Gary Parsons, MBACP (Registered), MNCS (Accred)
Burnham On Sea
07724 321830 / 07724 321830
I offer a Professional and Confidential Counselling service in the Burnham-on-Sea, Highbridge and Bridgwater areas of Somerset.
Affordable, Effective Counselling sessions on Days, Evenings and Saturdays.
Are you Feeling Overwhelmed or Stressed Out?
Do you have a personal goal that you are struggling to reach?
Or just feeling like you could do with some support or someone who listens to you?!
There are endless reasons why people just like you feel like seeking some additional support. Whatever your concerns getting in touch can be the first step to getting things back on track.
If you are feeling anxious about getting in touch, or wonder if your problem is too big, or not big enough, that's OK - together we'll take a look at whatever your situation is, and work together to help you get things feeling more like you'd like them to be.
What are the potential BENEFITS of Counselling?
It could be you find ways to reduce stress or improve your work/life balance. Discussing things in our sessions may help you figure out what you need from others, and how to communicate this effectively. In my experience, a small change can often create a ripple effect, giving you additional unexpected momentum in other areas of your life, for example, as a result you may find you have better sleep!
Talking therapies can provide insights that lead to fewer arguments with loved ones, or resilience, such as the ability to be assertive and deal with your bully of a boss! Whatever your experience has been, having the chance to get things off your chest, feel really listened to and understood, come to terms with events or figure out what you'd like life to be like and how to achieve that, can be a worthwhile investment and rewarding process.
Why choose Gary as your Counsellor?!
I do my best to work in a straightforward, jargon free, down to earth way. My approach is based on your personal situation and experiences, and always at a pace chosen by you. I try to ensure you feel in control of our sessions and provide regular opportunities to review our work together.
Following your initial enquiry, I'll get back to you ASAP! I don't like waiting lists either, so I aim to reply promptly in order to answer any questions or arrange our first meeting.
The time and space I offer is dedicated solely to YOU, to use in a purposeful, YOU focused way. There are no interruptions or distractions. You dictate the pace - I won't rush you, your number of sessions is not limited. We can review how we are doing regularly; when you reach a point where you feel you have achieved what you wanted to, you can decide to end your sessions.
I won't tell you what to do, or judge the decisions you've made or path you choose to move forward; unlike a relationship with a friend or family member I have no agenda, other than supporting and helping you to live your life the way you want to, as the best version of yourself.
How do I start?
Simply clicking the 'EMAIL ME' red button at the top of the profile will allow you to provide details which I will respond to to get things started.
I offer one, FREE Initial Meeting to help you feel more relaxed about deciding if I am the right person to help you.
In this meeting we can begin to get to know each other - this a relaxed informal occasion where you can ask questions and figure out if you'd like to proceed with further sessions. There is no 'hard sell' - you choose if you'd like to continue.
If you feel positively about the meeting, and believe working together would be a positive experience, we can discuss days and times that would be good for you to meet on, the purpose of our sessions, and how we will know when the time is right to complete our work together (I review how we are doing regularly to make sure things are on track for you!)
I didn't get to a place where I was able to help others without having my own counselling, so I definitely won't be judging anyone who has the motivation to come and meet with me when life throws stuff up at us like it likes to do. Knowing I can seek support again and deal with things is a reassuring feeling - one you can have too - I look forward to hearing from you!
Training, qualifications & experience
My approach to working is known as Integrative - in a nutshell this means my training enables me to draw from a range of theories and skills within a framework to help guide me in my work with you as our sessions progress.
- Accredited National Counselling Society Member
- Registered British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Member
- Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
- Level 4 Diploma in Counselling
- Level 4 Certificate in Approaches to Addictive Behaviour
- Level 3 Advanced Certificate In Counselling
- Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
My Counselling experience to date includes my independent practice, as well as working within a Counselling Agency (with whom I remain involved), working within a Hostel housing individuals at risk of offending or homelessness, and within a Large Secondary School environment.
I engage in regular Continued Professional Development (CPD) days, attending workshops and training days in order to continue learning.
Outside of the counselling room, I’ve worked in a range of supportive environments which has allowed me to work with a very varied demographic of individuals, teaching me patience, compassion and illustrating the capacity to change, which I firmly believe lies in each of us.
Helping individuals manage their mental health and compulsive behaviours, working alongside offenders trying to reintegrate into society while managing substance misuse issues or offending behaviour and supporting Autistic individuals to express themselves, develop their independence and links within the community, are just some of the roles I've enjoyed, each contributing to my life experiences.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Initial meeting (approx 30-40 minutes) which I offer you FREE OF CHARGE.
This provides an opportunity to discuss how counselling may be of use to you, to explore your circumstances, hopes and expectations for our work together, and to ask any questions you have.
I'll explain my confidentiality policies and give you a bit more information about how I work.
- Standard Individual counselling sessions are £30.00 (50 minutes).
Sessions are booked at an initial frequency of one appointment per week. Frequency adjustments may be discussed during session reviews.
Payment of fees is made at the end of each session, currently payment accepted is Cash or Paypal. Receipts can be provided.
If you have any further queries or need to know more, please don't hesitate to contact me - there's no such thing as a silly question!
I work from several locations in Somerset; all are community buildings. This has several advantages for you;
- It allows you to select an easy to find location that is most convenient to you,
- Good free parking,
- Within walking distance of regular bus routes,
- Have ground floor access for chair users or those who struggle with stairs,
- Clean accessible toilet facilities,
- Provide a safe, warm, comfortable private setting to talk in.
Currently I am able to offer appointments from;
- The BAY Centre, Burnham on Sea/Highbridge
- Westfield United Reformed Church, Bridgwater (Next to the Fair Field)
Maps and detailed directions are available on my website.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Evening appointments available in addition to daytimes. Limited Saturday appointments currently.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|