives, we may all, and yes, I include myself here, need people outside our family and friends to turn to. Those we love can be too close emotionally, or maybe are themselves trying to work through the same loss, etc, that we are. Hence choosing someone who is both independent, and also qualified to offer therapeutic support, can really make sense.
You may be exploring having therapy for many reasons, so I'd like you to know that anything that feels important to you is welcome here! Examples of issues that I work with include:
Challenging marital, family, or other, relationship issues; loss and bereavement; low self esteem and confidence; feeling stuck, finding it hard getting back on your feet; having something you need to get off your chest.
Maybe you would value support with issues around your mental health, which is an area I am particularly passionate about. I believe that being human means at times we can all struggle with our mental health, which can be affected by many factors, e.g. stress, financial and work pressure, illness, weather (the 'winter blues'), our chemical make up.
I find it frustrating, and unnecessary, that even in this 21st century, we can still come up against the proverbial 'elephant in the room' attitude towards mental health....i.e. it's there but not talked about. I am devoted to working alongside people who want to learn to understand, manage and look after their own mental health. During my time as a therapist, I have gained valuable training and experience and so really welcome meeting you if you would like help with issues including:
anxiety, stress, panic attacks; depression; difficulties resulting from attachment issues, or trauma or abuse, e.g. post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), dissociation; personality 'disorders'. (See 'Other areas of counselling below').
I offer both long and short term therapy, which we can start exploring together when we first meet. Your choice can depend on a combination of factors, including issues you are bringing and what you are hoping to gain. Also this first session is a chance for you to ask any questions you may have. It allows you time to sense if I am someone you would like to work with, and also allows me to be comfortable that I can support you with what you are bringing.
Counselling offers a confidential and non-judgemental space where I will always accept you for who you are. Through the therapeutic relationship we build between us I will support you to e.g.: gain greater self-awareness about your own processes plus self-compassion and acceptance; complete any unfinished business; explore new choices available to you; set appropriate boundaries. By 'support' I mean we will work together on your goals.
I also work holistically, believing that as human beings we cannot separate our bodies, minds and emotions. In sessions, for example, I can help you learn to notice and pay attention to sensations arising within your body, which may otherwise go unnoticed. Such feelings often contain important messages, e.g. that you are feeling anxious or are angry. Our bodies can offer us valuable means of support if we become more in tune with them.
There will also be regular opportunities for us to review how your therapy is going. Endings are an important part of the process, so we will plan together for an ending that is satisfying and supportive to you.
As a Christian, I enjoy sharing journeys with people from different, same or from no faith backgrounds. I love diversity and and am often told I have a deep level of empathy and understanding for others. This I believe comes partly from my own valued experiences of being in therapy, which has been a significant part of helping me work through tangles in my personal life journey.
And finally...as an ancient Chinese proverb says,
"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step".
If you feel ready to step out on that journey and would like to find a fellow traveller to accompany you, then I look forward to hearing from you. N.B. I am away from 22nd September until 1st October on a training course and the best way to contact me during this time is by email. Thank you!
Training, qualifications & experience
Qualifications, training and experience:
My qualifications include:
- CPCAB Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling (core models - Person Centred, Psychodynamic and CBT. I also draw from - Creative therapy; Transactional Analaysis (TA); Mindfulness; Sensorimotor psychotherapy; Compassion Focussed Therapy)
- MSc (in progress) in Gestalt (*) Psychotherapy at The Metanoia Institute, London. This supports my passion to work relationally and with deeper issues arising from early life experiences. It includes various placements with Mental Health trusts, so giving me insight into these services, medication, etc.
(*) Gestalt is a German word meaning 'whole', i.e. holistic. It supports people to become aware of their processes, how these are impacting their lives at the moment and to explore new choices available. I will support you to look at how things are co-created, e.g. in any relationship between two people, both are impacting the other.
