Gavin Johnston Stewart
As your counsellor, during our time together, I will make every effort to:
understand your world, value you unconditionally, be genuine.
I am not just a supportive listener, my training and experience can facilitate greater awareness of yourself, your influences and how you are in the world. These insights can bring meaningful change.
You might come with specific things to address or they might be harder to pinpoint, perhaps feelings of anxiety, low mood, lack of confidence....
A client has described me as the 'impartial person who has the training to listen and respond appropriately with comments and questions that empower the investigation of self'
Impartial does not mean uncaring; another has said: 'in essence I feel you have cared for me..and reminded me to look after myself'.
My role is to provide a protected, calm and non-judgemental space where you will feel increasingly able to:
Feel less anxious, more connected to those around you.
Value yourself more.
Feel less guarded, self protective, threatened.
Rely increasingly on your own experience, less on others' opinions.
Be open to your genuine feelings and experience, both past and present, to trust and act on them.
Accept the movement and change in you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a Postgraduate diploma in counselling from the University of East Anglia.
I work in the person centred approach.
I attend regular supervision to conform to BACP codes of practice.
I have a DBS check and hold professional indemnity insurance.
As well as working privately, I volunteer in a low cost counselling agency.
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
£40 for up to 1 hour, working one to one.
£60 for up to 1 hour, working with a couple.
I work from a consulting room at home in Woodbridge where parking is available, around 10 minutes walk from the railway station.