My name is Georgina. I have a background in psychology and was employed as lead counsellor/team leader for a charitable organisation for 10 years or so as well as having run a successful private counselling practice for the last 8 years. 4 years ago I formed a Community Interest Company Traumaform CIC with the aim of offering long-term affordable therapy to anyone suffering the effects of trauma. I work with a variety of problems and issues, including anxiety, depression, emotional difficulties, relationship issues, low self-esteem, addictions and trauma and PTSD. If I am fully booked I can help find you a suitable alternative therapist if this would be helpful.
The reasons that people may seek counselling or therapy are often very individual and personal - it may be due to emotional problems including anxiety and depression, or that early life experiences have been having adverse effects in adult life, or traumatic events, or because of a feeling that life has somehow lost its balance...I believe that in many cases counselling can help to gain control of life through exploring issues, identifying the problem, and if appropriate, take action. What I guarantee is the freedom to talk about any issues in a safe non-judgemental environment. I work in an integrative way, and may use techniques from TA (Transactional Analysis), CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapies), REBT (Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy) or Solution Focused Therapies and Trauma Work (see below).
During the last 8 years I have been developing a speciality in working with trauma, having gained the ESTSS Certificate in Psychotraumatology and completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Traumatology and PTSD - a comprehensive and systematic approach for treating complex PTSD in adults. This includes comprehensive assessment, psycho-education, safety and stabilisation, emotion regulation and trauma processes themselves such as IRRT (Image Rescripting and Reprocesing Therapy), PET (Prolonged Exposure Therapy) and NET (Narrative Exposure Therapy) as well as ERRT (Exposure, Relaxation & Rescripting Therapy for Post-Trauma Nightmares.
I completed Level 1- 4 in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) at Worcester Uni, and am a member of EMDR Association Europe now working towards accreditation. EMDR is an evidenced based integrative psychotherapy validated by bodies such as WHO (World Health Organisation) and NICE guidelines. I have so far found it to be safe, effective and efficient.
Many people will experience trauma at some time in their life, research estimates that up to 20 % of those may go on to develop PTSD symptoms (Briere & Scott, 2015). Regardless of whether a person meets the criteria for a PTSD diagnosis or not, dealing with these traumatic experiences can help individuals file away traumatic memories in the correct place and go on to experience post-traumatic growth.
Trauma Therapy can help with both Simple as well as Complex Trauma.
I receive referrals from Health Insurance Companies, EAP's, Occupational Therapists, and self-referrals.
Therapy Rooms: - currently on line via Zoom
The Cambria, Aberystwyth
I offer a discrete and confidential service. This includes one to one counselling, relationship and couple counselling, family counselling, group work, short term and long term.
The initial session is free of charge for self-funding individuals. The first session can help determine whether we both feel we can work together to explore any issues meaningfully. Research shows that the quality of therapeutic relationship between client and counsellor is more important than the approach or therapy offered. The initial meeting is also a place where we can discuss a counselling contract and any concessions that may be available.
Partaking in counselling or treatment for trauma and PTSD, is a very individual, personal and private journey which can at times be painful. It requires hard-work and commitment from both counsellor and client and is a two-way process. The expectation of the client is to fully engage with the process and to attend the scheduled appointments.
But remember, counselling isn't just hard work or always serious, laughter and a sense of humour are encouraged!
Arranging an appointment
Either by phone or email.
I look forward to meeting with you.
Training, qualifications & experience
BSc (Hons) Psychology (1999)
MSc Psychological Research Methods (2004)
Diploma Addiction Counselling (2007)
Diploma Addiction Studies (2007)
Cert Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Substance Misuse (2008)
Reality Therapy/Choice Theory Cert. (2010)
Brief Solution Focused Therapy (2012)
ESTSS Certificate in Psychotraumatology (2014)
Postgraduate Diploma in Traumatology and PTSD (2016)
EMDR Levels 1-4 (2018-19)
Treatment for Complex Trauma and PTSD:
IRRT (Image Rescripting and Reprocessing Therapy)
PET (Prolonged Exposure Therapy)
NET (Narrative Exposure Therapy)
ERRT (Exposure, Relaxation & Rescripting Therapy) for Post-trauma Nightmares
STAIR (Skills Training in Affective & Interpersonal Regulation) for Emotion Regulation
MBACP Member of British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy
MBPsS Member of the British Psychological Society
FDAP Member of the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals (Accredited)
UKPTS Member of UK Psychological Trauma Society
ESTSS Member of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
NCP Member of National Council of Psychotherapist
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
Assertiveness, Communication, Emotional Problems
Initial Session Free for self-funding Individuals
£ 45.00 an hour there after
(Concessions available - can be discussed at free Initial Session)
Full Initial Assessment
£ 60.00 per hour
When I work
Evening and Weekend appointments and some afternoons available
Counselling rooms in Aberystwyth, Cardigan, Carmarthen and close to Lampeter
Telephone counselling available
Home visits possible