Gail Venables MBACP Accred.
Welcome to my profile! I am a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist and Counsellor (for individuals and couples), offering help for low mood, depression, anxiety, panic, stress, relationship problems, self esteem, anger and many other problems (please see below).
I work in Leominster and the Presteigne/Radnor area of Powys.
I offer Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Counselling to individuals on most issues, plus Couple Counselling and Relationship Counselling (also see below).
I hope you find the following information helpful when taking the difficult step in trying to choose the right therapy and the right counsellor for you.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) actively challenges thoughts and behaviour patterns and works towards positive changes with a focused and problem- solving approach, providing strategies for coping with life beyond therapy. It is based on the theory that the way we think and behave has a direct effect on our mood, and our ability to cope with all that life throws at us.
CBT helps us to understand our lives better, and teaches us techniques to challenge and change old patterns, relieving distress and building resilience. It can help us break out of the vicious cycles that keep us where we don’t want to be.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy can help with:- Anger Issues, Anxiety and Panic Attacks, Excessive Worry, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Eating Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Phobias, Relationships, Self-harm, Stress Management, Self-Esteem and much more.
CBT involves:- Working in a focused and problem solving way. The therapy aims to be time-limited, with an end in sight. This can keep the cost down.
Working together to understand your difficulties. I work alongside you, focusing on your goals for change. I do not impose interpretations or judgements, but help you come to a better understanding of your life, actively looking for solutions to your problems and/or working towards acceptance.
Challenging negative thoughts and behaviour, helping you to replace them with new and more helpful ways of being. I will try and help you understand why you think and behave as you do and support you in working towards a happier self.
A flexible approach to your needs. Whilst working in a focused way for day to day problems, CBT can take time to look at the roots of your distress, often from your childhood and/or family of origin. This is not the focus for treatment, however, an increased understanding can help you to break free from the power of the past, giving you new choices and opportunities to enjoy life more fully.
Some recent feedback forms have said:-
"I can't thank Gail enough for her support and professionalism"
"Gail is warm and engaging"
"She guided and encouraged me through each session, always at my pace and has the ability to make you feel able to address painful issues and work through coping strategies"
"She enabled me to transform my life"
"I am feeling that I am now walking on solid ground"
Counselling can offer you the chance to explore and understand your feelings, and give you the time and space to talk, without feeling judged. Sharing your distress can bring relief, lighten the load and help you come to terms with your worries, moving towards acceptance and/or change. It can help you look at old problems and experiences in new ways.
Counselling can help with any concerns/worries that you have, including issues of sexuality, bereavement and sexual abuse. It can also help you explore and understand past experiences, finding new meanings and new ways of relating, to yourself and to others.
It may be that you wish to have counselling to get you through a particular time in your life, a bereavement or problems at work. It might be that you have re-occurring issues that you would like to work through. Counselling will go at your pace and you can choose to have just a few sessions, or you may wish to have more. This can be discussed further in the assessment session.
Relationship counselling is for those wishing to find someone 'special' but have lost confidence or have some issues to work through from previous relationships. It gives you the opportunity to try and understand what has gone wrong in the past and helps you prepare for the future in a positive way. Maybe you know what went wrong, or this is going to be your first relationship for some time? We can look at your hopes and fears, work on increasing your confidence or write an advert for a dating site! It’s up to you!
I can work with you on issues of loss, rejection, anger, sex, self esteem, sexuality, assertiveness, abuse, domestic violence, body image and more.
How many sessions will I need? The number of sessions you will need will depend on the problems that you face. Counselling is led by your needs and an informal assessment session would help you decide in what ways counselling might help.
Couple Counselling can help you to:-
- Resolve Conflict
- Improve Communication
- Increase Intimacy
- Explore options
- Move forward
Is your relationship in trouble?
Most of us feel devastated when our relationship gets into trouble. We are often at a loss as to where things went wrong and how to put things right. When there is no improvement, many relationships break apart, leading to separation and/or divorce.
How can counselling help?
Couple counselling can improve the quality of your relationship and help you avoid things getting to the point where separation feels like the only option. It can also help you make your own decisions as to the future of the partnership and/or come to terms with the loss of a relationship if one partner decides to leave.
Feedback March 2014 "The changes to my marriage have been nothing short of miraculous!"
There are many reasons why people do not seek help. If you or your partner are unsure as to whether to try couple counselling, then please read on.
“We can do this by ourselves!”
Many do, but how long have you been feeling like this? How long have you been trying to make changes? Are you going over and over the same ground?
“There must be something wrong with me. I have failed”
We all have problems in our relationships at times, and outside stresses can put too much pressure on us. Going to couple counselling usually means that you care enough to try and improve your relationship and are not going to bury your head in the sand and pretend things are ok. It means you deserve more!
“Talking about problems makes them worse”
Some people believe this but more people leave because their partner won’t talk! Talking is more likely to improve things even though this can feel scary at first.
“We don’t argue like other couples do, so we must be alright!”
If one of you wants counselling then this is a strong indication that you need it! You don’t have to have arguments to be at risk of separation, some never argue but the problems can still run deep.
“It might lead to us splitting up. I would prefer things to stay as they are, even if I am unhappy” It is a risk, but it is also an opportunity for increased happiness. You might prefer things to stay as they are, but does s/he? Might they leave anyway? You have a chance to stop this happening by trying couple counselling.
There is no shame in getting help Don’t leave it too late!
Please do get in touch if you wish to book an assessment or have any questions.
I wish you all the best in moving forward, whoever you choose as your counsellor/therapist.
I hope the information was helpful.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am an Accredited Counsellor (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy - BACP) and have been counselling in Herefordshire since 2004. I have a Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and am also a qualified Couple Counsellor. I have experience of working with adults, couples, small family groups and young people.
I worked part-time as a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist for Powys Health Board, 2009 - 2011. I also worked at Mediation Herefordshire as a Child and Family Counsellor, 2010 - 2011. Previous to the above, I worked for Herefordshire Relate and CLD Counselling Youth Trust. I also worked as a Family Support Worker for families with children with a disability or special need.
I have been in Private Practice since April 2011. I am a member of the BABCP Independent Practitioners Special Interest Group and also a member of (and the Administrator for) the Pilot CBT support Forum of the BABCP.
My qualifications are:
BPS Approved Certificate in Clinical Supervision 2013
Post Graduate Diploma Cognitive Behaviour Therapy 2007- 2009
Fully trained Relate Counsellor 2006
Graduate Certificate in Couple Counselling 2004
I am on the Accredited Voluntary Register for Counsellors and Pyschotherapists
B.A. Social Science Central London 1986 2:1
Mindfulness based CBT (2011) Focussing (2017)
Behavioural Couples Therapy (2016)
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (2016)
Compassionate Therapy for Complex Presentations (2017)
ACT Acceptance Commitment Therapy with Russ Harris (2018)
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
Assessment session £50
Couple Counselling £50
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy £50
1 slot a week can be offered on a concessionary basis for up to 30 weeks.
I work in Leominster, and the Presteigne/Radnor area of mid-Wales.
Maps & Directions
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