- CSTD Bath, where I am currently studying for my Diploma in therapeutic supervision
- BEd (Hons) in primary teaching
- Post Graduate Diploma in Special Educational Needs (Visual Impairment)
I am a member of the following professional bodies:
- BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists), as a Registered and accredited member (MBACP Accred)
- UKCP (United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapists), as a trainee Psychotherapist
- ACC (Association of Christian Counsellors), as a registered member
- UKAGP (United Kingdom Association of Gestalt Practitioners), as a trainee member
- TAG (Trauma and Abuse Group)
- SCPN (Swindon Counsellors and Psychotherapists Network)
A little more about me.
In 2014, I set up 'Hope Matters Counselling' because I wanted to offer support to people from all ages and stages of life who were looking for warm, confidential and supportive counselling.
As well as my private practice, I am also a senior peripatetic counsellor with a Gloucestershire charity offering counselling to young people aged 9 - 21 years.
Until recently, I volunteered for five years as a counsellor with Willows Counselling Service in Swindon, where I gained a wealth of training and experience in working with trauma and disrupted attachment.
Counselling and psychotherapy weren't my original background. Previously, I worked as a primary teacher, before moving into special needs education where I specialised in working with young people aged 0 - 18 year who were registered either blind or visually impaired. I chose to retrain as a counsellor as I realised that my real passion was in supporting people of all ages in a more holistic way.
My redirection also results from my appreciation of having my own therapy space to explore, and move forwards from, difficulties stemming from my own early infant and childhood experiences. Through this, I appreciate the value of being able to work longer term and the significance of developing a good working relationship with my therapist. Research has shown that this relationship is more important than the type of therapy chosen.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I am also passionate about working with:
- People who have been 'diagnosed' with personality 'disorders' (e.g. borderline personality) and asked to find their own therapy. I prefer to call these personality 'adaptations' or 'disrupted attachment issues' as see them as arising, through no fault of our own, from relationships often in early life. I can offer you support with these adaptations in a relational, non-shaming way, which can be alongside any medication you may be taking.
- Survivors of trauma and abuse. I practice safely, where the initial focus is on supporting you to develop capacity to manage the intense, confusing symptoms you are experiencing. Developing appropriate boundaries is also an important part of this first stage. I will never push you to recall and express memories of your experience before this is in place.
- Student counsellors needing their own therapy.
- Individuals of any age with learning and phsyical disabilities, impairments, etc
- Cultural diversity
As a trainee supervisor, I have a few supervision places available. Please contact me to talk about these. I work at the moment with student counsellors training in an Integrative modality (Person Centred and Psychodynamic) and am also open to working with counsellors at different stages of their careers.
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£45 for individual therapy - 60 minutes (£30 reduced fee for initial session)
£40 for individual therapy (under 18s) - 50 minutes (£30 reduced fee for initial session)
£55 for couples/family therapy - 60 minutes (£40 reduced fee for initial session)
I feel these sessions fees reflect my experience, BACP Accreditation and my commitment to further psychotherapy training. My choice to work from my own private and confidential room means that I don't pass onto you overheads associated with working from a commercial building.
However, I believe that therapy should be available to everyone, so am able to offer a some day time concessions to those on low income and student counsellors needing their own therapy. Please talk to me if this would be helpful.
I accept payment by cash, cheque and bank transfer.
I offer day time or early evening sessions during the week. Counselling usually works best when we can meet on the same day and time each week, although I can sometimes be accommodating if shift work means you need greater flexibility.
Venue information OR further information
I use a comfortable, confidential and professional room (See photo). There is free parking by the building, main bus routes close by, a ramp for easy access and same level cloakroom facility.
Being based in Hucclecote, Gloucester, I am within easy reach from other areas too, e.g. Stonehouse, Stroud, the Forest and Cheltenham.
My contact details:
You are welcome to contact me by phone or email. If I unable to answer immediately, I will return your call or message as soon as possible. I look forward to hearing from you.
N.B. I am away from 22nd September until 1st October on a training course and the best way to contact me during this time is by email. Thank you!
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I offer day time sessions during the week, including early mornings and evenings. Please get in touch to see if I have a suitable day and time for you.
Types of client