Gala Connell (She/Her), MA, Registered MBACP (Accred)
Hello and welcome to my page.
As a counsellor and psychotherapist, I have the privilege of bearing witness to very personal human experiences. No two stories or relationships are the same and my focus is on understanding you, your life and what is important for you. We will look for the answers together.
My way of working is evidence-based, informed by a number of well-established theories and therapeutic approaches and reflects my core values as a practitioner: curiosity, respect, collaboration and honesty.
I aim to provide an inclusive service irrespective of age, gender, sexual orientation, culture, or disability.
My therapeutic approach
I work in a way that uses the experience of the therapy process to increase self-awareness and bring about emotional change. We don’t just talk ABOUT things, we work towards finding and attending to where your life is stuck or where you feel pain or emptiness. We work directly with emotions and you learn to use your emotions as information to figure out your needs and the ways to meet them.
I believe that the patterns that emerge in our relationships with ourselves and other people are key to who we are and how we feel. This includes the counselling relationship. You will notice that I often pay attention to what happens between us and will invite you to do the same.
Therapy is a relationship that allows you to meet and truly know yourself. It is a space for you to feel and express emotions, recognise what you need and ask for it, say ‘no’, take risks, be vulnerable, be in charge, stand up for yourself, trust, set or test boundaries, make mistakes, make amends – or do whatever else is needed to fulfil your specific therapeutic task and start living life on your own terms, making conscious choices that feel right to you.
Coming to counselling and opening up to a stranger can be daunting. It is my priority to provide a safe and confidential space for you to be in. I will treat everything that you share sensitively and with respect.
How to get started
As coronavirus continues to impact our lives, we will do the work remotely via Zoom video link or over the phone. Delivering therapy in this way has proven to be just as effective and comes with the added benefits of being more flexible and safer during Covid.
Please message me from this platform or send a text to my phone. You can also call me. When I work, I turn my phone off, so if you don’t get an answer, please, leave a message and I will get back to you. If you have any questions or concerns, we could arrange a free 15-minute telephone conversation to help you decide.
The work starts with an initial consultation, which is an opportunity for us to think about your needs in therapy. I will invite you to share what brings you to counselling, what you might want to understand about yourself and what change you hope to experience in the process. We will then discuss how we may work towards your goals. For you, it Is also an opportunity to size me up and to decide whether you want to work with me.
If it feels helpful and you wish to continue with regular counselling, we will agree on the day and time of our weekly sessions.
Please, contact me with any questions.
Training, qualifications & experience
MA in Psychotherapy and Counselling – University of Leeds
Certified Counsellor for Depression (Person-Centred Experiential Therapy, PCET) – York St John University
Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) Level 1 - Southern California Institute of Emotion-Focused Therapy (USA)
Modules from MSc in Clinical Mental Health Counselling -
Nova Southeastern University, Florida (USA):
- Human Sexuality
- Group Theory and Practice
- Substance Abuse Counselling
Diploma in Supervision - Leeds Centre for Psychological Development (LCPD) - qualification in progress
I am a registered and accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by their Ethical Framework.
I am committed to continuous professional development and stay on top of current research in the psychological therapy field. I am subscribed to research databases to browse and read important new publications and I undertake further training regularly.
My experience includes working as a counsellor in the NHS, voluntary sector and higher education settings. Alongside my private practice, I currently work with the NHS patients as a Counsellor for Depression.
I am experienced in working with difference and cultural diversity, including working with interpreters. I offer therapy in English and Russian.
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
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Co-dependency and co-dependent relationships
- Adult Children of Alcoholics
- Dynamics of attachment in adult life
- Stable serious mental illness
- Chronic and/or life-limiting physical illness
- Medically unexplained physical symptoms
- University students' mental health
- Emotion-focused therapy
£50.00 per session
Session length is 50 minutes
I have limited availability of places for people on a low income. Please, contact me to discuss details if this applies to you.
My practice is fully insured.
I am a registered provider for Cigna Insurance.