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Welcome to my profile, I work as a Qualified Person-Centred Counsellor and Cognitive Behaviour Therapist (CBT), offering counselling to adults and children.

Counselling or talking therapy can be a great benefit to anyone who feels overwhelmed emotionally or is struggling to cope or come to terms with many life issues. CBT is solution focused and can help with many mental health challenges and can help us to become more aware of our ingrained habits, beliefs and patterns of thinking and behaviour which might be stopping our growth and development. My approach to counselling is led by my clients needs and is tailored according to the specific support you may need.

A teacher once said to me, "Counselling is the biggest gift you can give to yourself!" 

I offer a professional, yet warm approach to my work, based in a Central Southport office. I work in person (face to face) and for extra flexibility, I can offer sessions via Zoom and telephone.

I have extensive experience in Bereavement, Grief and Loss, family breakdown (separation & divorce, betrayal and affairs). Whole person fertility counselling. Experienced in working with body image, self identity, weight loss and our relationship to food/eating. Childhood trauma and abuse. Supporting adaptation to major life changes (Disability, illness, menarche, pregnancy & menopause not exclusive).

Working with women & men to improve Confidence, self-esteem and Assertiveness.

I work with singles, families, couples and non-traditional relationships.

Insecure Attachment Disorders and personal development of Attachment styles including  fear of Abandonment.

Neurological Diversity; ADHD, ASD. I work with people with generalised anxiety disorder, anxiety, panic attacks, depression and various family issues.

I believe that in working with an individual it is important to appreciate that we are each complex and unique, not only emotionally, but physically, mentally and spiritually. These connections are acknowledged and included in my approach to working with a person as a whole.

Training, qualifications & experience

Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - Level- 5.

Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling - Level 4 - Person-Centred Therapist. MBACP

BSc Hons in Herbal Medicine (Phytotherapy) - First Class Degree

Specialism in Bereavement, Grief and loss - Premature unexpected deaths, loss of a child, miscarriage, long term illness, suicide, complicated grief disorder, violent death, abortion loss. Liverpool Bereavement Service, Oakleaf children's services.

Children's bereavement and loss.

Counselling children trained at place 2 be.

Trained in whole person fertility counselling - Degree thesis on fertility issues using holistic therapy and counselling to support fertility in couples experiencing difficulty with conception.

Independent weight-loss consultant 2011-2018.

Currently working at Liverpool Bereavement Service for adults & Oakleaf children's service for bereavement and loss.

Currently working at Place 2 Be as a children's counsellor in schools.

11 years of experience as a senior worker for social services with adults with sensory impairment and disability. Children's disability care worker. Dementia and Alzheimer's care.

Manager of Resource Centre in a culturally diverse London Borough for Adult Disabilities & sensory impairment (deaf/blind) and HIV/Aids team.

Advocacy work for those without voices, supporting individuals to maintain independence and joy of life through personal fulfilment. Post-accident, brain injury, stroke, cancer, other life long disability and coming to terms with the loss of former life.

Diploma in Soul Centred Therapy - guided Meditation Teacher running 3 classes a week - 10 years.

ADHD and other Neurodevelopmental Disorders, awareness and therapeutic considerations training.

Working with Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse.

Safeguarding children x3.

Safeguarding in a learning environment.

Prevent Training.

Loss and Bereavement training.

Creative and Therapeutic play therapy - Directive & Client-led.

Working with Difference and Diversity.

GDPR Training.

Helping Children tell their stories.

Member organisations

BACP

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.

Fees

£40.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Sessions are charged at a rate of £40 per therapeutic hour (50 mins).

Concessions for students and student counsellors, children and low income families at £30 per hour.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Monday -Friday Appointments flexible to suit your needs.

Evening appointments Thursday on limited availability.

Saturday appointments prior agreement.

Further information

My ongoing personal passion is studying the differences in brain development according to primary hormones (oestrogens, progesterone, testosterone) and how this affects our gender and brain development. Our early Attachments and how this can affect the nature and type of relationships we have with others as adults.

I have experience of working with both men and women from abusive or traumatic childhoods and historical sexual abuse; how this affects our subsequent intimate relationships and our sense of self and body image. Professional support can help to improve our future by supporting this healing and resolution, regaining our sense of empowerment and pleasure in life.

I am passionate about improving fertility chances for individuals and couples, working towards conception by becoming aware of our complex emotions and feelings this may bring up for people during this time.

I have experience in working with anxiety states and depression resulting from major life changes. 

Separation and Divorce, family breakdowns, moving home, school, children leaving home, redundancy or job losses, the loss of an attachment figure a partner or a beloved pet, health changes, loss of ability, are all types of losses that can affect our self-identity, who we are and how we show up in the world. They can have dramatic effects on our personality and our relationships with others and it is an important aspect to look at when we experience these life changes, heartbreak and sadness. 

10 Shakespear Street
Links Avenue
Southport
Merseyside
PR8 5AB

Type of session

In person
Home visits
Online
Phone

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Current premises have stairs and are not wheelchair accessible, for this reason, I offer home appointments to accommodate this need.

Additional languages

Deaf / Blind manual

Online platforms

Skype
Zoom
Microsoft Spaces
Whatsapp

Social

Annalisa Gabriel

Annalisa Gabriel