All sorts of things may bring a person to counselling, from acute or chronic distress to a niggling feeling that all is not well. Making the decision to see a counsellor and then finding the right person can be daunting. Therefore I set out to make this first step as easy as possible. I am happy to answer questions by e-mail, phone or text and this initial contact will be a therapeutic experience and an opportunity to consider how we may work together.
I am a Person-Centred counsellor, with a Post Graduate Diploma from Brighton University. This and my other qualifications and experience are listed below.
I understand from personal experience that there are times in life when it can be helpful to talk to someone other than family and friends. Someone who will give you their full attention and will truly accept and understand you. This is what I aim to do in my work as a counsellor.
I believe that it is essential for a strong, safe relationship to exist between counsellor and client for therapy to take place. Therefore in our counselling sessions I will create a warm, supportive and confidential space where you may explore any difficulties you are experiencing or issues you wish to work through.
I am a registered and accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy www.bacp.co.uk and abide by their code of ethics.
I have insurance, regular supervision and actively pursue further training.
Where I work
I work predominantly online having undertaken specialist training in this way of working. Online I offer:
Video counselling - face to face sessions using video conferencing technology. I offer short and long term work.
Asynchronous text based counselling - weekly email communication using therapeutic and expressive writing techniques.
I also offer some 'in-person' sessions at Intrinsic Health, a pleasant location in the heart of Lewes (near Brighton), close to train station, bus stops and car parks. More information about the venue and can be seen on their website at www.intrinsichealthlewes.com
For further information you can also visit my website at www.gemmaewinscounselling.com
Training, qualifications & experience
Postgraduate Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling, Brighton University 2009
Counselling Online Certificate 2020/21
Diploma in Supervision, The Link Centre 2018
Certificate in Therapeutic Writing Practice (including Online work) 2016
Drug and Alcohol Counselling, CRI Brighton 2010
Honours Degree in Education and Mathematics, Warwick University 1995
Qualified Teacher Status, Warwick University 1994
I have also undertaken additional training in many areas including time limited counselling and creative counselling techniques.
In addition to my private practice, I teach on a Foundation Degree in Person-Centred Counselling. Children's bereavement charity.
Previously I worked as a counsellor in colleges in Lewes and Eastbourne, and for a bereavement charity. I have worked with a broad range of issues including: anxiety, depression, anger management, low self-esteem, lack of confidence, bereavement and loss, bullying, loneliness, stress, abuse, eating-disorders, sexuality, gender identity and relationships.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Personal development
- Life changes
- Highly Sensitive People
- Existential angst
- Pet bereavement
From £50.00 to £90.00
Counselling fees: £50 online, £60 in-person for 50 minutes.
Please check my website at www.gemmaewinscounselling.com for Supervision fees.
I online sessions available on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
I have 'in-person' sessions available on Friday mornings.