Fiona Godfrey MBACP (Accredited)
I'm a warm, down-to-earth and experienced psychotherapist, counsellor and coach.
Clients generally come to psychotherapy because they are out of balance. Feelings such as anger, anxiety, dissatisfaction, hopelessness or sadness may have taken over. These feelings may have accumulated over time or come to a head due to a life-event. You may feel stuck, collapsed or overwhelmed.
Psychotherapy provides a caring context in which we can look at how your thoughts, feelings and behaviors play out in your life. Some of these patterns you may be aware of, while others may be subconscious. When we can compassionately recognise and understand what we do, we can start to take charge of old habits and make space for new and more satisfying patterns to form.
As a psychotherapist I usually work longer-term; recognising that making deep change takes time. Psychotherapy offers the opportunity to transform difficulty into a gateway for growth. It provides a contained relationship; a place of non-judgmental support, dialogue, reflection, challenge, insight and experimentation. Changes can be deep and profound. New feelings can emerge and new behaviours can form. My approach is humanistic, which means that our relationship can be meaningful and genuine. My training was integrative, which means that I'm skilled in a range of therapeutic approaches.
As a trained counsellor and coach, I can also work short-term on single issues. My style of counselling is focused and interactive. I'm able to help you get quickly to the heart of what you want for yourself and will support you through the steps towards forming something new or ending an old habit or behaviour.
I usually see clients weekly to get started. We can work out a frequency that's right for you once our working relationship is established. If you want to work longer-term, I'm open to working in blocks, so you can take breaks and return. This can make the commitment of time and money more manageable.
However our work unfolds, your relationship with me will always be confidential, supportive and respectful.
I see clients at two different locations. My practice room in Steeple House, Brecon is a light, calm, contemporary first-floor space in the centre of town. The Wellbeing Centre in Llandeilo is in a central location with free parking outside. It's on the ground floor, with level access.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a certificate in psychotherapy and counselling from Spectrum in London (2014). This was a five year modular training and I began working with clients in 2012. The majority of my work has been in private practice, though I've also worked as a bereavement support volunteer for Cruse. Spectrum's training included modules in Working with Anger, Childhood Sexual Abuse, Clinical Skills and Sexuality. I continue to engage in regular professional development and supervision at Spectrum. www.spectrumtherapy.co.uk
I also hold a Certificate in Counselling Skills from the Iron Mill in Exeter and a Certificate in Awareness in Bereavement Care (Cruse).
I have specialist training to work with ex-boarders or their partners. Attending boarding school represents a significant attachment rupture; from parents, home and siblings. Ex-boarders often struggle with the conflict between privilege and neglect and may have experienced bullying and / or abuse. In adult life, these formative experiences can have a complex impact on self-worth, motivation, intimacy and relationships. For further information see www.boardingschoolsurvivors.co.uk
I worked for many years in the arts and education and have always been passionate about supporting people to learn, change and flourish. I trained as a coach and facilitator before becoming interested in the deeper work of psychotherapy. My decision to train as a psychotherapist was also a response to my own self-development journey and my personal experiences of therapy. I'm passionate about the value of psychotherapy and maintain a commitment to working on myself.
I'm happy to talk to those interested about the theoretical frameworks that underpin my practice, which draw on Gestalt approaches and Formative Psychology.
I'm an accredited member of the BACP and comply with the BACP's Ethical Framework in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
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Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
I charge £52 per session. I'm happy to talk about a reduced rate if my fees are out of reach for you.
I am happy to offer Skype sessions once a face-to-face relationship has been established.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Tuesday - Friday 9.30am - 6.30pm
Types of client