Gill Stewart Ad.Dip Psy C
You may be wondering whether counselling is for you, and whether you feel that you are able to talk to a complete stranger about your own personal situation. You may be feeling overwhelmed or confused about how you can cope or make any decisions about how to change things for the better.
I experienced these same thoughts and feelings, having taken the step to go to counselling at a difficult point in my life, however years later this positive experience led me to taking a different route in my life to become a qualified counsellor. If you are looking for support through a difficult time in your life, I am here to help you.
I can help if you are struggling with:
- low self-esteem
- low self-confidence
Together in counselling we can work through this.
I am an integrative counsellor, which means that I utilise a variety of therapeutic approaches in my sessions, based upon the individual client's needs and preferences. The therapeutic approaches include Person Centred Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
Within the sessions, we will focus on creating a therapeutic relationship that is based on trust and building rapport, in a safe, confidential and comfortable environment to provide you with support and understanding.
Together we will explore your thoughts and feelings, giving you the space to reflect, and consider different approaches. We will untangle experiences that may have been difficult, painful or challenging in the past or that are facing you currently and find ways that you are comfortable with, to give you renewed confidence and energy to move forward positively and healthily for you.
Talking with someone who is experienced, empathetic and understanding, who will listen without judgement, providing you with a safe space to open up about anything that you have been unable to speak about, particularly when the situation is distressing for you, can be a very therapeutic experience in itself. It may be that this is all you need to enable you to make sense of the situation and be able to take the steps to make the changes you seek.
For others, the counselling journey takes a longer and more detailed exploration into your past, identifying your core values and beliefs to understand more about what is causing your current distress,or dilemma, for you to be able to begin the process of learning new ways of thinking and behaviours that will bring about positive change.
It would be my privilege to work with you to help you find a way forward, and equip you with tools, strategies, self-belief and confidence to embrace the future and a new way of wellbeing.
Training, qualifications & experience
In addition to private counselling practice, I am also an affiliated Counsellor with Breakeven(working with gambling addiction), Mind , Embrace CVoC, and am an Associate Counsellor with Professional Help EAP. A key part of gaining my qualifications, alongside learning the theory, was to be able to demonstrate I could work with clients face to face and I spent a year on placement at Norwich Mind and continued to volunteer there once my study was complete.
- Accredited member of the National Counselling Society
- Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Ad Prof Dip PC)
- Diploma in Hypnotherapy and Counselling Skills (Dip Hyp CS)
- Member of the Hypnotherapy Society (MHS)
I am fully insured and DBS checked, and I attend regular monthly supervision with an accredited Supervisor.
My working background, prior to coming into counselling, was spending over ten years in learning and development, and I find that I am able to utilise my wealth of knowledge, experience and skills from my previous background to enhance what I can offer to my clients. I am very aware of the importance of understanding everyone's unique preferences, and how they view the world around them based on their own core values and beliefs, and will effectively use my coaching skills to help you explore alternative ways of looking at situations, and ourselves.
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.
National Counselling Society
The National Counselling Society
This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.
In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. 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
Appointments available now
I am able to offer the flexibility of different locations for my counselling sessions.
If being in Norwich City Centre is preferable for you, I am based in a central location which has easy access from public transport, and also has a public car park within close proximity.
The Norwich location is suitable for wheelchair access and has an accessible toilet on the ground floor.
I am also based in Wymondham and Hethersett, with a car park close by and easy access from public transport.
Please let me know your preferred location at the time of enquiry so I can ensure I meet your requirements appropriately.
Telephone Counselling sessions also available, please contact me for further details on times and fees.