Becky Gardner Bsc(Hons) Psych, Reg. MBACP,Counsellor & Psychotherapist
Trawling through endless counsellor profiles in an attempt to land upon someone who you feel may "get" you is not an easy task. The "right" counsellor is such a personal, individual choice that it is impossible to really know from looking at a photo and a few lines of text! To assist with this process, I offer a brief FREE telephone consultation, for you to tell me what you are hoping to get from counselling and for you to get a sense as to whether you feel I might be someone who could help you, in which case we would then meet for an initial assessment/first session. There is no obligation whatsoever to continue sessions if you feel I am not the right counsellor for you. What feels right for one person may not for another. At the core of effective therapy is trust, the sense that you can talk about whatever feels right in the moment, perhaps something you have never felt able to disclose to anyone before. I am under no illusion that it won't take time for this trust to build.
There are numerous theoretical approaches cited which can be confusing to interpret. I draw on a number of theoretical concepts as a "back drop" to my work, but whatever the theory, the heart of my work entails seeing each person as an individual with whatever uniqueness that brings to the counselling process. I aim to interpret what is being told to me through the client's own unique "lens" of personal experience, rather than an agenda of what I might "think is best". To this end, I work alongside each client, a dual therapeutic relationship working in tandem, as I believe you are the expert on telling your own story. For counselling to be effective, the client needs to feel fully heard, understood and respected.
At the risk of sounding simplistic, my passion has always been People: why we behave the way we do, what makes us tick, what makes one person's perspective so different to another's etc..
A number of close family bereavements led me to counselling where I have been able to appreciate first hand that counselling really can work and enable one to feel complete, "alive" and whole as a person, perhaps for the first time ever.
Training, qualifications & experience
* Bsc (Hons) Psych
* CPCAB Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
* Edexcel Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
* Edexcel Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills
I am a member of the BACP and adhere to their code of ethics.
As well as having my own practice, I have worked for a number of years in the voluntary sector in the field of mental health, offering counselling and psychotherapy to people from a wide variety of backgrounds.
Further training in the fields of, amongst others, Trauma, Mindfulness, Addictive Behaviours, Bereavement, Creative Interventions, Co Dependency.
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
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£55.00 per session
A number of concessionary rates are available for students or those on reduced income. Please enquire.