About me

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

My name is Donna and I am a qualified Integrative Counsellor running my 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.

I am experienced at supporting teenagers and adults encountering a wide range of concerns including, anxiety, depression, feeling frustrated or sad, overwhelming feelings, relationship breakdowns, bullying, low self-esteem, domestic abuse, work related issues, stress, confidence, loneliness, bereavement and past/present trauma.  I am also experienced working with clients who have addiction related problems such as alcohol, drugs, food and gambling or who are now in recovery.

I am under no illusion that it takes a great deal of courage to ask for help at times in our lives and this is probably why you have arrived here on my page.

Sometimes you just need someone to walk alongside you and feel what it’s like to be in your shoes as each one of us is going through a different journey in life.  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 can offer a non-judgemental, confidential space for you to discuss whatever concerns you may have.  I will not be telling you what to do or giving you advice, but I will be there to guide you and facilitate your own self growth, as you will discover, in time that you have all the answers you need.

One counselling approach does not fit all so working as an Integrative Counsellor enables me to tailor the session to your specific, individual needs.  Clients have said to me 'Donna I feel better but I’m not sure why' or 'I feel so much stronger in myself and am more self-aware'.  My response is always the same thing,  'counselling is an amazing process and you just have to trust it'.

You may discover that you just need some help with self-help tools and techniques to help you manage a little easier.  As I mentioned,  there are so many different types of counselling modalities, it’s about us finding what suits you best.  During our initial call, I will be able to explain in more detail what this means exactly.

I am here to listen to you 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.

If you have liked what you have read, please do not hesitate to text or email me with any questions you may have. Thank you for your time in reading my profile.

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

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.

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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

EAP/Health Insurance Providers

  • AXA PPP
  • BUPA
  • Vitality

Additional information

  • 10 minute, no obligation phone consultation
  • £50 per 50 minute session (Discounted fees £30.00 for students in training and for people receiving benefits)
  • Payments to be made 24hrs before session
  • Zoom, Skype, telephone sessions are available.

Cancellation Policy

I totally understand that cancellations cannot be avoided at times but would request if I could please be notified either by email or via text 48hrs before your scheduled session. If notified of cancellation within the 48hrs a full refund will be given or transferred for your following session. 

If, unfortunately, I do not receive notification of cancellation, the full amount will not be refunded due to another person being able to fill that space. Every situation is different so always willing to discuss. Thank you for your understanding.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
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Further information

A little bit more about my background.

Apart from running my own Private Practice, I also work within the Mental Health Field. I support people who are struggling with their mental wellbeing 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 issues or some clients are at a point in their lives where they have just lost their way. 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 this area of work 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 related problems and I saw and felt the impact that it can have not only on the person who is struggling 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 charity. I began supporting a young lady suffering with anxiety problems. Before she started suffering with anxiety, she was working as a full time accountant in London.

Despite coming across to the world as being a bubbly, confident young lady who was just embracing life, unbeknown to family and friends, she was also in an unhealthy intimate relationship. whereby she was being physically and emotionally abused. Over the years of staying in this relationship, her health began to decline and it began to take a massive toll on her mental wellbeing. When she eventually found the courage to reach out, she decided to leave the relationship. She had realised that she had lost her own identity and felt she was unworthy of real love and intimacy. She became totally isolated for a number of years and was even fearful of leaving the house and started suffering with panic attacks. She was struggling with low self-esteem and confidence in herself. 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 continued volunteering and found work within a local mental health charity called Imagine Independence. It was the best decision I ever made and I have never looked back. Looking back, this role most definitely gave me the seed of looking into becoming a counsellor.

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

Social

Donna Gold

Donna Gold