Hi, I’m Gill! I’m a qualified, fully insured counsellor and psychotherapist and I work with people who are feeling stuck and want to feel better. I work with clients across the UK, online via video (Zoom), over the telephone and in person, from my practice based in Shipley. I’m based in Baildon, Shipley, BD17, which is easily accessible if you are based in Bradford, Guiseley, Menston, Ilkley and the surrounding area.
We all have those times in our life when things get on top of us; when we feel overwhelmed, anxious, depressed and unable to cope. We can feel stuck, trapped and that there’s no way forward. Perhaps work and the daily struggles of life are dragging you down? You’re feeling frazzled, stressed and anxious and can’t see a way out? Any one of these can take its toll on your self-confidence, we lose our mojo and everyday life just feels like an uphill struggle.
Many people have also noticed the affect that COVID-19 has had on their mental wellbeing? We’ve all had so much change to deal with and of course there’s the fear and anxiety that comes with living through a global pandemic. You might be juggling home and work commitments, which is affecting your physical and mental wellbeing not to mention your relationships.
These are just some of the situations where I can give you that much needed time and space to get a fresh perspective on what’s troubling and help you to find new ways of dealing with whatever life’s throwing at you right now. As a counsellor I like to adapt my approach to suit the particular needs of each client. Whether that’s being a compassionate, listening ear and providing a safe space for you to talk about your issues; or using more creative methods for exploring your thoughts and emotions so that you can find your own solutions to whatever it is that's keeping you stuck.
What's important to me is that we work at a pace and in a way that best suits you and your needs in the moment. I'll work with you to help you decide what feels like the best approach for you.
I appreciate beginning counselling and finding the right therapist can be nerve wracking and daunting. You can get in touch via email, text or phone for further information and we can have an initial chat so that you can decide if I’m the right fit for you.
Thanks for taking the time to have a look at my profile – I look forward to hearing from you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained at the Leeds Beckett University where I gained a Post Graduate Diploma Counselling & Psychotherapy. I am also a qualified coach, having completed my Post Graduate Diploma Coaching Psychotherapy some years ago.
Working in the corporate sector for the last 20 years as a personal and executive coach, I've helped lots of frazzled, stressed professionals & individuals find the resilience & skills needed to make mindset changes that stick.
In the last two years I have worked for a local charity providing general and bereavement counselling, and as a result have experience of a wide range of client issues.
I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and have full professional indemnity insurance. I receive regular supervision and ensure I undertake regular additional training to maintain the ethical standard of my work.
I have also completed a course in the “Therapeutic use of Mindfulness” with the British Mindfulness Institute, so I’m qualified to offer mindfulness based techniques to help with issues such as anxiety, stress and depression.
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
I offer an introductory session for £30 which is a chance for us to get to know each other and to see whether working together will be useful for you. If you decide to continue, each weekly session will be £45 and will last for 60 minutes.
Concessions offered for
Daytime and Evening Appointments are available. You can email, text or call me and I’ll get back to you for an initial conversation about what you need.
I appreciate that it can be tough to make that first contact, but often people feel reassured once we’ve had that first chance to speak.
Please have a look at my website www.gillparkin.com for some more info about me and what I offer.