Gillian Gilbert

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MBACP, COP, Dip.Coun, Registered Member
Available for new clients
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Polperro, Cornwall, PL13
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Hello my name is Gillian, but like to be called Gill, welcome!

I am a mum, wife, daughter, sister, Auntie, gran and a solid friend, I have two loving dogs.

I am a fully qualified (BACP) registered counsellor and I hold a Certificate of Proficiency, which means I've been tested post qualifying by the BACP and proved safe to practice. I provide a Person Centred / Integrative approach, which allows my clients to work at a pace that is most comfortable for them.

BACP means British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. I work within their Ethics.

Throughout our lives we experience difficulties that we may find hard to deal with, it can be a frightening and isolating place to be and sometimes talking to friends or relatives is just not enough (how often have you felt your story has been lost when they try to share their own experience). Knowing that you are not on your own and talking through your emotions may be helpful.

Do you feel a generalised anxiety? then counselling is a good place to begin.

My approach is non-directive and it is called " Person Centred" its all about you! and I aim to provide a warm, genuine, caring, safe and confidential space, where you will not feel under pressure or judged, I offer you a place where you can tell your story and you will be given every encouragement to give voice to aspects of your experience that has previously been silenced, in your own time and in your own way, including the expression of feeling and emotion, this allows you to explore and make sense of things, help you move forward to a better place, where you no longer feel that internal battle of conflict which may be going on for you right now.

I am not here to advise you, you will be able to work things out for you, I will work alongside you and at a pace that is right for you. I am aware that everyone progresses at different stages, this is why I adapt my sessions to meet and suit your individual needs.

I offer both short term counselling (up to 6 weeks) and long term (6 weeks or more) which is based on your needs and discussed at our first meeting.

At our initial meeting we will create a contract together outlining how many sessions, the length of sessions, confidentiality and boundaries, we will review after a couple of sessions to ensure that you are getting the best out of therapy and discuss if you would like the sessions to continue.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have been working within a caring environment for all of my life, I began my Nurse Training at the age of 18 I think this is where my journey took me too on the path to become a counsellor, a huge part of "me" as a nurse was listening and just being with someone who was afraid or just needed to talk.

I have worked in a busy Social Work and Crisis Team for young people Children and families for over 15 years in Cornwall, previous to this in a Secure Unit for young men.

I was an Associate Counsellor at Plymouth University for 3 yrs and I work privately from home.

I also worked for Outlook Southwest as a Counselling Therapist,  this is Cornwalls leading service for Improving Access to Psychological therapies (IAPT)

My qualifications are

Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling CPCAB

I am a certified Registered Member of the BACP and hold a certificate of proficiency.

I attend a Continued professional development group monthly.

  • Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • Certificate in Counselling Studies
  • Completed Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
  • Completed a workshop in Post Traumatic Stress

                                         Art Therapy
                                         Conflict Resolution in Families
                                         Stress awareness
                                         Human Rights
                                         Customs and Cultural issues at work
                                         Protecting information
                                         working in Therapy using a third party
                                         Sex and Relationship Training

  • Trained to use The Family Partnership Model, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focus Therapy.
  • Experience in Crisis Counselling
  • Safeguarding children and vulnerable families
  • Domestic violence
  • Holds a Certificate in Childhood Studies
  • NVQ 3 Health and Social care young people
  • Training in Understanding Attachment difficulties in children, and children in Care
  • Health of Looked after Children
  • Child Abuse Multi Agency Training
  • Trained to use Substance use screening tool
  • Serious Case Review Training
  • Level 2 award in Team Leading
  • Certificate of Higher Education. Art and Design
  • Registered Nurse

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Individuals £50 for one hours session
Students £30 per session.

When I work

My current availability is between

9am / 2pm 

Not available Tuesdays 

Polperro, Cornwall, PL13

Type of session

In person

Key details

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Gillian Gilbert
Gillian Gilbert