Counsellor and Psychotherapist PG,Bsc (Hons) Dip, Supervisior, MBACP
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7+ Years Post-Registration Experience
Hello. I am Gifty. I'm a registered counsellor and psychotherapist - I support individuals and couples with their emotional wellbeing. I have private sector experience as a counsellor and psychotherapist. My interest includes relationship problems, as well as the particular issues encountered by women.
What to Expect
An initial assessment appointment helps you to see if you are comfortable with me, discuss what concerns you, ask questions, understand confidentiality, and determine if therapy could help you. Please use a contact option on the right to book a preliminary assessment session in South Woodford, London or Romford.
Counselling centres on listening to you, and assisting you. You decide which matter regarding your early years and/or adulthood you explore. The objective of counselling is to help you to speak about a difficulty and discover a solution which is appropriate for you.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) (England and Wales) recommends counselling for depression.
Psychotherapy focuses on you, and you gaining insight into the problems you face. It explores your ideas, emotions and relevant moments in your life. Psychotherapy aims to help you develop or discover suitable ways of coping.
Coming to counselling can often feel a bit daunting and it may be difficult to know what to expect. In individual counselling clients see their therapist one-on-one for confidential sessions. It is a place where you can safely explore yourself, anxieties, relationships, hopes and dreams.
Relationships & Couple Counselling
Relationship plays an important in part in everyone’s individual life. Health relationships brings a great deal of joy and fulfilment. However maintaining such in a long run will takes a willingness of both parties work on issues as expectations changes and external forces encroaches on your relationships.
- What is couple counselling?
Couple counselling is an opportunity for couples to focus together on issues in their relationship.
Who can benefit?
Couple counselling is for any couple in a committed relationship. Sometimes one partner attends alone to begin with and later the other one may join in.
Why couple come?
To try to resolve issues of:
Roles and responsibilities.
Closeness and distances
Different personality / background
Dealing with past hurts
Attraction and affairs
Apologies and Forgiveness
Who can benefit?
The benefit is anyone who has suffered a loss or bereavement.
Why people seek bereavement counselling.
Coping with day to day life may be difficult.
It may be hard to concentrate at work.
Forgetfulness may be a problem.
Some feelings may seem overwhelming or irrational.
It may feel impossible to pick up the threads of life again.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Post graduate in counselling and psychotherapy. Integrative training
- BA (Hons) business studies degree
- Level three certificate counselling studies
- Level two certificate counselling skills
- Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults
- Certificate in Equality and Diversity
- Certificate in data protection
- Certificate in anger management
- Mediation Skill training
- De Stress, Relaxation, Anger & Change Management
- First aider
- Bereavement Training
- Diploma in Supervision working with Individual or Groups
- Saint Francis Hospice (Bereavement Counselling)
- KCA (Drugs and Alcohol)
- Amail Project ( Domestic Violence)
- Opportunity pregnancy Crisis Centre ( Abortion Counselling, miscarriages and Post abortion Counselling)
- Engage (Relationships and Couple Counselling
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
Bereavement and loss
I am currently working as a Bereavement Support Volunteer Counsellor at St Francis hospice; I have been with them since November 2010. I offer support to bereaved relatives, carers or friends of those who have died in the care of the hospice who are finding it difficult to cope with their grief.My role in the Service is to guide and support distressed people through their grief which is in line with the National Institute for Clinical Excellence guidance on cancer services.
I work with clients addressing issues relating to loss, shock, disorganisation, reorganisation and recovery. I work with clients to achieve their personal goals and have provided support based on clients needs. I am working up to level three and have personal experience in working with family members who have experienced serious emotional and relational complexity and pain associated with palliative care.
I have a personal experience in working with family a member who experienced serious emotional and relational complexities and pain associated with palliative care. I gained a personal experience of understanding the impact of dealing with a life threatening illness, the treatments that is given, and the anxieties that comes with the treatments. Also working with clients that have lost love ones, I have gain more knowledge of the treatment their loved ones went through, through them caring for them.
I am able to treat clients with respect and dignity at all times, adopting a culturally sensitive approach. In regards to the legal and procedural frameworks related to working with individuals and families in a specialist palliative care setting I have always taken the person centred approach when working with clients. I focus on respecting and valuing each client as a unique person with rights. I engage with them to uphold their dignity, sense of worth and independence
I have also worked with women who were dealing with the effect of domestic violence, working with each client uniquely, appreciating their cultures and beliefs and remaining non-judgemental. I have worked as a counsellor at Childline, offering telephone and online counselling, addressing different situations in a young person’s life.
Relationship and Couple Counselling
I offer couple counselling and I have address the following issues:
- Expression of love
- In-law issues
- Resolving Conflicts
I have had the opportunity to work with people from different ethnic backgrounds both in the counselling role and working within the community. As a counsellor I am very flexible in adapting my practice to fit into my client needs. I think one of the benefits of undergoing an integrative training is that the course offers a wide range of theories and practices that has been beneficial in my work as a counsellor. I have three approaches I use in working with clients, my practical approach is centred in psychodynamic, cognitive behaviour theory and person-centred whilst emphasising unconditional positive regard.
Concessions offered for
Counselling Sessions fees are charged as follows:
Individual face to face Counselling : From £65 per 50 mins. per session
Couple face to face Counselling : From £80 per 60 mins.per session
Couple via Zoom Counselling from £65 for 60 mins per session
Counselling Student via Zoom : £50 per 50mins. session
Zoom (Online ) Counselling: from £55 per 50 mins. session
Telephone Counselling: From £45 per 50 mins. session
Supervision: From £50 per hour
Fees are paid on or before the counselling session.
**Block booking of sessions is also available and discounts are offered when you pay for twelve sessions at once (Block booking).
I offer discretionary concessionary rates based on individual circumstances. Please feel free to speak to me about this.
I would require please, 24 hours notice when cancellation is necessary, if 24 hours notice has not been given 100% of your fee will be charged.
When I work
Weekly Session: 10am - 9pm Saturdays: 11am -5pm
Before appointments are booked, an initial assessment will be carried out by telephone at a time that is best for both of us.
Professional Body & Code of Ethics
I am a member of BACP (British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy) and abide by their code of conduct and ethics.
I am based at South Woodford, 109 George Lane. Free parking spaces are available at Sainsbury (Top of George Lane. Max 2 hours. If you are travelling on public transport get on the Central Line and it is about a minute walk from South Woodford station. I also have rooms in Harold Hill and Grays (RM17 5YF) Free Parking.