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About me

Hello and thank you for taking the time to read my profile.

Who am I?  My name is Donna and I am a qualified Counsellor who runs her own private practice called Through the Trees Counselling.  I absolutely love my role as a counsellor.  Why? because I love supporting people to be the best versions of themselves and I hope that I can help you too.

Who can I help?  I am experienced at supporting teenagers and adults encountering a wide range of concerns including, anxiety, depression, feeling frustrated or sad, relationship issues, bullying, addiction (drugs & alcohol), low self-esteem, work related issues, stress, relationship problems, confidence, loneliness, bereavement and trauma.

I've been there too.  I am under no illusion that it takes a great deal of courage to ask for help at times in our lives as I have been there myself in my own personal life.  Sometimes you just need someone to walk alongside you and feel what it’s like to be in your shoes.  We all, at some point, experience ups and downs in our lives.  Sometimes you are able to get through and manage whatever obstacle comes your way and other times you may just find it all too difficult and overwhelming.  You may not even be able to put your finger on what the problem is as such, but you know something is just not sitting well within yourself.

So how can I help you?  To have someone who can really listen and empathise with you.  To give you space and time to talk. To really hear what you have to say and not judge you in anyway, may be all the help you need.  You may be someone who has lots of people around you such as family and friends but strangely enough, it’s not always easy reaching out to someone that you know or even love and sometimes even our closest are unable to help us, not because they don't care but they just don't know how too.

I am here to listen and see your world as you see it.  Each and every one of us are unique in our own way.  Another person may be going through exactly the same thing as you and yet that person may see things completely differently to you.  Sometimes you just need someone to see the world as you see it and look through your lens.

So if you have liked what you have read so far and think I am the type of person that could support you, or you have further questions, please do not hesitate to call me, text or email and we can have a chat.

Thank you for reading.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling CPCAB
  • Level 3 Diploma in Counselling Skills CPCAB
  • Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills NCFE
  • Level 2 Certificate in Awareness of Mental Health Problems NCFE
  • Redbridge Befriending Project - Redbridge Concern for Mental Health
  • Co Production in Health & Social Care - London Borough of Redbridge
  • Mental Health First Aid Training

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  • Mental Health Awareness
  • Safeguarding Adults
  • Anxiety & Depression
  • Autism Awareness
  • Diabetes Awareness
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorders
  • Self Harm
  • Mindfullness
  • continual personal development

A little bit more about me

My main work role is a Recovery Worker in Mental Health.   I have over 9 years’ experience working with people with various mental health concerns such as depression, personality disorder, anxiety, bipolar, schizophrenia, PTSD, eating disorders, OCD, self-harm, drugs and alcohol abuse and more.

My main aim is to help people living with a mental health diagnosis to live as independent life as is possible for them. Some people may have just become isolated from family and friends due to their mental health or some clients discover that have just lost their way in life.  There are others who may just need extra support to get them back on track. Each and every one is unique in their needs so the support is specifically tailored to the individual.   Together with encouragement, small steps and support, many clients are able to get back on track.

The reason I moved into the mental health field was that there came a point in my life that I realised I just wanted to do something more meaningful with my career than my regular office based role.

I have personally lived experience within my own family with mental health issues and I saw and felt the impact that it can have not only on the person with the diagnosis but also how it can affect their family and loved ones.

So I decided I wanted to give something back to the community and began volunteering as a befriender for a local mental health charity alongside my job as a Receptionist/Administrator.   I began supporting a young lady suffering with anxiety disorder.  Before she had become unwell,  she had graduated from university and was working successfully as a full time accountant.  She was a confident, vibrant young lady who just enjoyed life.  Unfortunately for her, she fell in love with someone who began to be physically and emotionally abusive towards her.  Over the years being in this abusive relationship, it began to take a massive toll on her mental health.  When she eventually found the courage to leave the relationship, she realised that she was a different person.  She had lost herself and her identity.  She became totally isolated for a number of years and was even fearful of leaving the house.  She was struggling with low self-esteem and confidence and started suffering panic attacks if she thought about leaving the house.   With ongoing support, encouragement and helping her to believe in herself again, she was able to turn her life around.  Thankfully,  she is in a totally different place now, working again, believing in herself and has a lovely young daughter.

The voluntary role was not only rewarding to me personally, but I felt that if I am able to help make a difference in someone’s life no matter how small, then this is the path I wanted to follow.  I decided I definitely wanted to work within a helping role,  so I left my 9-5 post and I became a Recovery Worker.  It was the best decision I ever made and I have never looked back.  I suppose this is the same reason I then pursued my dream to become a Counsellor.

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Therapies offered

  • Humanistic therapies
  • Person-centred therapy

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Fees

£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Evenings & Weekend Availability

10 minute, no obligation phone consultation.  

Thursday  5pm - 8pm

Friday       5pm - 8pm

Saturday   9am - 12pm

Sunday      10am - 12pm

50 minute sessions 

Discounts available for individuals on low income, happy to discuss

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

I am in the process of refurbishing my office.  Once this is completed I will be able to offer face to face appointments .

Further information

Availability via zoom, skype or telephone

Thursday evenings -      5pm - 8pm

Friday mornings -          9am - 12pm

Saturday mornings -      9am-12pm

Future face to face appointments will be available later in the year.

Barkingside
Ilford
IG6

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS checked

Online platforms

Skype
Zoom

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Donna Gold MBACP

Donna Gold MBACP