I am a BACP Registered and Senior Accredited Counsellor with 20 years experience of working in a variety of specialist settings (see below), including the NHS (GP practice). I therefore have experience of supporting people through many difficult and challenging situations.
My key aim as a counsellor is to create a warm and down to earth environment where my clients can feel safe and comfortable enough to open up, be honest and move forward.
It's my firm belief that counselling can help people, whether it's to deal with a specific issue which has come along or whether it's to deal with longer term problems which keep re-emerging. For this reason I offer short or long term therapy which is designed to suit your needs.
Whilst I have experience and training in a variety of issues (see below) I am particularly keen to help those who find life difficult as a result of experiencing problems in their childhood years, for whatever reason.
In order to help you in the best way possible I will use an eclectic model of counselling. This means I combine a few different training approaches and am always open to new ideas. I'll explore strategies and skills with you to help equip you to cope with your issues. I believe no two people, or their experiences, are alike and consequently an approach which does not rely on one single method is more suitable for helping people.
I decided to train as a counsellor because I became concerned at the way the world seemed to be progressing and I wanted to make a positive difference to people who were having difficulties coping in that world. I will do my very best for you, using my experience and professional training as a counsellor and my own experience of the difficult world we can live in.
SOME ANONYMOUS CLIENT FEEDBACK
"Gail has helped me over the past couple of years with a range of anxiety issues, some of which I never thought I could overcome. She has helped me greatly in re-training my mind and point of view for which I am extremely grateful. I would definitely recommend Gail to others suffering with anxiety related/health issues. Thanks Gail".
"The sessions really helped me sort my head out following intense emotional abuse. Gail was very supportive, allowing me time to talk and think through the issues that had affected me. She is an excellent counsellor".
"A very worthwhile and helpful experience. In a slightly mad world it helped me get back and remain on track. Reassuring to get an experts viewpoint - highly recommended".
"Gail was very supportive right from my first session to my last. Lovely lady! Lovely touch at my last session was a poem, which coincidentally was the same poem my Mum chose for me to read at her funeral. I suspect it was a sign!"
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been running a small private practice (Knight and Day Counselling) since qualification. I take referrals from the general public but in this time I have also worked in the following settings:
- NHS - 8 years as a GP counsellor - Winshill Medical Centre, Burton (2003-2011) and 2 years Therapeutic Smoking Cessation for East Staffs PCT (2002-2004).
- Employee Assistance Associate (2005+) - I have worked alongside 7 EAP's counselling staff in various organisations such as British Rail, Councils, NHS, Police & BTP, The Prison Service (3), Royal Mail, Probation Service, Ambulance service etc. *I have also provided onsite Professional Support Services and debriefing work for some of these organisations.
- Phoenix Counselling Service - Lichfield district (2018+)
- Pathway Domestic Abuse - Lichfield (2.5 yrs)
- Prison Bereavement Counselling - Staffordshire (2 yrs)
- Cornerstone Housing Charity - Lichfield (1 yr)
- Sexual Abuse & Rape Advice Centre - Burton (1.5 yrs)
- Alcohol/Drug Services Staffs - now 1Recovery - (2001 2 yrs)
* I am also an Anxiety UK helpline volunteer and have also been involved with befriending schemes for Age Concern and the Shenstone Live at Home Scheme.
I attempt to gain a wide range of knowledge via training. A portion of the courses/seminars attended since qualification are listed here:
Managing anger & conflict (EPB), Brief therapy for depression (Mindfields), Anxiety and depression (J Briscoe), Sexual abuse and domestic violence (SARAC), Developing assertiveness & self confidence (EPB), Self harm (J Briscoe), Understanding bereavement (Cruse), Understanding Eating Disorders (BEAT) .....etc
1) BASRT - Working with Trauma & Sexuality in the consulting room. 2) PODS x 5 - Living with Dissociation, Trauma and the Body, Relational Trauma, Recovery, Clinical Practice. 3) European Society for Trauma and Dissociation & First Person Plural Foundation Course - 'Understanding and Working with Dissociation'. 4) REWIND - The Fast Trauma and Phobia Cure (HG).
Plus: 'How to do counselling online: A coronavirus primer' course via BACP and The Open University (June 2020).
-MBACP (Snr. Accred.) - BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor (2012)
-MBACP (Accred) - BACP Accredited Counsellor (2005)
-Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Humanistic) (2002)
-Certificate in Solution Focused Practice (2017)
-Certificate in 3rd Wave CBT - BPS Approved (2019)
-Certificate in Alcohol & Substance Misuse Counselling (2002)
-Primary Certificate in Critical Incident & Post Trauma Management (2006)
-B.A. (Hons) Applied Social Science (main subject Psychology - 1987)
In addition I am:
** BUPA recognised
** A Foundation for Infant Loss Accredited Member
**An Associate member of ACTO (Association for Counselling and Therapy Online)
** An Anxiety UK approved therapist providing therapeutic support to the charity’s members and partner beneficiaries. I am subject to Anxiety UK’s regular monitoring of my professional qualifications, supervision, continual professional development, insurance and professional body membership in addition to complying with the ethical framework and professional standards set down by my registered governing body.
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
£50.00 per session
EAP/Health Insurance Providers
I offer a free initial telephone conversation. This is a chance for you to see if you feel comfortable with me and briefly discuss the issues at hand.
Appointments from 9.00am - 5.00pm but flexibility exists.
I no longer offer face to face counselling but do offer online counselling via Zoom or via telephone.
You can contact me initially via telephone or email. We could have a brief 15/20 minute conversation via phone if you wish where you can ask any questions and let me know a little about the problems at hand. Later, at the first proper appointment, I'll be taking more detailed information about you, your life and what you hope to gain from counselling. There will be no obligation to proceed after this first session.
*please see my own website for an introductory video.