Geraldine Thomson BA, Dip Counselling, Dip Counselling Supervision
What I Offer
I have over 25 yrs experience of offering therapeutic support. I am committed to providing a safe, caring, ethical and professional relationship that keeps the needs of my clients central. Coming to counselling can feel daunting, and I have a deep respect for anyone who makes that step. Yet counselling can really make a difference when things get tough. Feeling heard, understood, and genuinely accepted, helps.
I am willing to walk alongside you, helping you identify, understand and address your difficulties. You may already know 'what's the matter', or you may just sense something's not right in your life. You may feel desperate, or you may simply want to explore who you are and who you aspire to be.
Whatever it is, we can find ways to actively work together, easing your distress and healing what hurts. We can figure out what suits you best in terms of time and commitment.
My approach is humanistic and, more specifically. 'person centred' which basically means that the way I practice as a counsellor will be tailored specifically to you as the unique individual you are.
You can decide how long you want to attend, how deep you want to dig, and with regular reviews we can make sure you are getting what you need from our work together.
I will do my best to be honest and genuine, and to empathise with you.
Availability and length of sessions
After an initial session, during which we can discuss your individual needs and goals, I can offer short term work of 6-8 weeks together, and longer 'open ended' counselling (with a commitment to regular reviews).
I offer face to face and phone sessions, and I work with both individuals and couples.
Sessions last for 50 mins (one to one) and for 1 hr - 1.5 hrs (couples).
I work Monday to Friday from 9am till 7pm.
Location and Transport
I am based at Southwell, a small town between Nottingham and Newark. There is free on-street parking. Regular buses from Nottingham and Newark stop close to my practice.
Most of my counselling work has been in bereavement and loss, couples work, personal relationships in families and professional relationships at work, poor self-esteem and lack of confidence, stress, anxiety and depression.
Training, qualifications & experience
BA (Hons) Sociology, University of Liverpool
Diploma Person Centred Counselling, The Metanoia Institute, London
Diploma Person Centred Supervision, The Metanoia Institute, London
Along with my counselling practice, I also have 25yrs ongoing experience of teaching and assessing counsellors at degree and diploma level, and of supervising fellow practitioners.
I have developed and delivered trainings for the NHS, and for UK national and local charities (eg. Child Bereavement UK).
All of this work helped deepen my understanding of my own counselling practice.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Cross Cultural Relationships