Gillian Bales Reg MBACP

Gillian Bales Reg MBACP

About me

How counselling can help

As a person-centred counsellor, I hold the belief that we all have within ourselves the answers we seek. However there are times – when struggling with problems and difficult life events – that it can be hard to see a way forward. Whilst sharing worries with friends or family may be a valuable support, talking therapies can offer the necessary time and space to talk things through in a more open way and at a deeper level, enabling you to view things differently, helping you to let go of the past and allowing you to move forward.

I offer a safe, relaxed and confidential space to explore your worries and thoughts. We will work together, focusing on whatever you bring to the sessions in order to help you make sense of your difficulties.

What to expect in your first session

Choosing the right counsellor for you is an important decision. It is essential to find someone with whom you feel you can connect, someone who enables you to feel safe, relaxed and has the skills, understanding and experience to help you gain the most from your sessions. I offer a free 30 minute initial meeting, where
I will explain what you can expect from counselling and you will have the opportunity to tell me a little about yourself; to ask any questions you may have and to experience first hand how it might be for us to work together. At the end of the meeting, if you decide that you’d like to proceed, we would then arrange an assessment session, (where we can discuss your circumstances in greater detail).

Sessions are 50 minutes in duration and arranged for a mutually agreed regular time. There is no fixed number of counselling sessions as we work at a pace and direction that suits you – change occurs as the therapeutic relationship develops, so it is worth considering that this may take time. Progress and the need for further sessions is reviewed on a regular basis.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a fully qualified and BACP registered counsellor.

I studied for two years at South Nottingham College, achieving the following qualifications:
•  Certificate in Introduction to Basic Counselling Skills
•  CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
•  CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies

I then went on to study at Derby College for a further two years gaining the following qualification:
•  CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.

Since qualifying I have passed the BACP Certificate of Proficiency.

I have several years experience, primarily at a local charity supporting carers, but I have also worked as a volunteer student counsellor in a college. In both settings I counselled clients with a wide range of mental health issues, from general stress to severe anxiety and depression, offering both long term and short term counselling.

I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) and work in accordance with their ethical framework for good practice.

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£35.00 per 50 minute session

Maps & Directions

Nottinghamshire, NG2

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: No


Weekdays – 9.00am-3.00pm

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme