Charmain Gilmour (MBACP) Person-Centred Counsellor
Counselling is a process whereby you can talk about what is troubling you without fear of judgement, disclosure or upsetting the listener. It offers a regular time and place for you to talk about your issues with someone who is trained to put themselves in the speaker’s shoes, as a way of helping you begin to see your thoughts and feelings more clearly and make sense of them. Sometimes, just this process is enough to bring relief and show a way forward.
At other times, the goal may turn out to be that of ultimately accepting yourself. I believe that knowing and accepting ourselves is one of the most powerful and healing things we can do. It is not always easy and involves a serious commitment from ourselves, to ourselves. It can happen surprisingly quickly in therapy, or may take a longer-term approach; we go at your pace, but I help you keep focused to ensure we maximise the value of your sessions.
Accepting ourselves? What's that about? In very brief: often we live our lives not realising we have been trying to adhere to a set of values and standards absorbed from others, usually during our formative years; what is often found when we see these silent mechanisms for the first time is that these standards are not in line with our own intrinsic values. When we come to release ourselves from such ‘shackles’ we start to experience life first-hand, rather than through the agendas of others - love those others though we might. It is a more authentic and personally meaningful way of living.
I am a person-centred counsellor. This means I am trained in an approach that aims to assist you in the above-described processes. It is not 'targeted therapy' but is instead holistic - working with all parts of the self in order to bring about change.
I offer an initial free assessment session, where you can discuss what is troubling you and I will outline how I work and the parameters of the service I offer. It is then for you to decide if you wish to proceed. There is no obligation to book further sessions - it is very important in counselling that you find a counsellor who feels like the right fit for you.
My practice is located in central Glastonbury.
Training, qualifications & experience
CPCAB Counselling Studies Certificate - Level 3
CPCAB Therapeutic Counselling Diploma - Level 4
18-month placement with Somerset and Wessex Eating Disorders Association (SWEDA) in Shepton Mallet.
6-month placement at The Glastonbury Surgery with the Counsellors' Collective South West.
I have regular supervision, in keeping with the BACP's Ethical Framework, and engage in ongoing professional development to enhance the service I offer.
Issues I have worked with include: depression, anxiety, eating disorders, bereavement, relationship issues, issues arising from particular life stage, self-worth, identity and long-term health conditions.
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A session lasts 50 minutes and I offer a free initial assessment session. I aim to provide affordable counselling whilst also covering my costs. If you decide to pursue counselling with me, therefore, my fee is £25 per session.
I had my first taste of personal counselling at the age of 21 for a life-threatening, all-consuming and utterly miserable eating disorder. That moment when I realised that what I’d considered to be an unchangeable situation could in fact be changed – and largely by me – was a spine-tingling one. It has been a rich journey from that point to this. My work aims to offer to others the hope, self-empowerment and healing that I experienced myself.
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I regret that my practice is located up a flight of stairs, however I do offer counselling by telephone and Skype.
If you would like me to get back to you by telephone, please indicate if there is a preferred time of day for me to do this.
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