Janet Gay BA Hons, Dip HE Counselling (distinction), MBACP

Janet Gay BA Hons, Dip HE Counselling (distinction), MBACP

Butlocks Heath

07716 825329

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Butlocks Heath

07716 825329

About me

Hello, I am Janet Gay. I am based in the Hamble/Netley Abbey area of Southampton and offer supportive and non-judgemental counselling for people of all ages and genders. I have a safe, confidential and welcoming environment where you can talk to me about anything which is bothering you.  I will listen carefully and help you to explore any issues which might be making life difficult.

I can help with a wide range of issues. These include:

  * feeling anxious, low or depressed
  * feeling stressed, finding it difficult to cope with life
  * relationship and family issues
  * bereavement
  * being worried or confused about your sexuality or gender
  * dealing with the effects of sexual, mental or physical abuse
  * lack of confidence
  * low self esteem
  * panic attacks
  * managing anger or frustration
  * difficulties at work
  * obsessive compulsive disorder
  * the impact of trauma
  * coping with change
  * worries about drinking or drug use
  * resolving 'unfinished business'
  * self harm
  * compulsive behaviours and addictions

As a 'gestalt' counsellor I work by listening to find out how you see things and what is really important to you as an individual.   I will help you to understand what you feel, why you feel the way you do and to explore what it would be like to be different. Essentially, we will try to make sense of your story so that you can then make decisions about moving forward. I will support you to identify and make helpful changes and also to cope when things can't be changed. Although some issues take a while to resolve, being able to talk openly and without fear of judgement can often be enough for clients to start feeling better and more in control after just a few sessions.

The relationship between us as client and counsellor is a really important part of therapy.   I am caring, have a genuine interest in helping you to make your life happier and and will try to make sure that you always feel safe and confident to work with me. My motivation will always be to do what is in your best interests and best helps you to move forward. I am always respectful of you as your own person. On a slightly less serious note, I also have a good sense of humour so if we do decide to work together there are likely to be at least a few occasions when we find we are laughing together, even in the most difficult circumstances!

I believe that people of all genders, ages, abilities and sexualities should be able to access counselling when they need it so all are welcome at my practice. I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the Hampshire Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and I am fully policed checked. I have also been assessed by the BACP as reaching their standards of competency and, as such, have my own registration number with them.

Location-wise I am based just off J8 of the M27, around 15-20 minutes from Hedge End, Locks Heath, Whiteley, Warsash and Botley, 10 minutes from eastern Southampton (Woolston, Weston, Sholing etc) and around 20 minutes from Eastleigh, Fareham and central Southampton. My private counselling room is in a peaceful, semi-rural location and has its own wc facilities. There is plenty of parking on the drive or road outside.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have over 5 years' experience of working with alcohol and addictions, facilitating groups and delivering 1-1 counselling. I also have 18 months' experience of counselling young people aged 11-25 through working in a senior school and with a well respected local charity counselling survivors of abuse and sexual assault.

My qualifications include a Higher National Diploma in counselling for which I was awarded a distinction, a '101' qualification in transactional analysis from the Berne Institue, a level 3 certificate in counselling and, from my life before counselling, an Honours degree and full professional qualification in social housing.  I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy meaning that I have passed a test of proficiency to be included on their register which is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.

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Accredited register membership

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  • My consulting room
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The price for an individual session of 50 minutes is £40, where 6 sessions are booked and paid for in advance I offer a discount of £20 on the total price.

I have a reduced rate of £30 per session for counselling students and also keep a few places at a discounted rate for clients referred from alcohol and addictions agencies and clients in financial difficulty. If you feel that I am the right counsellor for you but would have genuine difficulty in paying the standard session price please feel free to contact me to discuss this.

If you have any queries about any of this information please do Get in contact.

Further information

I have a peaceful, safe consulting room with wc facilities. I work with people from many nearby areas including Southampton, Eastleigh, Fareham, Chandlers Ford, Warsash, Locks Heath, Whiteley, Hedge End, Woolston and Botley.

If you have any queries please feel free to give me a call or send me a text or email.

If you contact me I will get back to you within 24 hours, but usually, much more quickly.  I hope to hear from you in the near future.

Maps & Directions

Southampton, SO31

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


I am available Monday to Friday from 9am to 7pm (excluding Thursdays 2pm onwards).

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
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