Gemma Slobom. Bsc (Psych), DPS (Counselling), MBACP.
Taking the first steps towards counselling can often feel like a daunting prospect. At this stage you may be asking yourself; What is therapy? Can it help me? Do I really need it - I should be able to manage this on my own, shouldn't I?
Therapy, in simple terms, provides someone with a space to talk about their thoughts and feelings with someone who is truly prepared to step in to their world and to listen, free of judgement. When in the environment created by therapy, people often find themselves more able to talk freely and to voice things that they are perhaps, unable to with their family and friends, maybe even to say the things that they have never had the opportunity to before.
People enter therapy for a number of different reasons. Some may be experiencing a bereavement or a relationship breakdown. Some may be dissatisfied with their lives or be dealing with a loss of direction. Some may be reliving a traumatic event from the past and some may just have an overriding sense that all is not OK. All of these are valid reasons to consider entering into therapy, there is no eligibility threshold.
What sort of therapy do you offer?
As an Intergrative therapist I have studied a number of approaches to counselling, and I use a blend of these which varies depending on who you are, and what you need. How this looks in real terms varies from client to client, no two relationships will be the same, given that we are all individuals. I also tend to be quite relational in the way that I work, which means that I pay close attention to the relationship that develops between us, as therapist and client.
The theoretical approaches from which I work are as follows;
- Person Centred Approach - A non directive form of therapy, which assumes that the client is the expert on their own process. Working from the core conditions of Congruence, Empathy and Unconditional Positive Regard.
- Psychodynamic Theory - Hailing from Psychoanalytic Theory, the process of bringing the unconscious process in to the conscious mind and awareness.
- Gestalt Therapy - Working in the here and now of the present moment to assist clients in developing a non- judgemental self awareness.
- Transactional Analysis - A therapy underpinned by the assumption that we exist in and act from one of three ego states (Parent, Adult or Child) and interact from these positions.
What happens next?
I welcome you to contact via email or phone/ text. Following a discussion around your needs we may then look at booking an assessment session. This allows us to meet and to discuss in a little more detail what you hope to gain from counselling. It also helps to clarify whether you feel like I'm the right therapist for you - as this is intrinsic in building a trusting relationship.
In the event that you are not sure what you're looking for, you are welcome to contact via the telephone for an informal chat.
Whether you call, or we meet in person there is no obligation to enter into therapy, and your contact will be treated with confidence.
You are welcome to call between the hours of 9 am - 8 pm on weekdays. I may not always be able to answer as I may be with other clients, but do leave an answerphone message and I will return your call as soon as I'm able.
Emails are welcome at any time and I look forward to hearing from you
Training, qualifications & experience
- Psychology Bsc – The University of the West of England
- Certificate in Counselling Skills - Gloucestershire Counselling Service
- Diploma in Professional Studies, Counselling – The University of the West of England
- Transactional Analysis 101
Prior to, and throughout my therapeutic training I have worked in the charity sector, supporting people with dementia and carers of people with a wide range of disabilities or health issues. My working history and understanding of these fields has left me with a passion to support people who may be affected by these issues in particular. However, I welcome anyone who may find themselves experiencing emotional distress.
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
£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session
Assessment session - £50.00
Ongoing sessions - £50.00 per 50 minute session.
Phone call consultation - Free of charge.
My usual working hours are as follows;
Monday -Thursday 12pm-8pm