Gaynor Bodsworth - MBACP (Accred), BACP Registered
DURING THE CURRENT COVID-19 PANDEMIC I AM OFFERING ALL SESSIONS VIA ZOOM OR SKYPE AND TELEPHONE.
Hello I am Gaynor, Thank you for taking the time to look at my profile.
Making a decision to seek counselling is a big step which I feel can take a lot of personal courage.
Finding the right counsellor you feel comfortable talking to can be a real concern. I understand that naturally you may be feeling apprehensive and nervous about making contact. Clients often ask me all sorts of questions during an initial consultation such as: What exactly is counselling? What type of counselling will I need? What should I expect from counselling sessions? How many sessions of counselling will I need? Can counselling help me?
Your First 15 Mins Telephone Consultation is FREE & INFORMAL where I will do my best to help you feel at ease as you share any problems you may be struggling with. Together we can have a warm, friendly open discussion about whether counselling will be the most suitable kind of support for you at this time, and if so which therapy approach. I am highly committed to helping people find the right support and help they need. The initial discussion will help to allay any concerns you may have. Please feel free to get in touch with me today to allay any concerns you may have.
Following our initial discussion you can decide whether you would like to make an assessment appointment. Should you decide to go ahead with further counselling sessions we will discuss together how many sessions may be required.
Counselling sessions are usually weekly however, can be on a fortnightly or monthly basis to take into consideration different requirements and budgets you may have.
My foremost concern when counselling is offering a safe and confidential space for clients to talk openly. I feel privileged when clients share their personal life stories and value the therapeutic relationship based on trust, genuine respect, empathy and non judgemental acceptance. I have a warm friendly approach and aim to help you feel respected, valued and understood, never judged. We will work together as a team to find ways of helping you manage the problems/difficulties you are experiencing. Counselling can naturally bring to the surface difficult and painful feelings/emotions, this is why I believe feeling safe and supported is essential. I will work with you to maintain the highest level of care, commitment and professionalism at all times.
My Therapy Approach
I practice from an Integrative perspective which means I use my knowledge and experience in ways that combine theoretical theory and skills from Humanistic, Solution Focussed and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. I believe no single theoretical approach 'fits all' and each person has unique needs, expectations and preferences of therapy type and style. I work collaboratively with each individual tailoring my approach to suit specific needs. My approach maximises opportunities for you to manage life problems and difficulties, improve relationships and help you make the positive changes you want in your life.
What I can help with
I have many years experience counselling in a wide variety of settings and organisations. These include Private practice, NHS primary care, Managing a Charity funded counselling service, College and University and MIND - the leading mental health charity in England and Wales. I am a fully Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and registered on the BACP Therapist Register Approved by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.
I have a wealth of experience in working with many difficulties such as Abuse, Anger Management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Bullying, Cancer, Depression, Disability, Emotional Abuse, Family issues, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Health anxiety, Men's issues, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Panic disorder, Physical Abuse, Redundancy, Relationships issues, Affairs and Betrayals, Divorce and Separation, Self-harm, Low Self-esteem, Low Self-confidence, Sexual Abuse, Stress, Suicidal Thoughts, Trauma, Womens issues and Work related stress/issues.
Continued Professional Development and further training are an integral. on-going and essential part of my practice.
I provide counselling throughout Nottinghamshire and my offices are located within easy reach of Mansfield - 2.6 Miles and 0.2 Miles from Mansfield Town Centre. My therapy rooms are comfortable, private and discreet. There is Disabled Access on the lower floor and ample off street parking. Home visits can also be arranged with a GP referral.
Clients I work with
Adults, Older Adults, Young People, Children from ages 12 years, Employee Assistant Programmes, Organisations.
How I deliver therapy
Long-term face-to-face, Short-term face-to-face, Telephone Counselling, Time-limited Therapy.
If at any time I felt that your needs would be best met by other specialist services or another counsellor we will discuss possible referral options together.
Your best interests and welfare will always remain a priority.
It is probably safe to say that I was on the verge of being suicidal when I first worked with Gaynor. I had just discovered my husband was having an affair. He continued to lie about the relationship for over three months during which it was our daughters’ wedding, my birthday and our 25th wedding anniversary.
