Gabriel Lodge, MBACP
0117 968 5172 / 07799 790747
Do you feel stuck, confused or overwhelmed? Have you lost touch with what you want from your life? Do you feel at a turning point, facing decisions that seem impossible to make?. I believe that as individuals, the answers lie within us, even if, at times, they may seem out of reach. As your counsellor, I will listen, offering guidance and support; I will not advise or judge. I work with a wide variety of people of different ages and walks of life. My background is in person-centred counselling. I trained in this discipline at the University of Bristol. I volunteer and supervise for Cruse Bereavement Care.
On occasion I offer counselling to those unable to travel, due to hospitalisation or immobility. I am pleased to discuss if appropriate.
How counselling can help you
We all encounter difficult times in our lives. Asking for help when everything seems hopeless or out of control can be a positive first step. At times like this, counselling can be helpful, practical and comforting, and I offer a safe space in which to work together and support you. The past will have an impact on what happens in our lives, and equally, many people experience anxiety about the future. These are not to be ignored, but as someone who practises Mindfulness, I will frequently bring this into my work, as a way of being present in the moment. This can be very motivating and energising and can encourage you towards a more fulfilling life.
Who can benefit?
I have worked with clients of ages ranging from early 20's to late 70's, presenting with issues including:
bereavement and loss
depression, stress, anxiety
affairs and betrayals
dilemmas and life choices
How I work
I offer one-to-one sessions, usually weekly, but we can negotiate what suits you best. By allowing you the space to step outside of your everyday world and giving you the time that you need we can work on what you are finding most difficult. I am approachable, down to earth, practical. This may be exactly what you need the most.
Please contact me my text, email or telephone so that we can discuss anything you may wish to ask.
What my clients have said about our work together
Some feedback that my clients have given about their experience of working with me:
"You gave me the freedom to feel in control of our sessions."
"Our weekly sessions created a routine; I felt as though I could depend on you."
"You allowed me the space to say whatever I wanted, or sometimes not to say
anything at all."
Training, qualifications & experience
Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling, University of Bristol
Registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, (BACP).
I work from an integrative perspective, drawing on different elements of humanistic counselling, including CBT, Gestalt, Transactional Analysis and existential approaches. Mindfulness is something that I practise in my everyday life, and elements of this will often permeate the counselling.
Volunteer and supervisor with Cruse Bereavement Care
Volunteer placement with Hopes Place, working with clients experiencing pregnancy and infertility difficulties along with still birth and post-natal depression.
3 years' experience of working with a community-based agency.
Trained in Therapeutic use of Mindfulness with the British Mindfulness Institute
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Emotional abuse
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Postnatal depression
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I offer an initial session for a one-off fee of £20, to enable both of us to get an idea of what it would be like to work together. If we both agree, and you decide to continue, my fee is £40 for daytime sessions, £45 for evenings, after 6.30pm. Sessions are for 55 minutes I offer discounted rates if you choose to make advance payment. Please ask me about this if it is of interest to you.
Sessions are usually weekly, but I offer the possibility of fortnightly if this is more manageable for you. Please mention this if you think it would suit you and we can discuss what would work best for you.
I am passionately committed to providing as comfortable a setting as I can, in the belief that it contributes to bringing you into the best frame of mind for counselling. I work from home in Sea Mills, North Bristol. This is very close to Westbury-on-Trym, Coombe Dingle, Henleaze and Stoke Bishop, but away from the congestion of people, parking and shops. Clifton and Redland are 5 minutes drive away. There is easy access from the Portway and bus routes 3 and 4. My practice is a 10 minute walk from Sea Mills Station. There is plenty of parking, safe, dry storage for a bicycle, and wheelchair access is possible.
Please contact me by text message: 07799 790747:
telephone: 0117 968 5172
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Daytime and evening appointments: I actively encourage flexibility with clients, not necessarily the same time each week. Regular times are also available. Hospital visits can be arranged
Types of client