Asking for help can feel difficult and there will inevitably be times when we feel unfulfilled or unhappy with our life. Engaging in the counselling process can help people feel heard, understood, and as if a huge weight has been lifted from their shoulders.
How counselling can help?
People seek counselling for a broad range of issues. Here are some of the main reasons people feel they need some help:
You may find yourself repeating the same patterns of being locked in a cycle of behaviour, thinking, or feeling in a way which is no longer helpful to your life. This could include compulsive thoughts or finding yourself in unhealthy relationships.
Some people seek counselling because they are feeling depressed or anxious. Others may want to explore a general feeling that something is not right.
You may have experienced a trauma or a distressing event which you would like to talk about in a safe setting. This could include bereavement, separation, a major life transition, abuse, or experiences from the past such as in childhood.
Training, qualifications & experience
Following a obtaining a degree in Psychology I qualified in 2012 with an Advanced Diploma in Integrative Therapy and Practice.
I have been practising for 8 years. In this time I have supported adults experiencing a wide range of mental health issues including depression and anxiety, addiction problems, childhood issues, abuse issues, relationship problems, and issues with confidence and self esteem.
I offer integrative counselling. This means I personalise my approach to each client, drawing upon different theories and principles to help them make sense of their situation and empower them to make positive changes. Establishing a good relationship where someone feels safe, understood, valued, and free from judgement is crucial to my practice. My approach is collaborative where I invite my clients to play an active role in making positive changes to their lives.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and work in accordance with their professional and ethical framework.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
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
I have experience of working with the military community.
£40.00 per session
Free initial telephone session
I offer a free initial 15 minute telephone appointment. Following that each session costs £40.
When I work
I work on Wednesday and Thursday.
I work at a welcoming home based practice in Ripon. It is a warm, cosy and comfortable environment. There is free parking available outside my house.
For more information, please visit my website www.gemmaantcliffe-counselling.co.uk