Avtar Gill - Addictions Specialist
Only you alone can do it but you can't do it alone...
Addiction is a complex condition. People use behaviours or substances in an effort to escape the discomfort of their emotions. My area of expertise and speciality lies in working towards recovery and abstinence with regard to this.
I work collaboratively, primarily using Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), and work in group settings and with individuals in private practice.
Having worked in this challenging field for over 19 years and successfully counselled many people into recovery, I believe that individuals have the inner resources to overcome their addictions and dependencies.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a diploma in therapeutic counselling and a post-grad certificate in addiction counselling.
I have over 19 years' experience of seeing individual clients and facilitating groups with a local drug and alcohol counselling agency and have trained many new staff and volunteer counsellors.
On a personal note, after 15 years of active addiction I decided I had enough and sought help.
This came in the form of an intensive six-month rehab that I found extremely challenging and at times I wanted to leave. However, at these times of fear and doubt I dug deep and found resilience and strength that I thought I never had.
I'm now 22 years clean and sober and consider my main strength as working with a deep passion and belief in delivering my service as an addictions counsellor, group facilitator and trainer.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
My fees are on a sliding scale: £65 - £45 per session.
Concessions offered for
There is ample free parking nearby.