Felicity Tutton MBACP (Accred)
During the current Coda-19 period, I am only able to offer online therapy via Zoom video. I am taking additional training (* see 'training section', below) to equip me for working online, and have compiled an informative guide to accessing therapy online, which I can send you once we have made contact.
I will take National guidance as to when to resume face-to-face work, which is normally my preferred way of meeting. Do get in touch if you'd value support during this challenging time.
As a a human being foremost, and as a therapist, I would like to play my part in this current crisis. I am therefore, currently offering two sessions at weekends for Key Workers, at reduced rates. Please see my 'Fees' section.
Welcome to 'Hope Matters Therapy', my private practice. Since opening it in 2014, many people have greatly valued this independent space as, whilst well meaning, family and friends can feel too close to talk to, or be less available due to their own issues.
With much experience as a BACP accredited counsellor, and additionally as a senior trainee psychotherapist, I offer professional therapeutic support to adults, teens and couples looking for warm, yet confidential and professional therapy.
I enjoy supporting people in wide ranging issues, including:
- challenging marital, family, or other, relationship difficulties
- loss and bereavement
- low self esteem and confidence
- feeling stuck, finding it hard getting back on your feet
Any one of us can struggle with our mental health at times. This, and trauma, are areas I am especially passionate about working with, including, for example:
- anxiety, stress, panic attacks
- difficulties resulting from attachment issues, or trauma or abuse, e.g. post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); dissociation
- personality 'disorders'. (See 'Other areas of counselling below')
- monitoring medication prescribed for mental health reasons
I offer both long and short term therapy.
The first session is a chance for you to ask questions and allows us to explore what style and length of therapy will be most helpful to your individual situation. We can identify goals to work towards together, including:
- gaining greater self-awareness, compassion and acceptance
- finding new choices, coping strategies and hope
We will review our work together regularly. Endings are an important part of the process, so we will plan together for an ending that is satisfying and supportive to you.
As a Christian, I enjoy sharing journeys with people from different, same or from no faith backgrounds.
I am often told I have a deep level of empathy and understanding for others. This I believe comes partly from my own valued experiences of being in therapy, which has been a significant part of helping me work through tangles in my personal life journey.
Finally...as an ancient Chinese proverb says,
"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step".
If you feel ready to step out on that journey and would like to find a fellow traveller to accompany you, then I look forward to hearing from you.
Training, qualifications & experience
Qualifications, training and experience:
My qualifications include:
- CPCAB Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling
- MSc (2015 - 2020) in Gestalt Psychotherapy at The Metanoia Institute, London.
My Gestalt training reflects my commitment to developing a strong therapeutic relationship to support the work.
Gestalt is a German word meaning 'whole'. Believing that as human beings we cannot separate our bodies, minds and emotions, I work holistically, for example, helping you notice and pay attention to sensations arising within your body. Such feelings often contain important messages, e.g. that you are feeling anxious or are angry. Hence becoming more in tune with our bodies is very supportive generally, also a valuable part of healing trauma.
I also draw from: Creative therapy; Transactional Analaysis (TA); Mindfulness; Sensorimotor psychotherapy; Compassion Focussed Therapy; Psychoeducation; Neuroscience
My continued professional development training includes:
- COVID 19 Telehealth course - "Moving Your Practice Online" (training provider - Online Therapy Institute) (March-April 2020)
- trauma training (previous); (2020) 'Diploma in Contemporary Trauma Practice' (training provider - Relational Change).
- couples counselling
- Certificate in Supervision, Centre for Supervision and Team Development (CSTD) Bath.
Non related qualifications: BEd (Hons) in primary teaching; Post Graduate Diploma in Special Educational Needs (Visual Impairment)
I am a member of the following professional bodies:
- BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists), as a Registered and accredited member (MBACP Accred)
- UKCP (United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapists), as a trainee Psychotherapist
- ACC (Association of Christian Counsellors), as a registered member
- UKAGP (United Kingdom Association of Gestalt Practitioners), as a trainee member
- EAGT (European Association for Gestalt Therapy)
A little more about me...
