Gill Dakin BA Hons Humanistic Counselling. MBACP
As an Integrative Humanistic therapist, I offer a confidential, non-judgemental, accepting space for you to explore difficult, conflicting, overwhelming feelings, sensations, or thoughts. I work holistically and creatively with a collaborative, relational approach to walk alongside you, at your own pace.
I believe each of us to be unique individuals with the potential and ability to heal from the inside and I will support you in seeking those inner strengths that lead to self-empowerment in making choices and possible changes in your life.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a BA Hons Humanistic Counselling First Class from the University of Chichester.
I have a background in nursing, pastoral care, hospice work, and spiritual support which informs my way of being. I have worked as a counsellor at Age UK Brighton & Hove, Sussex Community Counselling (low-cost counselling) in Lewes, with clients experiencing domestic abuse at RISE and sexual abuse at Survivors’ Network.
Life events and life stages such as accidents, loss and bereavement, time limiting illness, childbearing and ageing, chronic ill health and issues around disability and relational difficulties can bring pain, confusion and disruption; here we can build an environment in which to untangle and be curious about how your emotions and moods are impacting your life.
My counselling experience, training and practice with adolescents, women and men, include; life-limiting illness, bereavement, loss, anxiety and depression, chronic ill-health, disability, pregnancy loss, menopause and trauma-informed counselling. I have worked with survivors of child and adult sexual violence, as well as domestic and institutional abuse. Abuse may be experienced as psychological, emotional, physical, sexual or financial inequality of any sort.
In our sessions, we can build an environment in which to untangle and be curious about how your emotions and moods are impacting your life.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£45.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session
Initial call or email is free of charge.
£25 introductory session.
£45 subsequent sessions.
My Professional Assurance:
My practice adheres to the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Ethical Framework. I am a Registered Member of the BACP, have regular clinical supervision and personal therapy, along with continual additional training as part of my personal and professional development. I hold indemnity insurance and Enhanced DBS check for working with children and adults.
Due to COVID 19 restrictions at this time, I am offering 50-minute Zoom sessions or face to face in The Practice Rooms in Hove ( https://thepracticerooms.co.uk/find-a-therapist/centres/hove ). Zoom sessions can continue instead if you feel these are easier or safer for you, or you live away from the area. Please speak with me about any accessibility needs you may have including mobility, language and sensory needs.
We can speak briefly on the phone or by email to arrange a 50-minute introductory session. I have some time-limited slots as well as open-ended depending on needs. I recommend weekly sessions for continuity.