From the very first session, Gaynor gave me techniques to use at home to keep me safe. It might have been a saying or an action but those were literally ‘life savers’. Once the initial horror of what was happening calmed down, I then worked on improving my own self-esteem and learning to cope with life’s ‘knocks’. I learnt how manage my anxiety (which stopped me eating) . With Gaynor’s help I was able to see that relationships I had with other members of my family were so destructive, I was unable to say clearly what I wanted (probably because I didn’t even know what I wanted – it had been beaten out of me as a child). I learnt about ME. I learnt how my own behaviours can impact on others. I learnt not to ‘rush in’ but to deliberate about what I want. I learnt to say ‘no’.
I have come out of the ‘other side’ a calmer, more thoughtful, more resilient individual. I still have some way to go in terms of improving my self-esteem but I can do that in my own time. The urgency of keeping myself safe has now receded.
I’m sure I could not have coped without Gaynor at the time of the discovery and subsequent lying and her continued support in my recovery has led me to be a stronger more rounded individual.
I’m her biggest fan!!
“I would like to thank Gaynor for her skills in counselling, they helped me at a very difficult time & now I have come through. Counselling has shown me that to seek help is not a weakness but about facing what life has dealt you & talking gives you the skills to cope. The rooms are very comfortable and welcoming. I would recommend this group of counsellors. Gaynor has been a rock & I thank her so much for me becoming a new & better person”
“I’d like to thank you personally for all your help. You’ve made a world or difference to my life ….Once again. I thank you. You probably saved my life”
“Counselling helped me in challenging my many negative thought processes and realising there are many positives about who I am”
“Counselling helped me to work on my abilities to cope with stress and anxiety and find a way to work on my relationships”
Training, qualifications & experience
All Accredited BACP Therapists are required to undertake a minimum of 30 hours of Continued Professional Development/Training per year.
Registered and Accredited Member of the British Association For Counselling and Psychotherapy (2010)
British Psychological Society Approved Certificate in Resource Based Therapies-
Solution Focussed Brief Therapy,
British Psychological Society Approved Certificate in Essential Supervision Skills
British Psychological Society Approved Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Introductory Course)
Mixed Anxiety and Depression (A CBT Approach)
Building Clients Self Esteem (SDS)
The Complexities of Bereavement Counselling
Working with Domestic Abuse and Male Perpetrators
Understanding Self Harm
Art Therapy and A Creative Process
Therapeutic Play Therapy
Working Together with Children and Families
Working with Sexual Abuse
Working with Emotional Abuse
Safeguarding Young People
Counselling and the Autistic Spectrum
Counselling and Asperger Syndrome
Adult Mental Health Part 1 and 2
Race Equality and Anti-Discrimination
Drug Awareness Training
How does the medical model influence Counselling and Psychotherapy (Dr Rachel Freeth)
Young People, Anger, Hatred and Self Esteem
Young People, Anxiety and Depression
CPCAB (Counselling and Psychotherapy Central
Awarding Body) Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and Psychotherapy (2004)
Please note this is not an exhaustive list.
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
As an independent psychotherapist at Tailored Counselling Services I can offer an initial assessment appointment within the first 3 days of your referral. The initial face to face appointment fee is £60.00 payable by cash or card at the appointment or in advance by BACS.
A free 15 minute telephone consultation is available.
Our initial contact is an opportunity for you to discuss your difficulties and to ask any questions you may have or expectations about therapy.
For Organisations (e.g. health care insurance) please contact me to discuss specific costs.
Fees (per session)
Counselling Session £60.00 (60 minutes)
Low income clients and Counselling Students - A limited amount of reduced fees are available.
Discount for block bookings:
A reduced cost of £5 a session is available on a block of five appointments, an advance payment is required in full when making a block booking.
Please be advised that a full charge will be made for a cancelled appointment if 24 hr notice is not received via a telephone call to me.
Cancellation Policy - I operate a 24 hr cancellation policy, otherwise a full charge will have to be made as I will be unable to fill the appointment.
Provisional appointments given will be held for 24 hrs, after that I may re-issue so please confirm your attendance in advance.
The locations I provide therapy are local within Mansfield and easily accessible from Mansfield town centre, Nottingham, Rainworth, Blidworth, Newark. All have free on-site parking available. The consultation rooms are welcoming, pleasant, private and comfortable.
Please see my website at www.tailoredcounselling.co.uk to view consultation rooms available.
We have medium to larger rooms available for Training, Continued Professional Development, Events, Therapy and Supervision Groups. -please see attached photos. Training/Conference rooms available for hire from £15.00 per hour, £100 per day. Kitchen facilities included.