Gabrielle Forshaw - Psychotherapeutic counsellor- MBACP (registered member)
Are you are struggling with a life crisis, or feeling anxious and isolated? Counselling could make a positive difference to your life. I can offer you a calm and accepting space in which to explore your feelings. I will support you in finding more clarity and peace of mind so that you can gain a deeper understanding of where changes could be made in your life to increase your sense of well being.
My hope is that you will experience me as a warm, sensitive and down-to-earth person from our first meeting and that you will feel deeply heard and understood. I work with adults of all ages and from many different backgrounds. They come with a wide variety of issues such as stress and anxiety, depression, life transitions, bereavement, low self esteem, identity, suicidal thoughts, relationship issues, parenting and unhelpful patterns of behaviour. These might be the result of current circumstances that are distressing, or connected to past experiences which feel unresolved.
My approach: I work in an Integrative way with Person centered theory at the heart of my practice. This means that I see my clients as unique individuals whose needs vary and so I use a variety of therapeutic methods to meet each client's individual needs. We will work with what feels relevant and helpful to you.
I have also trained in a Humanistic and Integrative approach to Sandplay therapy with Kenneth Rabone (also known as Sandtray). It is one of the creative approaches that I offer clients who are drawn to a more symbolic approach to working with their therapeutic process. During a sandtray session, miniature figures, objects and symbols are used to create movable scenes in a large box of sand. By using visual objects for self expression, the clients unconscious feelings and attitudes become conscious and are reflected within the safe boundaries of the sandtray box onto the characters or objects they choose to use. Whatever needs to be worked on in the present moment by the client is projected onto the chosen figures and Sandtray world that they have created. Many clients find this approach to be calming and meditative; for others it can feel cathartic and dynamic. The insights gained can be surprising, enlightening and healing and the process can shed light on a life situation or internal conflict which can then be actively worked with through ‘talking therapy’, if appropriate, in subsequent sessions. However sometimes this work involves only a few words, or, might be silent, which might enable to client to work more intuitively and actively with their imagination.
As well as my therapeutic training I have a background in mixed media visual arts and have a lot of experience working with children exploring their creativity. There is always the opportunity for clients to explore through therapeutic art expression if they decide this might be helpful for them.
I work in private practice in a comfortable room within my home in Glastonbury and can offer both brief short-term and long-term open ended counselling to individuals.
I offer a reduced fee of £20 for the initial 1 hour meeting which gives you the opportunity to meet me and for us to decide if we would like to work together.
My background: I have a background in the Visual Arts with a BA (hons.) in Mixed media textiles. Rich experiences throughout my life such as travelling and living abroad when younger; becoming a mother and an eclectic work history prior to studying as a mature student have helped me to feel comfortable relating to people from all walks of life. Some of this experience was working with adults with disabilities and SEN and also children affected by domestic violence (for Women's Aid). I was a counsellor within the voluntary sector at a local branch of the charity MIND for 3 years , where I also held the position of counselling co-ordinator for some of that time.
What to expect at our first meeting:
During our first introductory meeting you will be able to share some of how you are at this time and what you hope to get from counselling. You may have a clear idea of something specific you'd like to work with, or it may be something currently more difficult to pin down, a feeling of unease or dissatisfaction with your life or a spiritual crisis, which you would like to explore. Whilst the meeting has boundaries it is also informal and my hope is that you feel it is a space where you can comfortably ask me about my way of working and what you can expect.
Please note that there is no obligation if you decide you do not wish to go ahead.
If you decide that you would like to make a commitment for us to do counselling work together we will make an appointment, usually for the following week, and I will give you a 'counselling agreement' to take away with you to read before meeting again. I generally suggest that we try to work together for 6 weeks, then review how things are going for you, however it is always up to you whether we continue.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Psychotherapeutic Counselling Advanced Diploma (PC - L5)
- Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (TC - L4)
- Certificate in Counselling Studies (CST- L3)
- Certificate in Counselling Skills (CSK - L2)
- Diploma Sandplay. Safe Space Counselling. Advanced specialist training awarded by The National Counselling Society
- First class BA ( Hons.) Creative Arts
- Previous counsellor and counselling co-ordinator for a local branch of the mental health charity MIND
- Experienced art and textile facilitator with primary school children
- I hold a current enhanced DBS certificate.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Photos & videos
My fee is £35 / hour, payable on the day.
Concessions: I do offer a limited number of clients on low incomes and trainee counsellors a reduced rate so please feel free to discuss this with me.
Please contact me for further information.
I am based approximately 10 -15 minutes walking distance from the centre of Glastonbury.There is free parking space on the road near the house. Access is good, however for anyone with mobility issues there are 2 small steps on the path which leads up to my front door which might need to be taken into consideration.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I currently have some spaces available on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Types of client