Gavin Greig Dip.Couns MBACP Registered Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Still operating as normal, online sessions via zoom and standard telephone hours now available for all those self isolating.
I am very aware that considering starting with a Counsellor is adaunting prospect. Please do not worry, I will be there to listen and support you through whatever it is you are going through. I will provide a safe confidential, non-judgemental space where you can talk through the issues which are causing you trouble.
I would like you to be as comfortable as possible, to that end I am able to offer home visits as an option alongside counselling rooms close to Bedford town centre.
My approach to counselling is a Humanistic one (although I am able to draw upon other techniques as and when required).
I firmly believe that you are your own best expert. I am not here to tell you what to be or indeed how to fix yourself. My aim is to provide a space within which you become able to enable yourself.
I will be honest, empathic and supportive even when you are unable to be these things yourself. Helping you to sort out, get a better handle on whatever it is you are going through. Helping you to live the life you want.
I have a lot experience with Addiction Grief Loss and Depression.
Stress, Anxiety, Relationship Issues. Problems with or at work, including working relationships.
Anxiety, Guilt, Shame and Self esteem issues.
Serious illness (learning to live with) Trauma, life changing events, Disability. Also working with young adults/teenagers.
Everyone needs a bit of help from time to time and counselling is specifically that. A time dedicated to only you, where you can begin to make sense of what is happening to/for you.
If you do not feel like you, if its becoming too much, what ever it is. You do have options help is available. It wont necessarily take very long or cost that much. But it will absolutely be worth it.
As a member of the BACP I adhere to their code of ethics, my service is strictly confidential.
To book an appointment you can call me text me or email me and I will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Training, qualifications & experience
ABC Level 2 in Counselling skills
CPCAB Level 3 in Counselling studies
ABC Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Road Victims Trust Bereavement course
I attend regular continuing professional development, to keep my skills up to date with current research.
I have a experience working with Addiction in its many forms, through the NHS
Trauma, including medical trauma. Loss of mobility / health / self
Relationship and workplace issues
Online and telephone counselling
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
Online counselling hours via zoom
Telephone counselling by the hour
Face to face currently unavailable due to government guidelines.
Payment to be made at the end of each session, in cash or via bank transfer.
Session cost £35 per hour (If the location is within 10 minute drive of Bedford, or at my Bedford Location)
Discount of £5 offered to counselling students
For home visits additional charge of £5 made as a travel allowance on home visits.
(If the distance is greater than a 10 minute drive but not exceeding 20 minutes from central Bedford)
Additional £10 on standard rate for couples counselling
Costing for greater distances can be discussed on an individual basis.
Student counsellor discounted rate of £25 per session
Book and pay for five sessions in advance receive sixth session free of charge
Initial phone conversation is of course free. It is important to talk before we meet. It is all about the relationship. Having an opportunity to talk before we meet face to face I feel is very important. It helps to level the playing field.
Hours being limited to online and phone currently due to government guidelines.
Weekdays and Evenings Requests will be accommodated if at all possible
I have worked witha NHS drug and Alcohol service for over three years now. This work has given me a great deal of experience as a Counsellor. Both post and pre rehab.
I also worked with The Road Victims trust for several years, specifically as a Grief/bereavement counsellor for those who have lost loved ones in Road Traffic Collisions.
I have personally suffered serious trauma, breaking my back in a RTC 16 years ago. Although hardly a plus point, my experiences since that day have helped me become the counsellor I am now.
My aim is to help you get to a place where you feel able to continue on your own. You can always come back, the door is always open. There is a fear (historically) that once you start counselling, you are not allowed to stop. That is not the way I work.
Please check out my website: ggcounsellingservices.co.uk For further information