Diane Garnham, BA (Hons) Counselling, BACP Registered Member
Thank you for taking your first brave step towards seeking counselling support. At such an unsettling time when we are having to self-isolate and avoid human contact due to the Covid-19 virus, it is vital to know you can be listened to and can share your concerns and fears without being judged or misunderstood.
I can offer you a safe space with a supportive approach, emphasising warmth and empathy as we work together to explore the concerns you have at this time.
I have a background in social care, having spent many years supporting people with emotional, mental, physical and spiritual issues, which has given me a non-judgemental understanding and care for people facing life's uncertainties.
I often work with clients struggling to cope with anxiety, panic attacks and depression, and taking a two-fold approach where firstly we discover practical tools which can help to cope better, and secondly take time to look at the some of the underlying 'root' issues.
Trained as an Integrative Counsellor, I can draw from a variety of approaches depending upon your unique requirements. This stems from a Person-Centred approach, which means I listen, encourage, support and challenge when it seems appropriate so that together we aim to find the best way forward for you.
From personal experience, I have suffered family tragedy and am therefore sensitive to other people's painful and difficult issues, however impossible or awful they may seem to you.
I am able to provide you with a safe and confidential space where you can express your concerns honestly and openly without fear of being misunderstood or allowed to feel the way you do.
Training, qualifications & experience
BA (Hons) in Counselling
Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling
PODS Trauma Training (Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors)
ASIST Training (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)
Safeguarding Children Awareness
I am a Registered Member of both the BACP (British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy) and the Association of Christian Counsellors (ACC)
I have helped clients with:
- anxiety, stress, panic attacks, fears and phobias
- relationship issues
- bereavement and loss (including pregnancy-related loss)
- traumatic experiences
- depression, suicidal tendencies, low self-esteem
- anger and rejection
While this has been my experience, I am not limited to the above and welcome any issue you may be facing.
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
Our session would be for 50 minutes for individuals and 60 minutes for couples, and I offer long and short-term counselling at a charge of £50.00 per session for individuals, and £60 for couples, with a few concessions for students and low income families.
Initially we would have a 15 minute free consultation on the phone, in order to discover whether we feel therapy together is the best option for you.
As a registered member of the BACP and ACC, I follow their Ethical Guidelines by keeping your best interests in mind.
I very much look forward to hearing from you in the hope we can work together and share the concerns and burdens you may be feeling at this time.
Please view the pictures of my offices below or visit my website at dgcounselling.uk for further information.