Gillian Clay, BA hons, Fda, MBACP. Dip.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Career counselling
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
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.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am available weekdays and evenings.
Types of client