Gillian McGowan - Mobile Counsellor
Hello, I'm Gillian. I'm trained as an Integrated Counsellor which means I studied a variety of counselling approaches, but I consider myself a Person Centred Counsellor. Person Centred Counselling starts with a premise that everyone is basically trying to be their best self, but life gets in the way sometimes. Things like trauma, incidents, abuse, how we are treated by our parents or in our relationships. These events then alter how we see ourselves. Our self belief, our self esteem, our values can be altered by how other people or events have molded us.
By exploring these events in the past or the present from your point of view, we can help gain perspective, resolution, understanding but importantly find the reserves and answers you have in you.
It may be a particular event you want to explore. It may be you want to explore general feelings of low self esteem. You may just want to be heard. I have no set agenda, you are the expert in your own life and we go where you want us to go at the pace you want us to go.
I am a mobile only counsellor meaning I will travel to you. We need a safe, quiet room where you can speak freely. Pets are fine but no other people including children (babies are fine), must be present. I use a lone working support company for safety.
I am available for appointments the following times:
- Tuesday 4:30pm - 8:00pm
- Thursday 4:30pm - 8:00pm
- Friday 12:00pm - 5:00pm
I only cover the following postcodes:
S2, S7, S8,S12, S13, S14, S17, S18,S20 , S21, S40, S41, S42, S43, S44
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a level 4 Advanced Diploma in psychotherapeutic Counselling which I gained after 3 years of study and 100 clinical hours of counselling.
I have worked since 2003 in various areas of support including:
- Rape Crisis - volunteer helpline worker
- NHS - Crisis worker for victims of sexual violence
- Carr-Gomm - Mental Health Worker
- Adullam - Support worker/Homeless Support
- Womens Aid - Domestic Violence Worker.
I currently provide counselling services for a domestic violence charity as well as private clients.
I'm a member of the National Counselling Society and adhere to their code of practice. I have regular clinical supervision in accordance with my governing body to ensure I am working to a high ethical standard.I also carry out continuous professional development and training to ensure my skills and knowledge are kept up to date.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Career counselling
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Physical abuse
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
Consultation - £10
Following this, I charge:
Low income/student - £15.00
Standard rate - £25.00
I accept cash or cheque payments. Sessions are 50 minutes and can be weekly/fortnightly as you choose. I see clients aged 18 years+.
Please e-mail for appointments, or text 07504 832 775.
Although I am predominately a mobile counsellor, I am able to hire a room if more appropriate. The fee for this is an additional £9.00 per session.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am available for appointments the following times: Tuesday 4:30pm - 8:00pm Thursday 4:30 pm - 8:00pm Friday 12:00pm - 5:00pm