Merry Gibbons

Merry Gibbons

Grayswood
Surrey
GU27

07971 573194

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Grayswood
Surrey
GU27

07971 573194

About me

Welcome.
I am an Integrative Humanistic Counsellor and Psychotherapist. I use Person-centred, Existential, Gestalt and Mindfulness approaches to work with a broad range of issues. I offer you a non-judgemental, empathic listening ear in a calm, confidential environment in which you can share and explore the things on your mind. This can lead to your deeper understanding and acceptance of things, enabling you to make changes from within, work to heal from past difficulties or loss, or just be able to let go, move on and live the life you wish to live. I believe you carry your own answers, that you have the ability to be the change you wish to see, the author of your own life and that counselling can support you in achieving this.

How will we work together
Life can be tough at times. You can find yourself dealing with difficult experiences, thoughts and feelings. It can sometimes be hard to cope and you can find yourself looking for answers or seeking change. This need not be something you undertake alone. Being received without judgement, by someone committed to hearing, supporting and understanding your experience can be immensely comforting and support your ability to move forwards and create positive change within your self, your life and your relationships.

I offer you a supportive therapeutic relationship in which we work together to explore more deeply the situation or issue you choose to work with. I do not judge you nor make assumptions regarding the experiences and thoughts you share, just accepting them openly and unconditionally for the difficulties they bring you. Through exploring these more deeply we can support your ability to build a deeper more accepting relationship with yourself, others or your life generally.

I work with your whole person focusing on what is happening in our session from one moment to the next. This supports your ability to build greater self-awareness as sometimes negative thoughts, beliefs or behavioural patterns limit our self-awareness affecting how we live and the choices we make. Becoming aware of how you feel, act and think in the present moment is key to letting you see where you can make positive changes that support your personal growth and fullfillment.  I support your potential to tap into your resilient powerful self so you can recognise different choices you can make in the face of life’s challenges. This way you can work towards being the positive change you wish to see.

If you choose to we can work creatively using drawing, objects and images, or mindfulness and visualisation techniques.  It is important you feel safe within our work together and therefore I offer you an environment where you are able to make the choices that are right for you.

What to expect when you contact me
  When you first contact me I will ask you to share a little about yourself and why you are considering counselling.  This will help me know if I am going to be the best counsellor for you. If we are both happy to proceed we will arrange a time and date for our first session and discuss fees and payment. 

The first session
  In this session we further explore your reasons for seeking counselling and your hopes and expectations of therapy.  In this session we can also address any questions you may have.  This way I can begin to understand how best we will work together as we begin to build our therapeutic relationship. 

How long will we work together 
Counselling is a journey therefore it is often difficult to gauge an exact estimate of how many counselling sessions you will require.  Therefore we will review every 6 weeks.  This enables us to assess where you feel you are and reflect on the choices and changes you believe you have made. This is also a chance to hone in on anything you may feel you would like to work further on or introduce into our sessions. At the end of the review session you can make a decision how you would like to proceed from there.

Ending therapy
At any time you can choose to terminate counsellling however I will always encourage an end session.  This is so as we can review the work you will have done during our time working together, allowing you to mark the end of your therapeutic journey and what that means to you.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications:

BSc (Fnd) Degree in Humanistic Counselling
PGCert in Contemporary Healthcare for Teenagers and Young people with Cancer
BMus (Hons) (with specialisation in music therapy in palliative care)

Additional Training

Mindfulness, visualisation and meditation training
Living with dying
Reiki Master

Experience

I run a private practice working with children, young people and adults with a wide range of issues.  I also work as a counsellor and psychotherapist for both the NHS and Macmillan. I run the Macmillan Teenage and Young Adults Wellbeing and Counselling service at the Royal Surrey County Hospital, St Lukes Centre and also for their Macmillan Cancer Outreach Team working in the wider Surrey area.  Alongside this I work at an independant Counselling Agency in Midhurst and run private practices based in Guildford, Haslemere and Grayswood.  I have also worked as a complementary therapist both at the Royal Surrey and privately since 2008.

Memberships

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) with Professional Indemnity Insurance and am DBS checked.

Location

I have a private practice based in Haslemere with free off-street parking, approximately a 5-10 minute walk from both the town centre and the train station. Haslemere train station is on the London-to-Portsmouth route from Waterloo station.

I also have additional practices in Grayswood and at the Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford  reachable by a reliable bus service from Haslemere train station or Guildford train station and also a practice in Midhurst in the centre of the High Street close to car parks and bus routes.

Member organisations

BACP

Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Living with a life limiting or challenging condition or illness
Caring for someone with a life limiting or challenging condition or illness
Caring for a terminally ill child, family member or partner

Fees

My fees are as follows:

Adults: £45
12-18 year olds: £40
8-11 year olds: £35

How will you make a payment

I kindly ask for payment at the end of each session either by cash or cheque.

Further information

Working with children and young people

I offer children and young people a safe and confidential space in which to share and explore any anxieties and concerns they may be holding onto.  Hearing and receiving them with total acceptance and without judgment can support their ability to feel comfortable and safe enough to disclose any worries they may be holding onto.  Many children and young people hide their real thoughts and feelings causing increased anxiety and unhappiness.  Being able to open up, share and explore any concerns helps them reduce feelings of confusion or distress, supporting their ability to feel more in control, find their own solutions and make choices.

For children and young people talking can sometimes feel too difficult but working creatively offers them other ways to communicate e.g. drawing, objects, sand or cards and pictures. In my work with young people witnessing their commitment to the therapeutic process supports my belief that working creatively, non-judgementally and non-directively empowers young people to make changes and positive difference in their lives.

Teenagers are at an especially critical point of their development physically, emotionally and socially.  They are readying them selves to become independent adults and start out on their own life path. Counselling can support their ability to gain a deeper understanding and acceptance of themselves, supporting their ability to evolve into an adult who comes from more self-accepting, happy and confident place.

Working with those living with cancer or other challenging conditions

Living with cancer or other challenging conditions can be an isolating experience. You can feel vulnerable and out of control. Counselling can help it all feel more manageable. I provide a calm, confidential space in which you can share your feelings, thoughts, explore difficult choices and issues or voice unspoken fears you maybe holding onto. These may not necessarily be illness related but have become more prominent as a consequence of it. By talking through the things on your mind you can deepen your understanding of your experience. Talking about it can make it feel more manageable, supporting your ability to tap into your natural reservoir of inner-strength and resilience.  This can help support your ability to maintain positivity, your sense of self and wellbeing during this time.

Other ways I work

If you choose, we can also work with breathing, mindfulness or relaxation techniques to support your therapeutic journey and growth. This is especially powerful when dealing with anxiety, fatigue, low concentration, depression and issues of low self-esteem and confidence.

Maps & Directions

Grayswood, GU27

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None

Availability

Daytime and evenings during week and Saturday mornings.

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
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