Gillian Clay, BA hons, Fda, MBACP (Accred).
I am an experienced,counsellor and I provide confidential counselling for individual adults, youths and elderly people, in Godalming, Guildford and Merrow. Initial consultation FREE. I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I have considerable experience of working with anxiety, depression, OCD, relational problems, attachment, loss and a wide range of issues. I trained in an integrative approach to counselling. It enables me to tailor therapy to meet each person’s individual need. I believe that people are unique human beings who have the potential to make the most of their lives. There are times when life deals us difficult times and hardship. People sometimes have problems which they do not want to share with family and friends. These problems may feel overwhelming. Talking things through with a qualified professional is often a positive step towards overcoming personal problems and fears. I believe that people are capable of taking control of their lives and are capable of change even when “the chips are down”, the counselling process promotes positive growth and change. Working with a trained professional counsellor often accelerates personal growth and increase of self-esteem for clients.
There are of course, some problems which we are unable to change (such as bad health or age related problems). Sharing personal experiences with a trained counsellor often helps individuals to find more positive ways to cope with their difficulties and also helps them to feel understood and hopefully to live a fuller life. Counselling provides clients with the opportunity to talk about their difficulties and to explore how they feel. I regard myself as an approachable and open individual, I offer a confidential counselling service within a safe environment.
Training, qualifications & experience
My theoretical approach to counselling is integrative. I gained a foundation degree in integrative counselling, it allows me to draw from Person Centred, Psychodynamic and Transpersonal theory. A Person Centred approach is at the core of my work and I am able to integrate Psychodynamic or Transpersonal psychology, when and if required. Therapy is tailored to meet the client’s individual need. I continued my studies and gained a BA (honours) in counselling. In more recent years, I have studied Attachment theory which focuses on relationships and the affect of loss. I have gained a post graduate diploma in Attachment Theory. I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I adhere to their ethical guidelines.
I have worked for many years and continue to work as a volunteer counsellor for a charitable trust in Guildford. The trust provides affordable long term counselling for adults. I counsel clients in my private practice. I also have considerable experience as a youth counsellor.
I work with adult individuals and teenagers. My work covers a wide range of issues such as anxiety, stress, phobias, OCD, abuse, trauma, depression, bereavement, ill health, spiritual concerns and a wide range of relational and attachment issues.
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
Free initial thirty minute consultation.
£50.00 Some concessions available for those on low income £30.00
I work from Godalming, Guildford and Merrow in Surrey.