Felicity Tutton MBACP (Accred); UKCP Snr. trainee Gestalt Psychotherapist
As we gradually come out of Lockdown, I am continuing to offer therapy via Zoom video, which I can help introduce you to if you are unfamiliar using. When appropriate, I will resume meeting in-person.
Please get in touch if you'd value support. During this challenging time I am offering a free initial 30 minute meeting for individuals over 18. (Couples, families and under 18s, please read relevant first sections below)
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 (aged 13+), couples and families 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, phobias, etc
- difficulties resulting from attachment issues, or trauma or abuse, e.g. post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); dissociation
- 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 all faith and spiritual 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 - December 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; Polyvagal Theory.
Previous additional training includes:
- Various courses in working with children, young people and families.
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 - 2021) 'Diploma in Contemporary Trauma Practice' (training provider - Relational Change).
- Couples counselling
- Certificate in Supervision, Centre for Supervision and Team Development (CSTD) Bath.
- B Ed (Hons) in 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. 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 relational levels with clients. 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. It supports me to work with more complex 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 five 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.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
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.
£50 for individual therapy (adults) - 50 minutes.
£50 minutes.for individual therapy (under 18s) - 50 minutes. (N. B. I offer an initial assessment lasting 75 minutes, where I meet with the whole family for the first part, then with the young person alone. For this, I charge the pro-rata rate of £75.)
£60 for couples therapy - 60 minutes
£75 for family therapy - 75 minutes
(N. B. During working on-line, I am offering the first initial meeting of up to 20 minutes at no charge)
However, I believe that therapy should be available to everyone, so 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 offer clinical supervision to both student and qualified counsellors - please see my separate profile.
I accept payment by cash and bank transfer. (Currently only by Bacs until face to face sessions resume).
Concessions offered for
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.