Gillian Cocksedge, MBACP Dip. Couns.
During your counselling sessions I will give you the space so that you can explore any issues you may wish to bring in a supportive and non-directive, non-judgemental environment. I can offer you:
A commitment to promote your wellbeing.
An awareness that going on one’s inner journey can be a frightening, exhilarating, exhausting.
I will be present for you, but not intrusive.
I will respect you and your decisions for yourself.
I will respect your right to find your own resolutions.
I will support you and encourage you on your inner journey.
I will always respect you and your truth.
I am a qualified counsellor and a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I work within the BACP ‘Ethical Framework for Counsellors’, and also the BACP Guidelines for Online Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I can work with you both face to face, online or via telephone. My clients are from across all age ranges, from teenagers to adults with a range of issues.
If you wish to book an initial counselling session with me this does not mean you are obligated to attend further sessions. This initial session is a way of helping you get a feel for what counselling involves and most importantly helps you decide if you can work with me.
Training, qualifications & experience
As well as offering private counselling sessions I also volunteer one day a week at a school where I offer counselling to students, parents and staff.
I have regular clinical supervision and I am continually attending CPD courses and take every opportunity to further my professional and personal development.
Qualifications and training:
- CPCAB Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- Level 2 Safeguarding Training
- Dealing with Distress: Working with Suicide and Self-harm
- Working with Relational Trauma
- Resilience: helping children and families develop an emotional shield - BACP Children, Young people and Families Conference
- Child Bereavement course by Child Bereavement UK
- Online and Telephone Counselling Certificate
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
Each 50 minute counselling session is £50.
A discount is available if 6 sessions are paid for in advance.
Reduced rates are offered to those who work in an educational environment.
Appointments for day, evening and Saturday sessions are available.
Working Online and via Telephone
Online counselling therapy is a way for you to engage in counselling using internet technology such as telephone or webcam video. You direct your counselling by selecting the method of communication you feel most comfortable with. You choose the time, the place and the pace of your counselling to suit your needs.
I will make every effort to offer a safe and secure environment for your online therapy with encryption software to protect your conﬁdentiality and secure.
Zoom is a way for you to see me face-to-face from your computer whilst engaging in counselling. I can guide you through setting up your own Zoom account and I would send you logon details for a time that we have previously arranged. Sessions are 50 minutes in length. Being able to see me gives you more of the beneﬁts you get from face-to-face counselling, but with the convenience of online therapy.
An advantage of telephone counselling is that non-verbal communication can be carried in you tone of voice or the pace of speech which can be picked up by your counsellor. A disadvantage of telephone counselling is that you need a private room where you will not be overheard.