Gina Sweeting UKRCP, MBACP, M.Sc, B.Sc
I am a humanistic counsellor with twenty years experience offering a confidential and professional relationship to help people resolve issues and achieve their counselling goals. This may mean overcoming depression or anxiety, improving relationships, building self esteem, bereavement and/or getting more out of life. I work with individuals, couples and groups.
Usually a crisis or life changing event brings someone to counselling. This can be bereavement, having a baby, separation, divorce, redundancy, relationship difficulties, abuse or memory trigger for childhood abuse or transitions. It is often at these painful and difficult times that people address issues that they have managed or coped with most of their lives. Although no one wants to experience pain and loss it can mean, with the right support, that they are able to get more out of life and relationships.
The changes that people make through counselling with me is primarily from the relationship that we build together creating a safe and confidential space. My training in both individual counselling and couples counselling along with experience of working sucessfully with many people who have courageously brought their vulnerability form the foundation of the counselling I provide.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Couples Counselling using the Arts 2013
Certificate in Couples Counselling 2008
BACP Accreditation 2003
Certificate in Supervision 2001
Advanced Diploma in Counselling 1999
M.Sc in Sociology 1994
B.Sc in Psychology 1987
I am an Integrative Humanistic Counsellor having trained in a number of approaches to enable working with the strengths and style of the client. I have worked both in the NHS and in the private sector undertaking both long and short term work.
I am a mother, step-mother, partner and sister.
Registered / Accredited
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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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
As many therapists at this time sparked by the pandemic I have learnt to work online with individuals and couples. I have undertaken core training to hold a therapeutic space online and intend to further develop this mode of practice. I am pleased to discover how possible it is to create powerful therapeutic holding through video online sessions for those who have a private space and internet connection. I continue to offer online sessions as my preference along government guidelines to minimise the risk of covid infection.
£50 Individuals, £70 Couples. Concessions available where appropriate
I abide by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Code of Ethics. I have regular supervision and undertake my own personal therapy.
The majority of my learning comes from my clients who take a risk to open up with often very painful memories, feelings and thoughts to realise they can transform their deepest fears and hurt into learning and appreciate themselves as resourceful and valuable human beings.