Gerry Hall

Gerry Hall

Plymouth
Devon
PL3

07779652398

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Plymouth
Devon
PL3

07779652398

About me

What is Counselling?

Counselling is an opportunity to talk through issues which may be troubling you. Being able to share what you are going through can be of great benefit and gives you the chance to look at the way forward and see perhaps what changes may need to be made. There are times when life can feel overwhelming and it helps to work things through with a counsellor. Counselling is not about giving advice- it is to help empower you to see what could be needed in your life. Confidentiality is vital and the counselling space enables you to speak freely regarding what is on your mind. Confidentality would be discussed in more detail when we speak together.

What can you expect from a counselling session

Firstly before we start counselling, I will speak with you on the telephone to complete an assessment. This is free of charge and I will ask you about the issues which has led you to contact me. I will then explain the counselling process and talk to you about how we can work together. I work as a person centred counsellor and this means that us looking together to see what is going to work for you, helping you to look at what is going on for you.

Sessions are normally 50 minutes to an hour.

What is Eye movement desensitisation and Re-processing- EMDR

EMDR is very effective in treating trauma. When a person experiences a traumatic event, the brain normally deals with it by naturally processing it and the event is naturally stored in the memory. There are times when the traumatic event becomes too overwhelming and the brain is unable to process it which means the experience becomes frozen and this means the person experiences flashbacks- i.e. the experience feels like it is very much in the here and now rather than being a past event. Flashbacks feel very real and can be traumatic.

EMDR helps with frozen events/flashbacks by using the brains natural healing ability to help move the memories on and process them. The client is fully aware of what is going on and remains in control. If you would like more information regarding this way of working, please let me know and I can provide a more comprehensive guide.

What is mediation?

Sometimes conflicts and misunderstandings can lead to a relationship break down. Mediation can help for the parties involved to get together with a neutral party (the mediator) and work through any differences. It is a space for both parties to talk about what has happened from their perspectives and perception and to work towards a mutual agreement for the way forward.

About me

I have over 10 years experience of counselling and 9 years experience of working using EMDR (eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing). EMDR is very effective when working with trauma.

I have worked with individuals over 18 in the voluntary sector, charities, NHS settings and also as part of a Employee Assisted programme via the NHS.

My training has been in the person centred counselling approach however I have also completed a diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, have training in Transactional Analysis and Counselling for Depression.

I have training in Hypnosis which can help with relaxations, relieve anxiety and help with self esteem.

I am also a trained mediator so can help couples who may need a helping hand in their relationships.

Training, qualifications & experience

BACP accredited since 2009

Foundation course in Counselling 2001

Diploma in Psychotherapy and Hypnosis 2004

Advanced diploma in Counselling 2006

Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy 2009

Counselling for Depression course 2011

EMDR parts 1,2 and 3 completed in 2012

Mediation training undertaken in 2012.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

BACP

Accredited register membership

Fees

My fees are £40 a session. Assessments are free and will be done over the telephone where I will go through the counselling process, confidentiality and answer any questions you may have.

Sessions are approximately an hour.

Further information

I work from a clinic in Peverell. There is free parking available on the roads around the clinic.

Maps & Directions

Plymouth, PL3

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None

Accessibility

Wheelchair access: Yes

Availability

At the moment I can offer appointments on Tues and Fridays. From 10th December 2018, appointments will be available Mondays to Thursdays.

Types of client

Adults
Couples
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme