Gerhard Pretorius (B.A., MSc.) (Reg. UKCP, HCPC)

Gerhard Pretorius  (B.A., MSc.) (Reg. UKCP, HCPC)



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About me

About me:

I am a UKCP registered psychotherapist who helps individuals, couples and families with difficulties like depression, anxiety, childhood behavior difficulties / parenting, couple and relationship issues, family issues, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder, phobias and eating disorders. I use a variety of approaches and methods, including Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (a form of behavioral therapy), Systemic Psychotherapy, and some Cognitive & Behavioral therapies for couples and families. I have worked with individuals, families and children at all levels of the NHS and Social Care Services for the past 16 years. I have extensive experience helping children and young people (teenagers).

The First Session.

You are welcome to call me or send me an e-mail to arrange an appointment. We might have a brief conversation and arrange a time and place to meet. During our first appointment we might talk about what brought you to therapy and discuss what you wish to get from therapy sessions. We will also consider what strengths you have that can support your progress towards your goals. Rather than telling you what your goals are or what you should do, I will work with you to identify them. Together we will also identify which therapeutic approach and method might be helpful for you.

I make use of Feedback Informed Therapy (FIT), an evidence based approach to using feedback and outcome measures to enhance the outcomes of therapy. We will also make us of other measures appropriate to what you wish to achieve (usually questionnaires) to track and monitor progress in sessions.

If it's clear enough how to proceed we might then write a Service Delivery Agreement together. This agreement will describe your stated reasons / motivations for seeking services, agreed upon goals / purpose/preferences for services, agreed upon means and methods (including type and frequency of sessions).

If you are coming to see me as a couple I might ask for separate follow up meetings with each partner, in order to explore each partner's own unique points of view, histories, goals and strengths prior to starting further treatment sessions. If you are coming to see me as a family I will usually see as many family members as possible together unless agreed otherwise. I will usually follow a similar process to the one described above with families, but will include views from all family members in setting goals.

Follow up sessions:

Follow up sessions will usually start with a review of progress since the last session. I often agree tasks or 'experiments' with clients to try in between sessions. These are usually suggested because they might help you progress towards your goals. These are often reviewed at the start of sessions.

You will usually be also be asked what else you would like to discuss. We will usually explore and discuss different themes, therapeutic techniques or skills that help you progress towards your goals and the things that you value in life. each sessions we will also review progress using the outcome measures (questionnaires) introduced to you in the first session.

After each session I might ask you to briefly discuss your experience of the session. Previous research has shown that therapists often misjudge how useful sessions were to clients. I will usually ask you to complete a Session Rating Scale designed to help me see whether sessions are working for you. This gives us a chance to address whether you feel listened to, whether we are talking about the right things, and whether the approach we use in sessions are helpful to you.

How long does treatment take?

Treatment times often differ depending on how long a problem has been around and how complex it is. Despite this I would usually expect to see some meaningful changes early on in sessions (usually the first 6-8 sessions, sometimes earlier.) If no change has taken place in the first 6-8 sessions I would usually discuss this with you, and we would explore the reasons for this. We might then agree a change in approach or direction. If this does not help you progress then I might not be the right therapist for you and we could discuss ending sessions or a referral to another professional. All decisions will be made collaboratively with you.

Training, qualifications & experience

I trained at the Institute of Family Therapy and Birkbeck, University of London. I also completed further supervision training at the Tavistock Clinic in London.

I hold the following degrees:

B.A. (Social Sciences)(Hons)(Social Work)
MSc. (Systemic & Family Psychotherapy)
I also hold the Tavistock Qualification in Systemic & Family Psychotherapy Supervision.

I am a member of the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC), the United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapy, the Institute of Family Therapy, Association of Family Therapy, and Association for Contextual and Behavioural Science (ACBS)

I have extensive experience (16 years) working in both local authorities and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in the National Health Service (NHS). I also supervise other therapists as a Systemic & Family Psychotherapy Supervisor.

I have additional training in:

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy
Cognitive & Behavioural Therapy with Families and Couples
Gottman Couples Therapy
Collaborative Strengths-Based Brief Family Therapy Approaches
Attachment Based Family Therapy for Depressed Adolescents (Diamond & Levy)
Feedback Informed Therapy

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have extensive experience in working with young people (both children and adolescents.)


Individual Sessions: £40
Couple and Family Sessions: £75

(Please note that the above fees are indications. Fees are usually negotiated based on the individual or families circumstances.)

I am also able to see BUPA clients.

Further information

I usually ask the clients complete payment for a session before the session starts.

Maps & Directions

Rochford, SS4

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: Afrikaans


I have some appointments available after 5pm or weekends.

Types of client

Young people
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