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Counsellor/Psychotherapist, EMDR practitioner. MBACP (Accred)

About me

Hello, I’m Gill. I offer counselling and EMDR therapy to adults and teenagers facing a wide range of issues.

I am passionate about supporting individuals and couples to live life to the full and believe counselling can help to reach that goal. My approach is integrated, which means I use a combination of humanistic, psychodynamic and CBT techniques. This enables me to tailor my approach to suit your individual needs.

I am committed to working within the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) code of ethics.

What to expect

It is wise to find a counsellor that you feel comfortable with and so your initial phone consultation with me is free of charge. This will give you an opportunity to see if you feel comfortable working with me.

If you do decide to work with me, then we will work together to explore what you hope to gain from your sessions and a way of working that suits you. Counselling is often described as going on a journey to explore and understand yourself at a deeper level. In the sessions I aim to give you the time and space you need to ensure you feel safe enough to explore what is on your mind, to recognise issues that are troubling you and equip you with the tools and resources you need to resolve them and lead a more fulfilling life.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have many years experience working in mental health units with individuals who have enduring mental health issues. As a counsellor I have worked with staff in an NHS hospital, for a charity providing counselling to clients in inner London, and with children and teenagers in various settings. As well as my private practice, I currently work for a charity offering counselling to children, teenagers and adults who have been sexually abused.


  • 2007-2009. Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling L4
  • 2016. Diploma in Working with Children & Adolescents.
  • 2017 Understanding Autism Level 2
  • 2018-2019. EMDR (Eye Movement desensitisation & Reprocessing) levels 1,2 ,3 & 4.

Additional courses:

  • Dealing with distress
  • Managing stress
  • Couples solution focused counselling
  • Working with OCD using EMDR 
  • Anger issues
  • Difference and prejudice
  • Loss & Bereavement
  • Toxic relationships
  • Domestic violence
  • Pre-trial counselling
  • Mental health and spirituality
  • Working with dissociation & dissociative Identity disorder
  • Overview of Neuroscience
  • Psychosexual therapy
  • Trauma stabilisation
  • Reclaiming sexuality
  • Attachment theory
  • Working with eating disorders.
  • Working with Self-harm
  • Suicide
  • Genograms
  • Developing personal resilience

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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Additional information

Individuals £50 for a 50 minute session

Couples £60 for a 50 minute session

EMDR £60 for a 60 minute session

Concessions available.

When I work

Weekdays and evenings.

Further information

Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR has been proven to be highly effective for processing traumas in life. Our mind can often heal itself naturally, particularly when we are asleep during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. EMDR uses this natural process to heal a wide range of issues. If you have had a disturbing experience which continues to cause you distress and affects your quality of life, EMDR can help you to process and overcome those traumatic experiences.

South Croydon, CR2

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults