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Liverpool, Merseyside, L31

About me

Helping you navigate loss after bereavement 

Are you facing life without a loved one? Hiding your grief so others don’t feel uncomfortable, trying as best as you can to carry on as normal, but knowing nothing in your world will ever be normal again. Desperate for someone to see your grief, your heartbreak, your anger, your fear, your guilt but also scared that they will. Moving through your world more slowly than before because you carry such a heavy weight. Or moving too quickly because if you stop everything will catch up with you, and if you start to cry, you fear you’ll never stop….

Losing someone close is complex because it's rarely only about the loss of a person. You expected to feel sad, lonely, devastated, but you hadn’t anticipated other unforeseen issues to hit you. They may have hit you immediately or they may taken some time to show. 

These are losses that are rarely acknowledged or mourned following the death of someone close and may include:

  • A loss of identity, purpose or role. You may question who you are without your loved one and wonder what are you going to do now? 
  • Loss of confidence in yourself  or the outside world, your sense of stability is rocked and anxiety or low self esteem has replaced your once capable self
  • Loss of your goals, dreams or future plans, the path ahead you once saw is now changed or uncertain
  • Changes to relationships, friendships or family issues,  you may find it difficult to relate to those around you.
  • A loss of status, you may have lost income or the ability to work
  • The loss of the chance to make up, get answers, or forgive

I can help you to

  • Tell your story, It’s important and deserves to be heard 
  • Remove the mask you hide behind – let your hidden grief be seen and heard without judgement or expectations in your own time, at your own pace
  • Express and explore your reactions and emotions without the worry of burdening or upsetting someone
  • Reclaim your calm, your coping ability and stability
  • Find some hope as you move forward into a life that’s different than you expected

My  own experiences of caring for terminally ill family members and the grief that followed, led me to my passion to work with you as you find yourself in situations you never imagined and feeling emotions that are overwhelming. 

This insight enables me to offer you understanding in a quiet, private place that’s for you only.

If you’re in need of a place away from everyone and everything, where you are free to say the things you’re keeping inside, gain some relief and relieve the weight you feel, contact me now

Email to book or with any questions and get the support you’re looking for ...

Training, qualifications & experience

Therapeutic Counsellor

  • Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • Certified Online & Phone Counsellor
  • CPCAB Walk and Talk Counselling

I spent 2 1/2 years working with bereaved adults and adults with terminal illness in an agency setting, and a year working in Hospice supporting adults at the end of life and their families.

I continue with professional development /training across themes of bereavement and grief, secondary losses, and end of life issues. 


Registered Midwife 2003 -2012

  • Diploma In Midwifery - Edge Hill University 2000-2003

I spent 9 years supporting pregnant women and their families throughout the ante, intra and postnatal periods.

Member organisations

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National Counselling Society (NCS)

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In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

National Counselling Society

Accredited Register Scheme

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National Counselling Society

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Losses due to life limiting illness
  • Older adults/ageing and related issues
  • Death or health anxiety
  • Pregnancy loss


£40.00 per session

Additional information

£40 per hour (60 mins)

Further information

I work face to face, for both long and short term work, in a private, comfortable, homely space.  Appointments in your own home may be possible, depending on location, and discussion beforehand

Liverpool, Merseyside, L31

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
Gillian Hughson

Gillian Hughson