Fiona Godfrey MBACP
The Wellbeing Centre
5 New Road
I'm a warm, down-to-earth, experienced psychotherapist and counsellor.
Psychotherapy offers the opportunity to transform difficulty into a gateway for growth and can address feelings such as anger, anxiety, conflict, confusion, dissatisfaction, emptiness, frustration, grief, longing or stuckness. Psychotherapy provides a very contained relationship which allows for dialogue, reflection, challenge, insight and experimentation. New feelings can emerge and new behaviours can form. Changes can be deep and profound; offering new and more satisfying ways of relating to yourself and others.
You may initially be considering counselling because you're struggling with a life-event or dealing with a crisis, a loss or a decision-making process. You may have hit an impasse, or are feeling in a state of collapse or overwhelm. Counselling can be a short-term process, centering on being listened to with care and attention. This can in itself be a huge help, enabling you to feel understood, to process feelings, gain new perspectives on challenges and find new direction.
As a psychotherapist I'm able to work with clients over a longer time-frame, which enables deeper change. Having a relationship with a therapist over several years can be a real gift. I have a particular interest in attachment and the legacies of childhood emotional neglect; which often manifest in relationship problems, anxiety, a confused sense of self, low self-worth and difficulties with love, trust and intimacy.
I usually see clients weekly to begin with, though we can agree to meet less frequently once our working relationship is established. For clients who wish to work longer term, I'm also open to working in blocks, so you can take breaks and return. This can make the commitment of time and money more manageable.
I'm a humanistic, integrative psychotherapist. 'Humanistic' means that I will relate to you as a person rather than a set of problems, and that our relationship can be meaningful and genuine. 'Integrative' means that I draw on a range of approaches and interventions that can help you feel clearer, more compassionate about yourself and better resourced to manage your life. We will look at how your present-day experiences are linked with your history. I also draw on 'formative psychology' which acknowledges how our thoughts and emotions link with our bodies and our physiology.
However our work unfolds, your relationship with me will always be confidential, non-judgmental, supportive and respectful.
I currently see clients at two different locations. I have my own practice room in Steeple House, Brecon. This 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. The room in which I see clients is on the ground floor, with level access.
Training, qualifications & experience
I'm an experienced psychotherapist, having been working with clients since 2012. The majority of my work has been in private practice, though I've also worked as a bereavement support volunteer for Cruse. I trained in psychotherapy at Spectrum, London, a UKCP registered centre for humanistic psychotherapy and training. I also hold a Certificate in Counselling Skills from the Iron Mill in Exeter and a Certificate in Awareness in Bereavement Care (Cruse). My training included modules in Working with Anger, Childhood Sexual Abuse, Clinical Skills and Sexuality. I continue my links with Spectrum through ongoing Continued Professional Development and I have regular supervision of my work.
I'm currently training to specialise in working with clients who are ex-boarders. 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 huge impact on self-worth, motivation, intimacy and relationships. For further information see www.boardingschoolsurvivors.co.uk
I believe we all have resourcefulness and creativity, far greater than we often know, that we can bring to ourselves and our life experiences. 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 my life-experiences, my self-development journey and my own experiences of therapy. I'm passionate about the value of psychotherapy and maintain a commitment to my personal work.
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 a registered member of the BACP and comply with the BACP's Ethical Framework in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- 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 disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
I charge £45 per 50 minute session. I can offer reduced rates for low wage / unwaged.
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 - 7.00pm
Types of client