Gemma Minshall BSc (Hons), MBACP
Are you experiencing anxiety, depression, problems with relationships, or just feelings that you can’t understand?
Many people come into counselling not knowing where to begin, and that's OK, because that’s where I come in. I am here to offer support, and help you find the answer to, or acceptance of, your individual experience.
From our first contact, I always strive to help you feel at ease, as I realise that starting counselling can often be quite daunting, and taking that first step to make contact can feel nerve wracking.
I use a particular type of counselling called ‘person-centred’ this means that my style is non-directive, and I value your worth as an individual. I am receptive of the way you are as a person and respectful of your beliefs, behaviours, personal choices and past experiences. I do not believe in seeking to change the person you are as this would imply there is something wrong with you.
My commitment to you is to offer a warm, safe, and confidential environment, where working at your own pace, I will challenge you appropriately, and considerately. Creating a space in which you can express, explore, and reflect on the difficulties you are experiencing, with the sole aim to facilitate your self-awareness and personal development, helping you, become the person you want to be.
Person-centred therapy is widely used in the UK and is known to be very effective: with clients continuing to experience positive change and growth after therapy has finished. However, if following your free introductory session you decide that person-centred therapy is not for you, I am happy to discuss your needs and refer you to an appropriate colleague.
Whatever your needs, I will be happy to hear from you. For a no-obligation chat about how therapy can help you, please ring 07809618434.
Training, qualifications & experience
I currently work in both private practice and the voluntary sector where I have supported clients with a range of issues such as relationship difficulties, depression, anxiety or stress but have particular experience in working with people who are going through bereavement and loss, anticipatory grief, life changing diagnosis and life limiting illness.
I am a person-centred counsellor with a First Class Honours Degree in Counselling & Psychotherapy, and a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.
- First Class BSc (Hons) in Counselling and Psychotherapy
- Introduction to Transactional Analysis 101 Certificate
- Working with Difference and Diversity Certificate
- Introduction to Neuropsychology for Psychotherapists and Related Professions Certificate
- Working with Metaphor Certificate
- Children’s Emotional Wellbeing Certificate
- Helping Children tell their Stories Certificate
- Making Endings with Children Certificate
- Safe Guarding Children Certificate
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
Location and Cost
Counselling sessions take place in a quiet, relaxed room, only a few minutes, walk from Cheadle Hulme train station.
Free 1 hour onsite parking available.
Initial introductory sessions take 30 minutes and are Free.
Subsequent sessions are 60 minutes at a cost of £40.
I am happy to provide a reduced rate to students of £30.
My Practice is flexible and I am able to offer a limited number of Saturday and evening appointments.