Gill Dunkerley MBACP
Sometimes life can be a struggle, zapping your energy and leaving you exhausted. It's very easy to get tangled up in problems. Maybe I can show you a way to press "pause" and take a step back from life to see what's really going on - perhaps gain a different perspective?
I have several years experience as a counsellor and really love my job, never ceasing to be amazed by my clients’ capacity to overcome their difficulties with just a little help. I see counselling as something which can be tailored to suit the individual. It’s not a “one size fits all” approach which is why I have chosen to be an integrative counsellor mixing and matching counselling theories to suit the specific needs of my clients.
Being person-centred is very much at the heart of my approach to counselling. This means I give clients the space to explore their thoughts/feelings and emotions at their own pace. Put simply, the client is the driver while I act as navigator - no sat nav required!! I aim to provide a supportive, caring environment to help you find the resources to solve your own problems. We all have these inner resources but sometimes we need to be reminded that they are there and how best to use them!
I like to offer different approaches and counselling techniques to suit a client's individual needs. Some people may have issues with their thinking and benefit from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). This looks at how our thoughts, feelings are behaviour are interlinked. It's easy to get stuck in a cycle of negative thinking and behaviour and CBT helps people develop strategies for breaking this cycle. Others may prefer more dynamic approach using goal-setting or action planning. We are all different and part of the therapy is getting to know what works for you and adapting and changing it as we go along.
If the idea of sitting face to face with a counsellor terrifies you, we can take your counselling outdoors as I now offer "walking therapy". After an initial meeting indoors we can walk and talk outside taking advantage of the space and the views which can be very grounding and soothing. There's something about being outside that helps clients process things a little differently, giving another perspective on the situations which might be causing distress.
I also use mindfulness which is a very current approach used in the treatment of a variety of mental health issues including anxiety and depression. Mindfulness teaches us how to be more “in the moment” rather than being stuck in the past or worrying about the future. It’s a way of being more aware of what is actually going on for you and by increasing this awareness you are able to notice and ultimately alter more negative patterns of thinking and behaviour.
You may know a lot or a little about the above approaches and techniques but it really doesn't matter. The starting point is with you and we can check out as we go along how you'd like your counselling to be and change it as necessary.
During the first session, we can discuss what you want to get out of counselling and how we might go about achieving this. This can be anything from looking at specific problems such as anxiety or stress management to exploring more deep seated issues which may stop you being the person you want to be. Perhaps you just need some headspace? A place to get your thoughts together and gain some clarity? I can provide a confidential, non-judgmental space and the support to allow you to do just that. Much can be achieved in a few sessions but I’m also happy to work longer-term depending on your requirements.
I am based in the centre of Gee Cross within easy access of Tameside, Derbyshire, Stockport, Manchester and surrounding areas. I can offer day time and early evening appointments from Monday to Thursday.
I know how hard it is to ask for help and by looking at this profile you are already a step closer to making positive changes. For a no obligation chat please phone me on my mobile (07977 590765). If I’m unavailable and you’d like me to return your call please leave a message on my voicemail and I will call you back as soon as possible. Alternatively, you can email me for further information or to make an appointment.
Training, qualifications & experience
Certificate in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (Manchester Centre for CBT)
Diploma in Counselling (University of Manchester)
Certificate in Integrated Mindfulness Practice (University of Salford)
BA (Hons) Business Studies and Education (Leeds University).
I have a commitment to ongoing training and have attended several workshops, training days and courses to support my integrative counselling approach. These include Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults, Ageing and loss, Couple Counselling, Suicide Prevention, Art Therapy, Solution-Focused Counselling, Working with Trauma and Dissociation, Eating Disorders and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. I regularly attend mindfulness practice days and retreats.
I am a full Member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and work according to their principles and ethics. I am also on the BACP's Accredited Voluntary Register having successfully completed their Certificate of Proficiency in Counselling.
I have worked with a wide range of individuals and agencies including AGE UK and Off the Record youth counselling. I have also worked within a hospital setting as an infertility counsellor and in General Practice. I have a specific interest in working with carers and have recently delivered mindfulness sessions to people with dementia and their carers for my local Alzheimer's Society. I have also run a Carer's group for the Macclesfield MS Society.
I have previously worked part-time for Tameside, Oldham and Glossop Mind where I co-ordinated and delivered mental health courses for people in supported housing. I am currently part of a team of counsellors working with Macclesfield MS Society and I also undertake Employee Assisted Programme counselling helping clients specifically with work-related issues or problems which impact on well-being in the work place.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
£40 for individuals; £30 for initial consultation,
concessions available for students, student counsellors, under-18's, over 65's, unemployed (please ask for details, proof required).
Please note there are steps up to my property and my therapy room is situated on the first floor so it may not be suitable for people with mobility issues.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Daytime and early evening appointments available. Monday to Thursday.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|