Bev Gurney Adv. Dip Couns. MBACP
Hello and welcome. I am a psychotherapeutic counsellor committed to your welfare and well-being. Suffering from emotional difficulties, trauma, anxiety or depression is often debilitating. Life can feel hopeless, beyond control. You feel confused, alone, sometimes numb, sometimes angry. I once read: Life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly. This is how it often seems. We feel crushed, trapped, damaged, lost. Some of us suffer in silence for many years, for others, the source of pain and emotional angst maybe recent. Emotional turmoil cannot be measured, it can be eased, it can be helped.
I seek to offer a relaxed, empathic, non judgemental space where you can safely share and explore your stress, your anxiety, your loss, your unhappiness. I understand the prospect of counselling can seem daunting, however talking to a counsellor is the first step toward your future. Even if the journey occasionally appears hampered by bramble and boulders.Talking therapy offers a means to greater personal understanding, acceptance and potential ways forward.
Many of us have or will experience difficulties or turbulent times during our lives. At such moments, we often feel lonely, isolated, anxious, depressed or bereft. Unable or unwilling to reach out to others. We may feel no one understands or could possibly understand. Believe no one is there for us. No one hears our suffering. At such moments, psychotherapeutic counselling helps alleviate worries that surface to niggle. Those worries, those doubts that keep us awake at night or remain with us throughout the day. Sharing in a safe environment can help ease painful memories or those unwanted thoughts that refuse to budge.
Counselling and psychotherapy can offer clarity and a way through the dark, the confusion, the emptiness.
Working within a range of therapies, skills and philosophies helps bolster and inform my practise. This is beneficial when exploring the often destructive and repetitive pattens of behaviours, thoughts and doubts which trap us.
Believing all are unique individuals, I seek to shape and accommodate sessions in a manner to suit your individuality. I believe this is crucial when regarding the often painful paths we humans tread. It is, a one size does not fit all, approach.
Some people find they benefit from a few sessions. Others may require longer periods of support. Whatever your needs, talking therapeutically helps.
I truly believe in the power and benefit of counselling and psychotherapy as a means towards more positive possibilities.
My private practise is situated in a welcoming, discreet location in old Aylesbury. Free parking is within easy reach and there are rail and bus links close by.
I have experience working with a wide age range from 12 to 70+ and with a range of emotional difficulties. I specialise in working with:
Sexual, emotional and physical abuse.
Relational and relationship difficulties.
Bereavement and loss.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, (PTSD.)
Autistic spectrum disorders.
Borderline Personality Disorder.
Learning difficulties, including dyslexia.
Social and general anxiety.
Non Binary and Transgender issues.
I am a registered member of the British Association Of Counselling and Psychotherapy. I work supported by the BACP ethical framework for good practice, and maintain monthly clinical supervision. I further attend regular training and workshops to inform, expand and strengthen my practice as part of continued professional development.
Training, qualifications & experience
BACP Certificate of Proficiency
Post graduate Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling CPCAB
Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Therapeutic Counselling CPCAB
Certificate in Counselling Studies CPCAB
Certificate in Counselling Skills CPCAB
Open University Level One.
In addition to my private practice, I have clinical experience as a nurse, facilitate and deliver various self-help and training courses.
I am the clinical lead for a local charity. Work with male and female victims of sexual and domestic abuse, both privately and as a counsellor with Rape Crisis.
School counsellor within a secondary school setting.
Play therapist for people with learning difficulties.
Group facilitator for parents of adults and children with learning difficulties, those with mental health issues and those on the Autistic spectrum.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic attacks
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Gestalt therapy
- Humanistic therapies
Sessions are charged at £40 for 50 minutes. I do offer some concessions and reduced fees for young people, students and those on low income, please ask. I further offer a home visiting service which incurs a increased fee to cover travelling costs.
Fees are payable at the time of the session, by cash, cheque or bank transfer.
I have full professional indemnity insurance and a enhanced DBS certificate (formally CRB check)
To arrange an appointment or discuss any questions or concerns you may have I can be contacted by phone or email. All enquiries are treated with the strictest confidence. I aim to respond to messages as promptly as possible.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Please phone, text or email to discuss appointment availability. I will endeavour to answer all enquiries as soon as possible.
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