Gary Fielder - Counsellor & Life Coach - BSc (Hons) PGDip MBACP
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 to counselling and life coaching has a Person-Centred foundation but other approaches also inform my practice. For example, the existential approach helps us face some of the raw givens of our lives and how we might live more authentically. Mindfulness can help us cultivate deeper self-awareness and the potential to respond differently to what we discover about ourselves.
My practice is based on mutual respect, acceptance, trust, genuineness, empathic understanding and a belief in the existence of solutions within you. That somewhere within, you have the means to address your difficulties, but they may be somewhat hidden from you. That my being with you, on your side, sharing my thoughts, feelings and experiences, can shed light and 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 in the field of 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 in senior management with British Telecom.
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.
Please note that I have a small dog. He’s is an 9 year old Yorkshire Terrier called Max and is from Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. He has had a troubled life and is a bit nervous, so I leave the counselling room door open 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
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Career counselling
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
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.
Sessions usually last 60 minutes and the fee is £50 payable at each session in cash, by cheque or timely bank transfer.
The first session aims to understand more about the issue or difficulty you would like to address, why you think you have this problem and how we might work together to seek change. I will also explain more about counselling and the commitments we would both make to the process. Most of the first session is actually experiencing the process of counselling. 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.
The likely length of counselling would normally be discussed during the first two or three sessions and subject to periodic review. Counselling can be long term depending the issues that are uncovered and how deep you wish to explore them. However, counselling can be short term too. Until we start to explore and uncover the issues that are affecting your life, it is difficult to predict.
Life coaching services also take place at the practice in Old Windsor. The frequency of coaching sessions can more flexible than counselling and are not necessarily weekly.
Coaching usually requires a minimum of four sessions but can be significantly more.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday to Friday between 8am and 4pm (no evening or weekend appointments)
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|