Fiona Gunasekara, MBACP (Accred), Dip Couns, Dip Sup, MSc
I place a great emphasis on our working alliance because I believe this to be at the core of eventual change. You will find me to be empathetic, down to earth and relatable. Having had counselling myself, I am well aware of just how daunting it can be to talk to someone for, what might be, the first time. I am here to listen and see if we can work together to find a way to help you overcome your current difficulties. I have been working as a counsellor since 2000 and have worked with clients in various settings.
I work with individuals, couples, families and groups.
I have background in working with addictions and also within the NHS were most of my work was around anxiety, depression or bereavement.
I believe in the process of counselling enabling us to make changes in our lives. If you are looking at the profiles on here then you are likely experiencing some difficulties in your life right now and looking to change something. Maybe you are suffering from anxiety, stress or depression or maybe you are a couple experiencing some problems in your relationship?
I know that counselling can help you to overcome difficulties that you are facing by talking them through in a safe and confidential environment without the fear of being judged. I see the aim of counselling as being to help you feel more in control of your life and allow you to live in a way that is more satisfying and productive. Most of us will, at some point in our lives feel low or even depressed, counselling can help you to overcome this and move forward. I have over 17 years experience as a counsellor.
Couples counselling can be a useful and safe way to work on the issues that you are having as a couple without the fear of being judged or belittled by each other or your counsellor.
I am an accreditated member of BACP and as such adhere to their ethical framework. I also hold accredited status with National Counselling Society.
I offer a no obligation initial session so that you can make sure you are comfortable to proceed.
Please click through to my website for more information.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have had a private practive for over 10 years. I am also a supervisor and trainer and I have experience of working with groups.
Qualifications and Training
Diploma in Counselling (Psychodynamic)
Masters in Therapeutic Counselling (Intergrative)
Diploma in Supervision
Post Graduate Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Certificate in working with Couples and Families
Diploma in Mindfulness
During my time working as a counsellor I have undertaken a lot of training in various areas and continue to keep myself up to date with new ideas as they emerge. I have trained in CBT counselling and am able to draw on these skills when required. I have also trained in brief solution focused therapy and am able to work short term or long term as needed. I also have a certificate in family and couples therapy. I have a post-grad certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and often weave this into the work that I do.
Apart from the training and experience I have I have also had personal experience of therapy and how it can help you to overcome difficulties in your life.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Couples counselling
- Family/systemic therapy
- Gestalt therapy
- Group therapy
- Interpersonal therapy
- Person-centred therapy
- Psychoanalytic therapy
- Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
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£50 per session Incl initial session. (50 Minutes)
£60 per session for couples (60 Minutes)
£55 per session for supervision (60 Minutes)
Families and Groups please call to discuss.
I am able to offer a sliding scale to students or those on benefits please contact me for details.
I have appointments available during the day and evenings. Please call to discuss availability and I am sure I will be able to see you soon.
I am offer sessions at evenings till 9pm.
There is ample parking available.
If you don't want to make inital contact over the phone please feel free to e-mail me at: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit my website: www.fionacounselling.com
I look forward to hearing from you and working with you.
Please note that I don't work weekends so may not be able to respond to your message till Monday.
I really look forward to hearing from you and working with you.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I am able to offer appointments between 10am and 8pm, Monday to Friday. Sorry I do not work weekends.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
Psychodynamic/Integrative 1-2-1 or group supervision.