Gien Donovan

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MBACP Senior Accred and Adv Dipl in Relational Supervision
Available for new clients
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Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL53
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

I realise that it can be hard to make that initial telephone call and ask for a counselling appointment. However, in my experience TALKING does HELP, particularly when you speak with a qualified therapist, who can think along with you about your specific issues in a non-judgmental and approachable manner.

I am a Senior Accredited Practitioner with a broad base of experience, having worked with a wide range of client issues/difficulties, from anger management and depression to bereavement and childhood issues. People who come to see me include individuals, couples and families. I am happy to work with people of all age-groups. I am also a qualified Relational Supervisor.

I am in private practice, based near the centre of Cheltenham. My consulting room is in a quiet location and offers a comfortable space to explore your issues and needs. The setting is private, safe and confidential. There is on street parking space around the area.

To find out whether what I offer is what you need, please contact me either via email or on 07845907999 and I will try and get back to you as soon as possible.

Our initial meeting is an exploratory session where we find out a bit more what the issues are which bring you into therapy and whether we are the right match to work together?

Training, qualifications & experience

1995 - 2000 Psychodynamic Therapy
1999 - 2000 Chronic Fatigue Syndrome specialist training
2002 - 2004 working with couples and families - Bridge Foundation Bristol
2002 - 2005 Teens in Crisis
2002 - 2005 Childhood bereavement training
2003 - 2007 Family Project GCS
2005 - 2007 Infant Observation

2017 - 2018 Advanced Specialist Diploma in Relational Supervision

2022 - Foundation Training in Systemic Constellations 

1998 - Diploma Psychodynamic Counselling
2000 - completed Graduate Training GCS
2000 - Accreditation MBACP, UKRCP registered
2010 - Senior Accredited
2017 - Advanced Specialist Diploma in Relational Supervision

Regular Continuing Professional Development

1998 - onwards  Working with individuals on a wide range of presenting problems.
1999 - 2004       Working with people who suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME
2002 - 2005       Working with young people and their specific issues
2002 - 2011       Experience of supporting bereaved children and their families.
2003 - onwards  Working with couples.
2003 - onwards  Working with families, or with individuals whilst keeping the family in mind.
2005 - 2011        Working with individuals who have suffered a childhood bereavement.
2011 - 2013        Working with Foster carers and their specific issues
2014 - 2017.        Bi-monthly group meeting Family Constellations

2017 - 2018       Advanced Specialist Diploma in Relational Supervision

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I work with all kinds of issues and am open to exploring.

I will see a client for an initial exploratory session, in which an assessment is starting to be made. If I feel at any time that the client needs more specialised intervention, I will assist in an onwards referral.

  • Pre-bereavement issues i.e. when a terminal illness has been diagnosed. That is often a time in life when it is good to talk.
  • I work with general parenting issues and will also work with mothers/fathers and babies where necessary, in order for parents to gain confidence in their parenting skills.


£60.00 - £120.00

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Health Insurance/EAP

  • BUPA
  • WPA

Additional information

My fees:

£60-£70 individual therapy
£90-£120 Working with couples or families

£60 - private practice supervisees

£65 - organisational supervisees

Concessions are considered in specific circumstances.

Availability: I work weekly mostly on Tuesday and Wednesday and a session will last 50 minutes, or one hour if working with couples or families. I work both early morning as well as into the evening, in order for clients to be able to engage with therapy on an ongoing basis.

Supervision is 50 minutes, either weekly or fortnightly.


I am offering supervision on a fortnightly basis or weekly if preferred. My fee is £53/session for private practice or £58 for organisations

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I mostly work Tuesday and Wednesday. I try and see clients throughout the day; (early morning and early evening appointments whenever possible). I offer weekly or fortnightly supervision

Further information

I have extensive experience in bereavement issues, particularly in childhood bereavement.
This includes generic death as well as bereavement through suicide or murder/manslaughter.

I am BUPA registered as well as BACP and UKRCP registered

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL53

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

there are stairs into the building and up to my room

Additional languages



In person

I feel passionate about supervision and offer it on a fortnightly or if preferred weekly basis.

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Gien Donovan
Gien Donovan