Geraldine Chate-Mckeever BA Hons, Dip Couns
I am a qualified Therapeutic Counsellor providing one to one counselling for anyone who feels that they could benefit from this type of support. I believe that counselling can help in so many ways. It can give you the opportunity to talk and feel heard without the inhibitions we can feel when worry of judgement gets in the way. Counselling can allow you to really look at the aspects of your life that you may struggle with. It provides the opportunity to explore thoughts, feelings and ways of behaving that can at times feel confusing and difficult. In doing so, things can become clearer, less troubling, and often a way forward begins to feel possible.
I work in a client led way, which simply means I believe you are able to find resolutions to problems in your life, it is just that events, complicated emotions, and a loss of belief in yourself are getting in the way. I see my role in this as a supportive rather than advisory one, and although I will always be working in a way that is grounded in well established and researched counselling theory, our work together will never involve me telling you what to do. Instead, I will work with you, supporting you in such a way that you can discover your own ways to make changes for the future, create alternative coping strategies for the present, and feel more resolved about lingering difficulties from your past.
I offer both long and short term counselling, as we all have such different needs. This is something I will explore with you in the initial session, and review along the way. I will always endeavour to work as flexibly as possible in terms of when the sessions take place and their regularity, so that your individual needs are met. I can offer some concessions to my fees for those who are on a low income or have a student status. Again this is something we can discuss and agree upon in the initial session.
At present, along side my work as a self-employed Counsellor, I work at a service that provides specialist support for individuals aged between 11-19, who are struggling with issues such as anxiety, panic, depression, self harm, body image issues and low self-esteem. I have extensive experience working with children and young people in various educational settings and this is now an area I specialise in. As well as one to one counselling, I also offer sessions with both the child/young person and their parent/care giver, providing all parties are in agreement with this.
I welcome enquiries from all ages. After an initial phone consultation if you feel happy to proceed I will book in an initial assessment session to give you the opportunity to meet me and decide if you would like to work together. This is entirely your decision and there is never any obligation to continue. If I feel I do not have the appropriate skills and experience to offer you the support you need I will do my best to signpost you to a more suitable service or individual counsellor.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
- Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
- BACP Course in 'Working with Children and Young People'
Training Workshops in: Abuse and Trauma Counselling Skills, C.B.T basic concepts, ACT and Mindfulness, Childhood Bereavement, Holistic Healing through Body, Mind and Breath, creative play and use of metaphor.
Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Secondary ages 11-18).
BA Hons Degree.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Initial phone consultation: Free of charge
Initial assessment session: £20 for 50 minutes
Following sessions: £40 for 50 minutes
Concessions may be available for those on a low income or with a student status.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I work Monday-Saturday, flexible hours.
Types of client