Why did I continue training as a psychotherapist?
For me, training as a psychotherapist grew from my passion for my counselling and is supporting me to become more informed and reflective about my work. Psychotherapy training lasts five years and includes a mental health placement which has given me much insight into mental health conditions, medication and services available. I am in personal weekly therapy throughout my five years to give me fuller understanding of my own process, which in turn supports me to work at deeper levels with clients. Also, being 'psycho' therapy, it gives understanding in how to work relationally with deeper issues including trauma, attachment and personality adaptations. (www.nhs.uk/conditions/Psychotherapy/)
In addition to my private practice, I have also been:
- a senior peripatetic counsellor, and clinical supervisor, with TIC+, a Gloucestershire charity offering counselling to young people aged 9 - 21 years.
- a volunteer counsellor (5 years) with Willows Counselling Service in Swindon, where I gained a wealth of training and experience in working with trauma, dissociation and disrupted attachment.
Counselling and psychotherapy weren't my original background. Previously, I worked as a primary teacher, before moving into special needs education where I specialised in working with young people aged 0 - 18 year who were registered either blind or visually impaired. I chose to retrain as a counsellor as I realised that my real passion was in supporting people of all ages in a more holistic way.
I named my private practice, 'Hope Matters Therapy' because of my deep belief that for all of us as human beings, being able to find and hold onto hope is an essential part of our well being.
Central to my work as a therapist, I am a wife, and a mother to three adult children, my youngest of whom was adopted internationally. Today, my family today is becoming ever more multicultural, with four different countries being represented, reflecting my love for difference and diversity.
To relax, I enjoy walking my two Romanian rescue dogs and learning from them about survival, learning to trust again, healing from pain and unconditional love.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Panic attacks
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I am also passionate about working with:
- Personality diagnoses (e.g. borderline, narcissistic and schizoid). I prefer to call these personality 'adaptations' or 'disrupted attachment issues' as see them as arising, through no fault of our own, from relationships often in early life. I can offer you support with these adaptations in a relational, non-shaming way.
- Survivors of trauma and abuse.
- Counsellors, including students, wanting their own therapy.
- Clergy, ministers of religion.
- Cultural diversity.
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Compassion-Focused Therapy
- Couples counselling
- Family/systemic therapy
Photos & videos
£50 for individual therapy - 50 minutes
£40 for individual therapy (under 18s) - 50 minutes
£60 for couples/family therapy - 60 minutes
However, I believe that therapy should be available to everyone, so am able to offer a few day time concessions to those on low income and student counsellors needing their own therapy. Please talk to me if this would be helpful.
During this Coda-19 crisis period, I am offering two Key Workers weekend sessions for 50% off the above individual rate. Please mention this when you enquire.
I offer clinical supervision to both student and qualified counsellors - please see my separate profile.
I accept payment by cash, cheque and bank transfer.
I offer day time or early evening sessions during the week. Counselling usually works best when we can meet on the same day and time each week, although I can sometimes be accommodating if shift work means you need greater flexibility.
Venue information OR further information
I use a comfortable, confidential and professional room (See photo). There is free parking by the building, main bus routes close by, a ramp for easy access and same level cloakroom facility.
Being based in Hucclecote, Gloucester, I am within easy reach from other areas too, e.g. Stonehouse, Stroud, the Forest and Cheltenham.
My contact details:
You are welcome to contact me by phone or email. If I unable to answer immediately, I will return your call or message as soon as possible. I look forward to hearing from you.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I am a qualified, though out of practise, Braillist. Previously I trained and worked with children and young people with visual impairment. It's important for me that people with any form of disability have full access to therapeutic services.
I offer day & evening weekday sessions; also weekends for Covid-19 Key Workers. Please get in touch to see if you and I can find a mutually suitable day and time.
Types of client
Supervision & training
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