Hello, I'm Gill, I am an experienced BACP (Snr) Accredited counsellor working with individuals and couples. I work on both a short and long term basis.
My approach is gentle, supportive and respectful and my aim is to offer you, the client, a confidential, safe, warm and non-judgmental environment in which difficult issues can be explored, realisations gained and understanding increased so that strategies can be developed which bring about lasting change.
Counselling encourages exploration of troubling issues helping to diffuse confusion, make sense of situations, deal with things that need to be changed as well as learning to live with things that can't be changed.
People come for counselling for a variety of reasons.
These include bereavement, redundancy, loss, relationship breakdown, trauma or abuse. They may also be suffering from anxiety, depression, low self-esteem or a general sense of unhappiness. There may be a desire to re-build self-confidence or make changes to their lives and they may be uncertain as to how to do this. Some people's struggles are rooted firmly and deeply in childhood.
I work integratively, principally using either Person-Centred Therapy (PCT) or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) which, as research has shown, can be extremely effective treatment for specific conditions such as anxiety, depression, panic, OCD and low self-esteem when used within the trusting, warm, and secure therapeutic relationship. I also incorporate other theoretical models as appropriate to my client's needs.
I firmly believe that it is crucially important that you find a counsellor that you feel that you can work with and because of this I suggest that we meet for an
initial (no obligation) appointment.
This helps to ensure that during the first session we can explore the situation you are in, whether counselling is right for you and whether we feel we can work together - all really important questions to address.
For more information or to arrange an initial appointment please call me.
If I am unable to answer my telephone and take your call please leave your details on my confidential voicemail and I will get back to you as soon as I can. Alternatively you are welcome to pop me an email.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Senior Accredited member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy which is one of the main governing bodies of the counselling profession. I work under their guidelines and codes of ethics of safe practice. In addition I am a UKRCP Registered Independent Counsellor. I receive regular supervision which helps to ensure that therapeutic standards are maintained.
I have completed a research doctorate, my thesis being named 'Both sides of the coin: Counsellors' experiences of the influence of a fundamentalist religious upbringing on mental health and well-being in adulthood'.
- Doctorate in Psychotherapy
- M.A, In Relational Counselling & Psychotherapy
- MBACP (Snr Accred)
- Person-Centred Couples Counselling Course
- Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (CPCAB)
- Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CPCAB)
- Cruse Bereavement Training
- BA (Honours) in Social Science with Social Policy and Psychology (Open University)
- Diploma in Applied Social Science (Open University)
My experience has been gained in:
- Private practice
- EAP (workplace counselling)
- Cruse Bereavement Care
- Way Inn Counselling Agency
I am also Programme Leader for the Masters in Therapeutic Counselling and Psychotherapy at Waverley Abbey College and a supervisor for the Research module as well as the Counselling Literature Review for some of the Undergraduate students.
I live in Thame, am married and have adult children as well as grand-children.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
United Kingdom Register of Counsellors / Psychotherapists (UKRCP) (UKRCP)
The UKRCP is a voluntary register of Counsellors / Psychotherapists held by BACP. A condition of registration is accreditation with either BACP, COSCA, UKAHPP or FDAP.
Registered practitioners are entitled to be known as a UKRCP Registered Independent Counsellor / Psychotherapist.
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
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
- Individual Counselling
- Couples Counselling
- GP Referrals
- EAP Work
- Insurance Work
- Agency Referrals
- Coping with or coming to terms with illness
- Faith issues
From £70.00 to £80.00
£70 (per 60 minute session) for individuals
£80 (per 60 minute session) for couples
£80 (per 60 minute session) for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
I suggest to all prospective clients that we have an initial consultation.
The initial session (priced above) is a time of mutual exploration providing you with the opportunity to ask any questions you may have and helping you to assess whether counselling with me is right for you. If it isn't then I am happy to point you in the direction of other practitioners or services if required.
When I work
Please get in touch to check availability.
My dedicated counselling room provides a discreet, safe environment and is just a few minutes walk or drive from Thame town centre with on street parking. It is also easily accessible from other locations.
I AM CURRENTLY OFFERING FACE-TO-FACE OR ONLINE SESSIONS WHICHEVER IS THE CLIENT'S PREFERENCE.