Donna Giovannone King
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Hi I'm Donna, a fully qualified, experienced, genuine, caring empathic counsellor. I offer my clients a warm, friendly and non judgemental therapeutic atmosphere thus allowing them to feel safe and comfortable enough to reflect and rediscover themselves.
Over the last 18 years I have worked with people from all walks of life with issues incorporating just about every problem a human being can find themselves having to cope with. I have travelled with them on their personal journeys, helping them to identify negative thinking patterns that may be feeding feelings of sadness, depression or anxiety, and encouraged them to build upon personal strengths and skills that can help overcome feelings of hopelessness, thus enabling them to develop a more positive attitude.
I believe everyone is unique, and everyone deals with life's challenges in different ways, together we will look at effective ways of dealing with the challenges that life throws at us, we will work collaboratively at your own pace to enable you to make choices and decisions that allow you to take control of your own life, resulting in personal growth and self awareness and empower you to formulate solutions and move forward in a positive direction.
Training, qualifications & experience
BSc Honours degree Systemic Counselling University of South Wales
Advanced Diploma Counselling Coleg Gwent
VC23 Humanistic Theory
VC25 Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
VC221 The Developing Practitioner
VC22 Therapeutic Practice
Accredited- Registered member of B.A.C.P British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists
In conjunction with my continuing professional development I have also undertaken further courses:
Mental Health First Aid
A.S.I.S.T. (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
Streetwise - Drug & Alcohol Abuse
Barriers & Solutions - Learning needs of people with serious mental illness
Domestic Abuse Awareness Training
Blood Borne Viruses & HIV Training
Mindfulness & Reflective Practice
WORK & EXPERIENCE
In addition to my private practice I am currently employed as a Counsellor by a Cardiff Mental Health Charity.
I have worked within the field of mental health for several years and have sound experience of working with people with Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, Schizophrenia and Personality Disorder.
I am also currently working for the Domestic Abuse Prevention Team in the Vale of Glamorgan.
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Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
£40.00 per session individuals
£75.00 per session couples
I offer appointments weekdays, weekends and evenings
Concessions available for clients in difficult circumstances, students or block bookings.
Concessions will be negotiated on an individual basis.
Payment is by cash or cheque.
Please contact me for a free, friendly no obligation necessary chat to discuss.
When I work
I offer daytime, evenings and weekend appointments
I work from a first floor, warm friendly counselling room, which can be easily accessed by public transport. There are also several free parking spaces within close proximity.
Undergoing therapy was the best decision I've ever made for myself. I have suffered with depression and anxiety for the majority of my life and I was desperate to find a sustainable long-term solution that I could build on to help me have a happier life.
Therapy with Donna has helped me control my high levels of anxiety and better understand how anxiety feeds depression, low self-esteem and supress creativity. She provided a nurturing, safe and non-judgemental environment to help me first identify areas in my life that caused anguish and how to change them and turn my life into something far more positive. Together we have explored stratergies that have really worked for me and after what seems a lifetime of hopelessness, I am finally beginning to feel positive about life, enjoying new challenges and making a much brighter future, not only for myself but for the people I love. For me therapy has been a gift of a lifetime, my only regret is that I didn't do it sooner.