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
Conflict Resolution in Families
Customs and Cultural issues at work
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
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Although I am available during day time hours, I do have evening appointments as well