Gill de Sylva

Poole, BH12
07708 264945 07708 264945 Registered / Accredited

About me

In life we are often presented with situations that are stressful, sometimes overwhelming and difficult to cope with.
Counselling provides a safe, non judgemental space, which is your time, to think through and explore issues that are concerning you.
I work humanistically which means I feel that the warm trusting relationship that develops between client and counsellor is vital to exploring difficulties. I believe that through talking and with empathic support all clients have the ability within to resolve their own problems and issues.

My integrative training allows me to draw on differing theories and approaches to counselling which means that I am able to tailor my counselling to needs as each client is unique and individual.

Initially we will explore together the aims or goals for the issues that bring you to counselling. I always believe that it is important that the client leads the process of counselling.

I am happy for you to call for an informal chat or email, to find out if it feels right. It is important that you feel comfortable with a counsellor and that we can develop a good working relationship. You may wish to talk to several counsellors to ensure that you find the right person for you. I will be happy to hear from you for an intial chat.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have had extensive experience of working with young people and children throughout my professional life. Certificate of Counselling Young People and Children, 2009.
I valued the opportunity to learn to use creative arts in counselling feeling that this can be particularly useful when talking becomes difficult. Certificate in Creative Arts in Counselling, 2009,
Integrative Diploma Therapeutic Counselling, 2008, learning to integrate differing counselling approaches.
I have good experience in working with complicated grief issues. Peace Hospice Bereavement Training, 2007,
Nine years experience of counselling people who have experienced abuse during their life. Rape crisis Federation 1999
An interest in working with people who experience difficulties and have special needs Advanced Dip Education Children with Special Needs 1994

I worked in schools between 2010 and 2016 using play therapy skills and resources with pupils with emotional needs.

I was a volunteer counsellor for Herts Mind Network for 5 years which included training for IAPT Counselling for Depression. I then worked at a GP surgery for several years, also seeing nhs clients at my private practice.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I am also interested in helping adolescents and adults to increase their own self awareness and to help develop their personal identity.

Therapies offered

  • Couples counselling
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Play therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy


I charge £40 - £50 for each session

Further information

I can work short term or long term according to your counselling needs. I see adults, young people and children and elderly individuals.
I cannot offer disabled access but could make home visits if steps are difficult.

I work to the BACP ethical framework which provides a set of principles and values for counsellors. This ensures that the counsellorand client relationship is always respectful and professional.

Anything explored and discussed in the counselling room is confidential, within the constraints of legal requirements, which will be explained in a first session.

I take my case load to a supervisor, which is a professional requirement, who will ensure my ethical and professional working but confidentiality is always maintained.

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified

Types of client

Young people
Older adults


I am a fully certified supervisor; trained for both individual or small group supervision.

Online supervision
Telephone supervision

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Gill de Sylva

Gill de Sylva