About me

Sometimes life gets complicated and it can all feel a bit too much. At times, we may face a crisis in our lives which we are unable to overcome on our own. Maybe you just feel a bit stuck at the moment and do not have anyone you can talk to about how you feel. If so, it can really help to have someone to talk to. Counselling offers a confidential space where you can be open about the issues you are experiencing and the impact they are having on your life.

If you are not sure how you feel, that is fine too. It can take time to explore and understand what is going on and why it is affecting you so much.

Embarking on counselling may feel daunting but, once you take the first step, it can set you on the road to making positive changes in your life. Sharing your thoughts and feelings in a safe space can be empowering and enlightening.

I am trained to use a person-centred approach which means I will work with you at your own pace, getting to the issues that are troubling you in a non-intrusive way. I also hold in mind other theoretical approaches to help you explore and understand your problems. Our work will focus on developing the therapeutic relationship so that you feel emotionally supported throughout your counselling. I will encourage you to feel free to be honest with me and your honesty will not be met with any judgment.

If you are a couple in crisis and your relationship has broken down as a result of an affair, a lack of intimacy, emotional conflict or if you have just drifted apart, I will provide a safe and quiet space to explore what has gone wrong. I will help you to find a way forward by trying to improve communication and emotional re-connection.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a BA(hons) Degree in Counselling (First Class) and a BACP Accredited Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling.

I have an Advanced Certificate in working with couples.

I am also trained to use the Rewind Technique for PTSD/Phobias. See International Association for Rewind Trauma Therapy.

I am a Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP registration no: 379611) www.bacp.co.uk

I work with clients with a variety of issues. My work is helping people to make sense of their issues, grow more confident in their ability to face life’s challenges, trust their own judgments and take control of their lives.

I have also worked in an Emotional Wellbeing Centre working one to one with clients in addiction and survivors of domestic abuse.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Maternal Mental Health - I have extensive experience in maternal mental health issues and feel this is an area where there is not enough help offered to new parents.  If you are struggling during pregnancy or after a birth which did not go the way you expected it to, I can offer support in coming to terms with how this has affected you.  It may be that being a parent has placed more pressure on you than you imagined, or it seems that others are finding it a more enjoyable experience.  It is natural to feel overwhelmed and I can help you to understand your feelings around this.  I have also undertaken training in the area of baby loss.

Fees

£50.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

My fees are:

Individuals - £50 for a 50 minute session.  

Couples - £65 for a 60 minute session.

Availability

I have various availability from Monday to Friday, including evenings.  I am offering online, telephone and face to face sessions.

Further information

I have Public Liability insurance and an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Check (DBS) formerly known as a Criminal Bureau Check (CRB).

I am a registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy BACP and work according to their Ethical Framework, including having regular supervision.

GDPR reference number: ZA559248.

Bridge Street Therapy
5 Bridge Street
Bishops Stortford
Hertfordshire
CM23 2JU

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families

Key details

DBS check

In England and Wales, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly known as CRB) carry out criminal records checks for individuals working with vulnerable groups, such as children. To find out more, visit gov.uk , or contact this professional directly

Online platforms

Skype
Zoom
Gemma Luther

Gemma Luther