Heidi Gavriel - Counsellor - Psychotherapist - Supervisor MBACP PgDip.
I am a qualified counsellor/psychotherapist and supervisor and a registered member of the BACP with a wide and diverse experience of working with adults, young people and children both short and long term. I work from a purpose built space in a quiet residential street with parking outside.
My approach attempts to understand your current way of being through considering the unique set of circumstances, experiences, social and cultural context and significant relationships that contribute to how you perceive yourself and others.
I believe that a counselling relationship can be helpful, supportive, insightful and cathartic at any stage of life when difficulties or confusion arise that impact on emotional well-being or the ability to bond and connect with others. I offer an empathic, non-judgemental space where you may feel able to enter with me on a journey of exploration and expression that is meaningful and beneficial to you. I am always willing to incorporate creative expression/exploration into the sessions according to the needs or direction that the therapeutic work takes. e.g. sand, art, drama, dreams, sound or play and I have materials that can help facilitate this experience.
Children and Young People
Play and art materials may be utilised as the primary language of communication and medium of expression in our journey together. Emphasis is placed on understanding through the metaphor and change is facilitated through the building of a trusting relationship where boundaries are clear.
Contracting with parent/guardian or young person will consider the level of competency, limits of confidentiality and safeguarding policy & procedure.
Training, qualifications & experience
- PgDip Contemporary Psycotherapeutic Counselling (BACP Accredited) (University of Hertfordshire)
- Level 6 Certificate in Supervision - CPCAB
- Full DBS
- Extensive CPD training including working with children, young people, SEND
In addition to private practice I currently work as a School Project Manager and trainer for leading children’s mental health charity ‘Place2Be’ and have previously worked for adult mental health charity MINDinMidHerts and for Barnet Youth Service.
I also support young adult learners at College with autism and severe and complex learning difficulties.
I have worked with a broad range of clients and issues and am committed to ongoing training/seminars/workshops and research to improve and challenge my knowledge and competence to work with a diverse client group.
My supervision approach is under-pinned by the seven-eyed model (Hawkin’s & Shohet, 2012) which means I work in a way that assists the supervisee to look at their possible blind spots and focus on different permutations of relationships; the client experience, the dynamics between the counsellor and client & the inter-relational experience between us as supervisor/supervisee, fantasy relationships as well as the wider context including social constructs, sense of culture, difference and diversity.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Asperger's syndrome
- Child related issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Pregnancy and birth
Other areas of counselling I deal with
This list is not exhaustive and I will always be willing to discuss your needs. We will only begin work together by mutual consent and belief that a good therapeutic alliance is possible following our initial meeting.
- £45 per 50 mins face to face 1:1 therapy.
- I charge £50 for 60 minutes of supervision or £65 for 90 minutes.
- I offer a limited number of reduced fee sessions for students or those on low income
I aim to find a balance of being both supportive and challenging and make use of my own supervision and continuing professional development to ensure that I am working ethically and competently. I adhere to the BACP ethical framework but will also consult and show deference to any similar frameworks as a student/supervisee should be guided by.
My work is professionally supervised and I am covered by the appropriate insurance.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Mon 07:00, 16:30 - 19:30............... Tue 18:30, Thu 07:00am.......... Supervision: various/flexible. .... Please contact me for the precise times & impending availability.
Types of client
Supervision & training
My supervision approach is under-pinned by the seven-eyed model (Hawkin’s & Shohet, 2012) which means I work in a way that assists the supervisee to look at their possible blind spots and focus on different permutations of relationships; the client experience, the dynamics between the counsellor and client & the inter-relational experience between us as supervisor/supervisee, fantasy relationships as well as the wider context including social constructs, sense of culture, difference and diversity.View supervision profile