Gill Brennan, MBACP (Accred.), BA (Hons), FDA (Hons)
Video or telephone counselling available
I have been privileged to provide counselling to adults and young people for almost a decade now. As I work from home in Busbridge, Godalming, I can offer clients access to more flexibility in scheduling appointments and free parking just outside. I am BACP accredited and offer a caring, professional relationship with a commitment to support you with your personal problems, so that you can
- find ways to understand, manage and relieve difficult feelings
- achieve increased self-awareness and self-acceptance and the peace of mind that goes with that;
- gain new insights into your life and relationships which help you to feel positive and in control;
- increase your self-esteem, motivation, confidence and resilience to face the future with renewed optimism and energy.
Life can be difficult, and it makes sense to seek out support in a counsellor and invest in your wellbeing. You may feel immediate relief from being able to 'offload' and reflect on some of your personal concerns. Over time, counselling can help you more significantly with your personal problems by facilitating positive change and personal growth. By exploring thoughts and feelings from your past and present - and experiencing a non-judgemental relationship and a dedicated space for reflection - you can gain a deeper self-awareness and a way to move forward. I am often moved by my clients’ relief and restored strength of spirit after our time together.
Although I understand it can be hard to make contact with a counsellor for the first time, please be reassured that you will receive a respectful response from me. I want you to feel safe and accepted, and for our work to be effective.
I offer counselling to adults and young people in Godalming. More information can be found on my website - www.godalmingcounsellor.com.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am BACP accredited, with a BACP-accredited Foundation Degree (Integrative Counselling), a BA (Hons) degree and full and accredited membership of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy including its accredited voluntary register.
I use an integration of models which I adapt to the unique situation and wishes of each client. These encompass a humanistic, person-centred approach (respecting your unique experiences and ability to find your way to your own solutions) alongside psychodynamic and attachment theories of development (which explore how your past relationships influence your present ways of relating).
I am also qualified to work with CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) and find it can be useful to use CBT tools within my integrative practice.
I have TA 101 (Transactional Analysis).
I have a special interest in neuroscience and its application to therapy.
I am committed to ongoing professional development and attend regular training in a number of areas, keeping up-to-date with current research and findings. I abide by the ethical requirements for BACP membership including confidentiality.
In addition to my private practice, I counselled for several years at Guildford Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre (RASASC). I have been a counsellor at Christs College School in Guildford, King's College School in Guildford, for Guildford YMCA’s Open House youth counselling and Woking Hospice, and have worked for the National Autistic Society and Samaritans.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
Counselling sessions are usually 50 minutes.
I charge £50 for all appointments for individuals. For couples, I charge £70 for each session. I ask for cash payment at each session.
Your contact with me will be treated confidentially.