Gillian Darby MA BACP (Accred)

Gillian Darby MA BACP (Accred)

The Albany Centre
4 Victoria Street
St Albans

07539 345043

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The Albany Centre
4 Victoria Street
St Albans

07539 345043

About me

I am a Relate trained BACP accredited counsellor and have been working with couples and families for over 20 years. I am based in central St Albans, conveniently located close to city centre car parks. I offer counselling to individuals, couples and families in a supportive and safe setting where uncomfortable and difficult feelings can be explored together.

As a BACP Accredited counsellor I am bound by its ethical framework for good practice in counselling and psychotherapy and subject to the professional conduct procedures.

In offering Relationship Counselling I provide an opportunity for couples and individuals to explore and make sense of relationship issues in a non-judgemental, safe environment.

The sort of issues that couples come to counselling with are:

  • Communication difficulties
  • Concerns about sex and intimacy
  • Affairs and the repercussions’ that they bring
  • Parenting issues and parenting styles
  • Becoming parents
  • Redundancy, job loss and financial worries

Couple counselling can provide an opportunity to create a more nurturing and satisfying relationship that better meets the needs of both partners.

It may be that you are considering separation, in which case, having a non-judgemental, safe environment in which to openly discuss your concerns, in particular how to tell your children, can be extremely helpful.

The sort of issues that bring families to counselling include:

  • Communication breakdown
  • Changes and life stage issues
  • The teenage years
  • Managing multi-generation families

Family counselling offers the opportunity to air hurt and angry feelings in a supportive setting and begin to negotiate and establish new ground rules for a more harmonious family life.

Training, qualifications & experience

Relate, Trained as a Relate Counsellor, Modular on-going training over 2 years. 1991-1993

Relate, Certificate in Marital and Couple Counselling, Theory and Practice. March 2000

University of Hertfordshire, Certificate of Higher Education in Counselling. July 2009 (2 year course)

University of Hull, MA in Relationship Therapy. September 2012 (3 year course)

One of the requirements of BACP accreditation, and in being a Relate counsellor, is for on-going training; as such I attend regular training events to ensure that my skills and knowledge are of the highest standard.

Although I have been a relationship counsellor since 1991, I have also provided communication skills training in the private and public sector. From 2001 to 2006 I worked as a teaching assistant with children in nursery and primary school. Since 2009 I have provided counselling support to children in both primary and secondary school.

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Counselling sessions are generally 50 minutes, I can offer week days and evenings.

Fees are between £55 and £65 per hour.

Further information

Please feel free to contact me with no obligation via the link, above, or phone, 07539 345043. If I am not available when you call please leave a brief message and I will endeavour to return your call within 24 hours.

Maps & Directions

St Albans, AL1 3JD

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None
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