My experience as a counselling professional is both broad and varied and includes: setting up and managing my own counselling agency, lecturing in HE, training other counselling professionals, providing clinical supervision for both individuals and groups, group therapy, delivering workshops, guest lecturing and conference presenter. I work with clients (both children and adults) suffering from anxiety, stress, panic, trauma and depression.
On a personal level, I am a mum, a daughter, a sister, a niece, a cousin and a friend. I enjoy books, walks, music, good food with open-minded company. The comfort of warm and kind companions. AND, last but not least – a good laugh.
If you'd like to enquire about working with me as your counsellor or supervisor, click the "email me" button above, or visit my website to learn more about what I offer.
“A career of two halves.”
Like many others entering the profession, counselling was a second career for me.The first half of my working life was spent performing as a singer, dancer and actress in theatres, TV, cruise ships, end of pier shows and holiday venues in the UK and abroad. I later progressed into the management of other performers, producing and choreographing many shows over the years and then setting up and running my own successful talent agency.
Helping people to develop, grow and to achieve their dreams has always been a hugely rewarding part of the work that I do and was unquestionably key to my decision to start counsellor training in 2004.
“Every blade of grass has its Angel bending over and whispering, “Grow, grow.” (The Talmud. Chapin & Chapin, 2012).
A dozen years on and the study of the human condition is as fascinating as ever to me and working in the counselling industry is something that I enjoy immensely.
The parallels between the two careers are surprisingly many and I finally feel at that juncture of personal development where I can assimilate and integrate all the learning from both careers into a cohesive useful model of “being” that is helpful to others and unique to me.
“I’m beginning to find me. It’s great.” (Rita in Educating Rita. Willy Russell, 1983).
Training, qualifications & experience
“The Eternal Student.”
I continue to study, research, learn and reflect on self and practice every day.
I attained BACP Accreditation (2014) and a Diploma in Clinical Supervision (2014). I have a Diploma in Counselling (2007) and a Masters Degree in Counselling Studies (2013), receiving Distinctions for my module, ‘Working with Young People’ and also for my dissertation research entitled “A Qualitative Study of Counsellors’ Experiences and Perceptions of the Evolving Political and Professional Environment.”
As the title suggests, I like to keep abreast of developments across the profession, including government initiatives and changes to legislation: particularly pertaining to children and young people.
I’m an avid advocate and representative for adolescents and my research interests include the impact of the digital revolution on children and young people, their emotional development, identity formation (image), sense of self and how they survive and thrive in the digital age.
If you'd like to enquire about how I can help your son or daughter with their difficulties, please click the "email me" button above and let me know how I can help. I work with children and young people from age thirteen suffering from anxiety, stress, panic, trauma, depression, emotional & behavioural difficulties and personality disorder.
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Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Experienced practitioner and supervisor of counsellors working with Children & Young People
Counselling Session - Face to face (North West) or Skype = £40 per hour (60 minutes)
Supervision Session - Face to face (North West) or Skype = £40 per hour (Face to face is recommended for counsellors in training.)
Group Supervision - For organisations, corporate, colleges, universities. Fees by negotiation.
Peripatetic Teaching, Lecturing, Workshop Lead. Fees by negotiation.
Students - Enquire via the "email me" button above about discounted rates for students.
My enthusiasm is legendary! I always bring enormous passion, energy, and commitment to my work and feel confident in my ability to build relationships with people that are based on trust, honesty and transparency.
I lead by example and know from feedback from peers and colleagues that I have often acted as a role model and key influencer in their careers and lives. I am a natural communicator and never tire of meeting new people and hearing about their dreams and ambitions. I think people feel at ease with me and trust me implicitly, which in turn, allows and empowers them to grow and thrive. I am wholly committed to diversity, equality, and fairness in my own practice and life and treat everyone I come into contact with the same level of kindness and respect.
If you'd like to enquire about working with me in counselling or supervision, please click the "email me" button above.
“I felt really at ease in my sessions and also that Gerry was both completely supportive and had a real understanding of my issues.” Jane, 29 (Counselling client.)
“My son is so very fond of you and I just wanted to first and foremost thank you for what you have done for him/us. You have been so wonderful. Thank God for people like you! ” Parent of Jack, 15 (Parent of counselling client.)
“This was my first experience of counselling and fortunately, I spotted that I needed to talk things through. When I look back to the beginning of counselling I see a person I don’t recognise doing things untypical of me. It [counselling] took time and effort and sometimes I doubted that I was making progress, but now ‘the past is in the past’ and I can move forward more confident in living my life more effectively.” Will, 39 (Counselling client.)
"You’ve shown me a really different insight into some of my work and I’ve really taken note. I feel like I’m going in with a fresh pair of eyes now, so thank you for that." Paula, Qualified Counsellor (Supervisee.)
“Gerry’s knowledge base, enthusiasm and confidence, as a resource, has been invaluable. I found the entire presentation captivating and very informative.” Marcia, Psychotherapist. (Conference attendee.)
“The anecdotes and examples made it real – not just theoretical. A wonderful day, something to aspire to. Thank you so much.” Tracey, Student Children & Young People, Counsellor (Lecture attendee.)
“Excellent. So helpful… Gerry had such enthusiasm and the info was highly relevant.” Linda, (Counselling workshop attendee.)
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Flexible appointments available, including evenings and weekends.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
Supervision is an opportunity for us to get together and really focus, explore and learn more about, aspects of the therapeutic relationship and the interventions employed.View supervision profile