Candice Gaugain FD (Open), Dip.Psych.Couns, MBACP
Please note: During the COVID-19 pandemic and acting on the UK Governments advice, I am currently providing emotional support by offering sessions remotely via telephone and Skype as an alternative to face-to-face counselling. Please do not hesitate to get in touch so that we can discuss your current needs.
A warm welcome to you.
I understand that sometimes the hardest step is the first one...reaching out, so thank you for being here. I also understand that circumstances in our lives can often leave us feeling very overwhelmed. You may be looking to change old patterns of behaviour or be facing difficulty with current issues.
How can I help you?
In a confidential, supportive, non-judgemental and safe environment together we can explore your past and present issues and experiences, and your thoughts and feelings to help you to gain an awareness into your life and empower you to move towards feeling your best.
I have experience of working in both charity and private sector counselling working with and supporting a diverse range of client groups of various ages with issues such as:
- Work, school and life related stress
- Bereavement and loss
- Relationship and family issues
I have currently availability for Young People (14-19 yrs), Adults and Older Adults (65+).
I am a qualified Integrative Counsellor using the Psychodynamic and Person-centred approaches to counselling. What this means is that we will work collaboratively in focusing on your unconscious thoughts and feelings, your current issues, needs and goals and use self-awareness to gain a greater understanding of and ability on how the influence of your past may play a role in recurring patterns of behaviours or relationships in the present day.
- Work at a pace that is comfortable for you
- Develop and build upon your strengths and weaknesses
- Continuously review our therapeutic work to be sure that it is still meeting your needs
- Commit to listening and understanding your issues from your perspective
- Respect the difference and diversity between us
- Be honest and open with you
- Signpost you to other resources if need be
When we meet at our initial assessment session, we will discuss your presenting problem(s), your needs and goals. You will also have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about counselling. The therapeutic relationship is an important part of the counselling process so during this time we will have the opportunity to determine whether or not I am a suitable counsellor for you. If you decide to continue our work together, we can then book future sessions.
As part of our work, we may think about using of a variety of tools to explore your issues including writing, drawing, sand tray work, or crystals. Using these creative tools may enable you to become more aware of patterns of behaviours and develop new ways of thinking in areas where you might be feeling stuck.
Spirituality and interconnectedness with the Universe
I am keen on how we grow and develop as beings therefore I sometimes incorporate the relationship between the mind, body and spiritual aspects of ourselves in our work. I have knowledge on spirituality that involves experiences you may be having in finding a deeper sense of meaning, purpose and connection with the Universe. I will offer you the space and time to explore what spirituality means for you, help you to cope with change and uncertainty as it relates to spirituality and to help you understand your life's greater purpose.
A lot of times we carry negative energies whether they are our own or belonging to others. I believe that crystals have a way of helping to rid of these negative energies and in turn help us to heal our emotions and restore balance back into our lives. I will often have a small selection of crystals in the therapy room and I am very open to you selecting and holding one while we discuss your issues together. We may then look at why you chose a specific crystal, what it represents for you or what it is that you may be feeling or thinking whilst holding it.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Volunteer Counsellor with Place2Be (a mental health charity providing school based counselling to primary and secondary schools across the UK).
- Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (CPCAB)
- Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (CPCAB)
- Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (CPCAB)
- Foundation Degree in Counselling (The Open University)
- BACP Certificate of Proficiency
- Practitioners Diploma in Crystal Healing (Gateway Workshops)
- Crystal Healing Diploma (currently obtaining) (Centre of Excellence)
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I offer 50 minute sessions on a one-to-one basis for Young People (13-19 years), Adults and Older Adults (65+).
- Individuals £45 per session.
- Trainee Counsellors £35 per session.
Please note: For all initial, telephone and Skype sessions, payment must be made via bank transfer prior to our session(s). I generally ask this to be 24 hours before.
I provide face-to-face individual counselling in a comfortable private office space on the first floor of the Anerley Town Hall & Business Centre on Anerley Road, London SE20 8BD.
The location is easily accessible via bus, National Rail and London Overground servicing surrounding areas such as:
- Crystal Palace
- Forest Hill
- Honour Oak Park
- South Norwood
- Upper Norwood
The bus stops (stops C and H) are located right outside the premises and is serviced by the following:
157 - route Crystal Palace, South Norwood (Norwood Junction), Croydon and Morden
249 - route Crystal Palace, Upper Norwood, Streatham Station, Tooting Bec Station and Clapham Common
354 - route Penge, Anerley, Clockhouse, Beckenham High Street, Beckenham Junction and Bromley North
358 - route Crystal Palace, Anerley, Beckenham War Memorial, Upper Elmers End, Shortlands, Bromley and Orpington
432 - Brixton Station, Tulse Hill Station, West Norwood, Crystal Palace Station and Anerley
Anerley station is just opposite Anerley Town Hall and Business Centre with both London Overground and National Rail links to and from:
London Bridge, Norwood Junction, East Croydon, West Croydon, New Cross Gate, Canada Water (connects to Jubilee line), Whitechapel (connects to Hammersmith and City and District lines), Highbury and Islington (connects to Victoria line).
Crystal Palace station is short 5 - 7 minute walk or 2 - 3 minute bus ride (buses 157, 249 or 432). It is also serviced by London Overground and National Rail with links to London Victoria, London Bridge and Beckenham Junction.
The nearest tram line stop is Birkbeck which is a 10 -15 minute walk away or 5 minute bus ride (354 bus) to the Anerley Town Hall and Business Centre.
There is onsite parking available at the Anerley Town Hall and Business Centre between 9am and 6pm for £2.00 for the entire duration of your appointment. After 6:00pm parking is free. Bicycle parking racks are also available on site.
Please visit my website for further information or do not hesitate to get in touch,(www.candicegaugaincounselling.co.uk).