Gary Fletcher MBACP
I am a qualified person-centred counsellor and registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy; I offer one to one therapeutic counselling to adults and children. This can be facilitated either face to face (currently suspended) over the telephone or via online video call.
My passion is working as a counsellor supporting people with many differing needs from a wide variety of professional and private backgrounds. I offer compassion and understanding with the highest levels of confidentiality and professionalism, coupled with extensive experience in a number of other professional areas enabling me to connect and empathise with my clients.
The services I offer are a scaffold to help and improve on what is needed, to sustain and build on those building blocks of growth and success.
Therapeutic person centred counselling
This is a traditional therapy used in many areas. This therapy is based on the belief everyone has the capacity and desire for personal growth and change if a person is given the right set of conditions. The counsellor is not seen as the expert who directs the therapy. They offer unconditional positive regard, empathy and congruence in a safe protected space to help the client come to terms with negative feelings this in turn helps the client to change and develop.
This is used primarily with children. It uses play as a means to communicate with the child helping them to explore and express their feelings and emotional problems. It can allow a child to work through their anxieties where they can relearn and realign themselves helping to overcome these difficulties. When a child acts out this can been seen as bad behaviour, this is just a means of communicating the thing they are unable to express. Therapeutic play can help in this, giving the child a safe protected space to come to terms with their inner turmoil resulting in their behaviour to improve.
Training, qualifications & experience
I work at the Alder Centre, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital as a bereavement and staff counsellor. I run my own private counselling practice supporting teaching staff in education and children. I also work for a national children’s mental health charity as a child counsellor and have worked for MacMillan at Halton Hospital as a counsellor for cancer patients and their families. During this time, I have supported many clients with a large scope of needs from depression, anxiety, bereavement, Cancer treatment, disability, loss, eating disorders, pregnancy related issues, relationships, self-esteem, suicidal feelings and trauma to name a few.
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
All sessions are usually 1 hour, face to face is £50 ( this is curently suspended due to the corona virus).
Telephone and video sessions are £40.