Gary Parsons, MBACP (Registered), MNCS (Accred)
I offer a Professional, Confidential Counselling service in Bridgwater, Somerset.
Why choose me as your Counsellor?
I work in a straightforward, jargon free, down to earth way. My approach is structured around your personal situation and experiences, at a pace chosen by you and flexible in terms of how we work together.
I make sure you feel in control of our sessions and provide regular opportunities to review our work together.
I won't tell you what to do, or judge the decisions you've made or path you choose to move forward - this is how counselling can differ from a relationship with a friend or family member.
How do we start?
Following your initial enquiry, I'll get back to you ASAP! I don't like waiting lists either, I get how frustrating it can be to build up the courage to make contact with someone and then hear nothing back. I aim to reply promptly in order to answer any questions or arrange our first meeting.
Clicking the 'EMAIL ME' red button at the top of the profile will allow you to provide details which I will respond to to get things started.
I offer a relaxed informal meeting to help you decide if I am the right person to talk to. You can ask questions and figure out if you'd like to proceed with further sessions. There is no 'hard sell' - you choose if you'd like to continue, we can discuss days and times that work for you, the purpose of our sessions, and how we will know when the time is right to complete our work together.
For more info please check out my website at https://garyparsonscounselling.com, or get in touch with any questions you might have.
Training, qualifications & experience
My approach to working is known as Integrative - in a nutshell this means my training enables me work flexibly within a structured framework to help guide me in my work with you as our sessions progress.
- Registered British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Member
- Accredited National Counselling Society Member
- Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
- Level 4 Diploma in Counselling
- Level 4 Certificate in Approaches to Addictive Behaviour
- Level 3 Advanced Certificate In Counselling
- Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
I engage in regular Continued Professional Development (CPD) days, attending workshops, courses and online training days in order to continue learning.
I’ve worked in a range of therapeutic environments which has allowed me experience a diverse demographic of individuals, including agency work, hostels and schools.
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.
National Counselling Society
The National Counselling Society
This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.
In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. 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
- Initial meeting (approx 30-40 minutes).
This provides an opportunity to discuss how counselling may be of use to you, to explore your circumstances, hopes and expectations for our work together, and to ask any questions you have.
I'll explain my confidentiality policies and give you a bit more information about how I work.
- Standard Individual counselling sessions are £50.00 (50 minutes).
Sessions are booked at an initial frequency of one appointment per week. Frequency adjustments may be discussed during session reviews.
Payment of fees is made at the end of each session, currently payment accepted is Cash or Bank Transfer. Receipts can be provided.
If you have any further queries or need to know more, please don't hesitate to contact me - there's no such thing as a silly question!
I work from a community building, this has several advantages for you;
- Good free parking,
- Within walking distance of regular bus routes,
- Ground floor access for chair users or those who struggle with stairs,
- Clean accessible toilet facilities,
- Safe, warm, comfortable private setting to talk in.
Maps and detailed directions are available on my website.