Gareth Vaughan Dip. Couns, MBACP Accredited Counsellor
“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand, they listen with the intent to reply. They’re either speaking or preparing to speak”
Hello, my name is Gareth, I am an experienced (BACP) British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy Accredited Counsellor and have been working in this field for over 10 years. I offer a calm and safe place for clients who are experiencing emotional issues and distress to talk about how they are feeling, and what is causing them concern. I use an integrative approach which means I see everyone as unique so the counselling techniques used must be tailored to your needs and personal circumstances and will best help you feel more resilient and able to manage current and future changes.
I believe counselling should be meaningful, grounded in genuine warmth, positive regard and acceptance. By building these qualities into our confidential therapeutic relationship it will help us to explore the difficulties that you are facing and hopefully, together we can resolve or learn to manage them better.
What I can help with
I offer counselling to people experiencing a wide variety of issues including:-
Depression, Anxiety, Bereavement, Loss, Cancer treatment, Body changes, Stress, Panic Attacks, Work-related problems, Abuse (psychological, emotional and physical), Bullying, Relationship problems, Childhood issues, LGBTQ+, Trauma, and Confidence.
Bereavement, Loss, and Grief Counselling
I am a specialist in bereavement, loss, and grief- which can feel like or induce issues such as anxiety, depression stress and work problems. Grief is what we feel when somebody we are close to dies. Everyone experiences grief differently and there is no 'normal' or 'right' way to grieve.
Loss and grief can appear in other life events as well
· A relationship breakdown
· Death/ loss of a family pet
· Loss of health / loved one’s health
· Body changes
· Losing a job/ home
· Loss of financial stability
· A miscarriage/death of a child
· Loss of friendship
Experiencing a cancer diagnosis can be one of the most difficult things to deal with. It can cause a mix of emotions, anxiety, stress and anger levels can heighten. Low mood and depression can be common when dealing with a life-threatening situation. Counselling can help you explore your thoughts and feelings which may be feeling like they have been turned upside down, many people report not wanting to burden family and friends with your fears. Having a safe space to discuss how you feel can help build better-coping strategies to support you during and after your treatment and deal with any mental health issues which may arise.
Length of time together
Our time together will be agreed upon by you, we can discuss your needs as our work exploring and managing your situation progresses. This may be two to four sessions or a longer period of sessions where we have regular reviews to see where we have progressed and what may still need to be looked at.
Please contact me by email or telephone if you would like an informal chat about counselling.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have gained a BSc (Hons) in Counselling Psychology, Diploma in Counselling, Certificate in Brief Solution Focused Therapy, Certificate in Clinical Supervision and I am an MBCT Mindfulness teacher.
I am an Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and a graduate member of the British Psychology Society (BPS).
I have experience of helping people across a diverse range of situations, from helping people to manage difficult life events, such as bereavement or past and present relationships, to working with stress, anxiety, depression and other struggles we may face.
I am currently a counsellor and supervisor within a specialist NHS cancer team, I have worked with an NHS IAPT counselling service focused on counselling people with Depression and Anxiety. I have also worked within a hospice and specialist bereavement service.
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
The above areas give you an idea of the different work I do, please do not worry if you can not see your reason for seeking counselling. Everyone is different and we don't always fit into the labels of modern life. If you would like to discuss your needs please contact me via email or telephone.
My fees are:
£45.00 per session for individuals (60 minutes) The first session will be where we together assess what support you need and how we will structure this support.
I also accept EAP (Employee Assistance Program) referrals.
Concessions are available for counselling students and those on a low income, please contact me for more details.
Cancellations should be made as soon as possible/ 48 hours in advance to avoid fee payment. I will subsequently do my very best to inform you if I should ever need to make a cancellation.
Payment can be made by- cash, bank transfer or Paypal (Payment is required before the beginning of sessions).
Concessions offered for
Appointments are available daytime and evening please contact me to discuss availability.
At our first appointment, we will discuss what has brought you to counselling, decide what you would like to focus on and talk about the frequency and number of sessions you feel you may need. Throughout our sessions, we can review the work we are doing to ensure it is working for you and you are getting the most out of our time together.