Maybe you are here feeling anxious and unable to focus, you may not know why but know you need to talk about it.
Perhaps life has changed and you’re not sure of how to cope with things now.
Maybe you feel lost and need to reconnect with who you really are.
Perhaps relationships are difficult for you, whether at work or within your family. You may feel misunderstood by your family and friends.
I am an experienced counsellor and a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy). I work within the BACP ethical framework to provide counselling to individuals aged 18 and over where my service meets the highest professional standards.
My counselling room in Gloucester provides you with a confidential and relaxed environment within which we can explore your unique and personal experiences in a respectful, accepting and supportive way. You will be able to talk freely and openly about yourself and your feelings without feeling judged.
My aim is to help you to deal with what brings you to counselling, provide a positive experience to develop and gain greater emotional and psychological health and to empower you to develop skills to remain this way once you feel ready to leave counselling.
I feel enthusiastic when someone contacts me for the first time and excited by the opportunity to start working together. Although this can be a scary and lonely time, getting the support and care you need is the first step to beginning to understand what is happening to you and why, and feel able to move forward.
My philosophy is based on finding meaning and adding value to life. I believe that together we can begin to unlock our potential, start to make sense of our feelings, connect with our bigger self and realise what we want from life.
Clients have remarked that I am a safe, trustworthy, accepting, kind and loving person. I provide a non-judgmental and supportive environment to explore both past and present experiences such as childhood trauma, relationships with ourselves and others, or indeed whatever else is happening in the now, and thus move forward with increased self-awareness.
My approach is integrative. Please refer to my website for further explanation of this approach.
I am passionate about my work and believe that it is this first courageous step which can allow something wonderful and life-changing to begin.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified Counsellor and registered member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). I work independently as a privately practicing Therapeutic Counsellor offering personal, face-to-face adult counselling services. I offer both short term and longer term therapy working within the BACP’s ethical guidelines. My diverse experience is supplemented by continuous and ongoing training and personal development.
I have also worked as a voluntary counsellor at Cotswold Counselling Services in Cirencester where since 2012 I provided face-to-face counselling to walk-in, referred and long term adult clients, and more recently adolescent clients.
I am experienced working with depression, stress, anxiety, grief, loss, low self -esteem, sexual abuse, disorders, chronic fatigue syndrome/ME, dissociation, anger, relationships, disabilities, Asperger's syndrome, OCD, phobias, spirituality, suicidal thoughts.
I also have experience providing care and companionship to the elderly, including those with Alzheimer’s and those that have suffered from stroke and require palliative care. This work needed the Carer to invest time to listen and acknowledge each residents story with respect, empathy and compassion, while still looking to meet their daily needs. My experience also includes offering daily support to a young lady with Asperger’s Syndrome. The role required flexibility, compassion and sensitivity along with strength of character to achieve a balanced dynamic in this one-to-one relationship.
Testimonials from past clients:
“I will miss you, the support and the sessions greatly. You are inspirational Dawn and thank goodness in a world with such darkness, that there are people like you casting light, hope, compassion and love. It helps to know you are on the planet even though I won’t be seeing you anymore.”
“Just a note to say a very big thank you for all the help and support you have given me over the course of the year. The safe, non-judgemental environment you create, together with your kindness, warmth and wisdom, have been invaluable to me, thank you. It has all been integral to helping me to grow as a person.”
“I just want to say thank you so much for all your help over these 22 weeks! I couldn’t have done it without you……”
“Thanks for being such an amazing friend and counsellor. You will always have a special place in my heart.”
“Dear Dawn. I don’t know how to thank you for all that you have done for me. You have been just the right mix of dedicated professional and caring, compassionate friend. Whoever benefits from your counselling skills next is very lucky. I will certainly miss you.”
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
50 Minute Weekly Counselling Sessions are £50 per session
I review my fees annually on 1st January.