Gary Fielder - Qualified and experienced Counsellor and Life Coach
Are you considering counselling or life coaching but are unsure which is right for you? I provide both these services in an integrated and flexible way to help you face a wide range of life's difficulties and challenges.
My approach has a Person-Centred foundation but other views also inform my practice. For example, the Existential approach helps us understand the angst that arises from making choices, aloneness, finding meaning, facing death and coping with change. Mindfulness can help us cultivate a deep self-awareness and clarity that enables new ways of being.
My practice is based on mutual respect, acceptance, trust, genuineness, empathic understanding and compassion. With a shared belief that somewhere within, you have the means to ease your difficulties, but they may be hidden from you. That talking with me, my being with you, on your side, can help you discover those hidden healing resources.
In addition to my private practice based in Old Windsor, I have worked at Thames Hospice in Windsor providing bereavement and end of life counselling (11 years) and at Royal Holloway University in Egham providing student counselling (3 years). I provide external counselling support to the employees of a local college and services to private healthcare providers. My previous employment background is as a senior manager with British Telecom. I have also been a professional photographer and am currently also a mindfulness teacher.
As a Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) I adhere to their Ethical Framework and Code of Conduct with a high level of professionalism.
I offer counselling in person, over the telephone and via Zoom teleconferencing.
Please note that I have a small dog. He’s is an 11 year old Yorkshire Terrier called Max and is from Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. He has had a troubled life and can be a bit nervous, so I leave the counselling room door ajar for him to come in and out rather than lock him away. He barks when the door bell rings, will want to say an enthusiastic hello, but usually soon settles down to sleep whilst I am with clients.
Training, qualifications & experience
Counselling since 2004 and coaching since 2006. A BACP Registered Member on the BACP Accredited Voluntary Register (No 050726) with the following qualifications and training:
Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling (BACP accredited), at Thames Valley University (Masters Programme level 7)
Certificate of Higher Education in Counselling at East Berks College / Bucks & Chilterns University College (level 4)
BSc (Hons) in Psychology and Computing at the Open University (level 6)
Coaching training at BT
Additional training includes:
Bereavement and grief counselling
Solution focused counselling
Presentation and negotiation skills
Guilt and shame
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
Work life balance
Career change and job satisfaction
Stress management and reduction
Life skills or social skills
Decision making and motivation
Personal development, growth and self awareness
Low self worth
Life changing events
Loss of meaning or purpose in life
Counselling and Life Coaching services are delivered on a one to one basis at my home based practice in Old Windsor and also via telephone and Zoom teleconferencing.
Sessions usually last 60 minutes and the fee is £50 payable at each session in cash, by cheque or timely bank transfer. Telephone and teleconferencing sessions are payable by bank transfer only.
The first session aims to understand more about the issue or difficulty you would like to address and how we might work together to seek change. I also explain more about the commitments we would both make to the therapeutic process. Most of the first session is actually experiencing working with me as your therapist. The fee for the first session is also £50.
Missed sessions or late cancellations (less than 24 hours notice) are charged at £25.
Counselling sessions are normally held weekly, but not necessarily on the same day at the same time, and we would book from week to week. Further details are explained in the initial session.
In time, session frequency often moves to every 2 or 3 weeks and when we have finished our work together, many clients like to return on an adhoc basis, as and when they feel the need.
Counselling can be long term depending the issues that are uncovered and how deeply embedded they are in your life. But counselling can also be relatively short term too. Until we start to explore and uncover the issues that are affecting your life, it is difficult to predict.