Felicity Tutton MBACP (Accred)
Hello and welcome to my profile.
I set up 'Hope Matters Therapy' in 2014 to offer professional therapeutic support to people looking for warm, yet confidential and professional counselling. Such an independent space can be invaluable as at times, whilst well meaning, family and friends can feel too close or involved to confide in.
Having much experience as a BACP accredited counsellor, I enjoy working with adults, couples, and young people aged 11+.
Next year, I will complete my Psychotherapy qualification, an additional five year programme. The difference between counselling and psychotherapy can be a confusing one, please see under 'qualifications and experience' section if you are interested in my attempt to offer some clarification.
I welcome people looking for support 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
- having something you need to get off your chest.
Perhaps you would value support with your mental health. I believe that being human means at times we can all struggle with this, as it can be affected by many factors, e.g. stress, financial and work pressure, illness, weather (the 'winter blues'), our chemical make up, trauma and abuse.
Mental health is an area I am especially passionate about, so I really welcome meeting you if you would like help with:
- anxiety, stress, panic attacks
- difficulties resulting from attachment issues, or trauma or abuse, e.g. post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- personality adaptations (referred to as 'disorders' in medical settings). (See 'Other areas of counselling below').
I offer both long and short term therapy, and your choice can depend on a combination of factors, including issues you are bringing and what you are hoping to gain.
The first session is a chance for you to ask any questions you may have. It allows you time to sense if I am someone you would like to work with, and also allows me to be comfortable that I can support you with what you are bringing.
Counselling offers a confidential and non-judgemental space where I will always accept you for who you are. Through the therapeutic relationship we build between us, we will work together towards your goals and I will support you, for example, to:
- gain greater self-awareness, self-compassion and acceptance
- complete any unfinished business
- explore new choices available to you
- set appropriate boundaries.
I draw inspiration from this ancient quote...
"Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think and twice as beautiful as you’d ever imagined. Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself." – Rumi (a 13th C. mystic)
There will be regular opportunities for us to review how your therapy is going. 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 love diversity and and 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.
And 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 (core models - Person Centred, Psychodynamic and CBT. I also draw from - Creative therapy; Transactional Analaysis (TA); Mindfulness; Sensorimotor psychotherapy; Compassion Focussed Therapy; Psychoeducation; Neuroscience)
- MSc (2015 - 2020) in Gestalt (*) Psychotherapy at The Metanoia Institute, London. http://www.metanoia.ac.uk/
(*) Gestalt is a German word meaning 'whole'. I work holistically, believing that as human beings we cannot separate our bodies, minds and emotions. In sessions, for example, I can help you learn to 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. Our bodies can offer us valuable means of support if we become more in tune with them.
(N. b. Research shows that having a strong therapeutic relationship is more important than the type of therapy chosen.)
- training in couples counselling
- Certificate in Supervision, Centre for Supervision and Team Development (CSTD) Bath.
- BEd (Hons) in primary teaching
- Post Graduate Diploma in Special Educational Needs (Visual Impairment)
- B Ed (Hons)
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
What's the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?
N.B. This is written from my own perspective having experienced both types of training.
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. The training lasts five years, i.e. two years longer than my counsellor's, and is at post graduate level. It includes a compulsory mental health placement which gives me 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.
A little more about me.
In addition to my private practice, until recently, I have 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.
Finally, yet central to my work as a therapist, I am a wife, and a mother to one married son, plus two children away at university. Parenting has given me invaluable experience...the joys, the celebrations, the pain, the tears. Perhaps unusually, in addition to having birth children, I also have one who was adopted internationally, and my family today is becoming ever more multicultural, with four different continents being represented. I love working with difference and diversity.
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:
- People who have been 'diagnosed' with personality 'disorders' (e.g. borderline, narcissistic and schizoid) and asked to find their own therapy. 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. I practice safely, where the initial focus is on supporting you to develop capacity to manage the intense, confusing symptoms you are experiencing. Developing appropriate boundaries is also an important part of this first stage. I will never push you to recall and express memories of your experience before this is in place.
- Counsellors, including students, wanting their own therapy.
- Clergy, ministers of religion.
- Individuals of any age with learning and phsyical disabilities, impairments, etc
- Cultural diversity.
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£50 for individual therapy - 50 minutes
£40 for individual therapy (under 18s) - 50 minutes
£60 for couples/family therapy - 60 minutes
These sessions fees reflect my experience, BACP Accreditation and my commitment to further psychotherapy training. My choice to work from my own private and confidential room means that I don't pass onto you overheads associated with working from a commercial building.
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. I don't operate a waiting list so if I have no concessions at the time you enquire can offer you alternative contacts.
I offer clinical supervision to both student and qualified counsellors at £40 for 50 minutes.
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.
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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 time sessions during the week, including early mornings and evenings. Please get in touch to see if I have a suitable day and time for you.
Types of client
Supervision & training
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