Gill Harvey M.A. Individual or Couple Counselling MBACP (Snr) Accredited
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I am an experienced BACP (Snr) Accredited counsellor working with individuals and couples.
I work on both a short and long term basis as appropriate to my clients needs. 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 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 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.
My dedicated counselling room provides a discrete, 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. As well as daytime appointments I am able to offer evening and weekend appointments.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a doctoral candidate currently carrying out research on 'the influence of a fundamentalist religious upbringing on mental health and well-being in adulthood'
M.A. in Relational Counselling & Psycotherapy
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:
EAP (workplace counselling)
Cruse Bereavement Care
Way Inn Counselling Agency
I am also an Associate Tutor on year 1 of the Counselling B.A. (Hons) programme at Waverley Abbey College which includes being module leader for Personal and Professional Development and also lecturing on Research.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Coping with or coming to terms with illness
The initial session 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 can point you in the direction of other practitioners or services.
£65 (per 60 minute session) for individuals
£80 (per 60 minute session) for couples
£80 (per 60 minute session) for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
I live in Thame, am married and have adult children as well as grand-children.
Online or telephone counselling may also be available.