Fiona Godfrey MBACP (Accredited)
I'm a warm, down-to-earth, experienced psychotherapist, counsellor and coach.
Clients generally come to psychotherapy because they are out of balance. Feelings such as anger, anxiety, conflict, confusion, dissatisfaction, emptiness, hopelessness or fear may have taken over. These feelings may have come to a head due to a life-event, a challenging relationship, a loss or a difficult decision. You may feel you've hit an impasse, or are feeling in a state of collapse or overwhelm. You may be wanting a more satisfying relationship with yourself and others. 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.
I'm a humanistic, integrative psychotherapist. As a psychotherapist I usually work longer-term; recognising that making lasting change takes time. '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'm skilled in a range of therapeutic approaches. We will look at how your thoughts, feelings and behaviors create internalised 'action-patterns'. Some of these you may be aware of, while others may play out subconsciously. When we can compassionately understand what we do, and inhibit old habits, this creates space for new and more satisfying action-patterns to form.
As a 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. This form of counselling can be really valuable if you know what you're stuck on, but lack support or feel unclear about how to get where you want to be.
I usually see clients weekly to begin with, though we can meet less frequently once our working relationship is established. For clients who wish 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 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.
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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 disorder
- 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 £48 per 50 minute 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