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.
Due to Covid, I am only seeing clients online until restriction are eased.
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.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I charge £60 per session. I can sometimes offer a reduced rate if my fees are out of reach for you.
For the time being, due to the Covid pandemic, I'm working online only.