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MA, PG Dip Counselling

About me

Please note: I am not going to be available in August.

I will be available until the end of July, and then again from the start of September.

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. I also supervised 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.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Issues from the past affecting the present
Issues of identity
Personal development

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Fees

From £45.00 to £55.00

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

First session: reduced fee of £35

Subsequent sessions:

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 £40.

When I work

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My office hours are Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 am to 6 pm.

Further information

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.

Mayfield Place, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN22 8XJ

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults

Supervision

In person
Online
Phone

I trained at the University of Brighton at Masters level, gaining a Postgraduate Diploma in Person Centred Counselling.

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