It can be confusing knowing where to begin when looking for a counsellor. With this in mind, I offer the first session at a reduced rate so that we have the chance to meet and explore what brings you to counselling; you will experience my way of working, be able to gauge if you feel comfortable with me and be in a more informed position to decide if you would like to continue. There is no obligation to continue after this session;there are many different counselling approaches and ways of working, and it is important that you find the person and approach that works for you.
To give you some information about myself: I am an experienced Person Centred counsellor working with individuals in the Eastbourne area (you can find more information on the Person-Centred Approach on my website). I work with adults, and children and young people. I work on establishing a therapeutic relationship which is friendly, non-judgmental, and safe, so that even the most difficult issues can be explored. This joint exploration can relieve painful feelings, and can help clarify the way forward.
I have worked in private practice since 2007, counselling both adults and children with a wide range of presenting difficulties. I have a special interest and specialism in bereavement, having volunteered with Cruse Bereavement Care for many years, working first with bereaved adults, then children and young people, and finally, as a Supervisor, supervising bereavement volunteers. Currently, I supervise groups of bereavement volunteers at St.Wilfrid's Hospice.
I was a teacher, and linked my interests in teaching/training when I worked for four years as a tutor on counselling courses at Sussex Downs College, teaching on counselling skills courses.
I have worked in a freelance capacity for various charities and organisations, providing counselling and supervision.
Training, qualifications & experience
Postgraduate Diploma in Person Centred Counselling, University of Brighton.
Accredited Cruse Bereavement Volunteer.
Cruse Bereavement Training for working with children and young people.
Supervision Training (Cruse)
BA (Hons) in English and American Literature
PGCE in Primary Education
MA in Education
Registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Member of the British Association for the Person-Centred Approach.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Issues from the past affecting the present
Issues of identity
First session: reduced fee of £35
Individuals: £45-£55, negotiated at first session (dependent on circumstances).
Sessions last for 50 minutes.
I have a limited number of spaces available for counsellors in training, for a reduced rate of £35
Concessions offered for
If you would like more information about me and the way I work, you can visit my website at www.colleengibson.co.uk. If any of your questions remain unanswered, or you would like to speak to me, please give me a ring on 07969 489769.