Gillian Watts MBACP (Accredited) BA (Hons)
I am a fully qualified, experienced counsellor, psychotherapist and accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I have many years experience of working with adults and young people within a GP practice, as well as Heads Together, a youth counselling organisation. For the past 3 years I have been the school counsellor for the Yehudi Menuhin School in Cobham, Surrey, and now dedicate all my time in private practice.
Feeling overwhelmed and unable to think straight will have a huge impact on how you live your life and build relationships. While our minds are preoccupied dealing with stress, it is very difficult to make good decisions. Counselling is a great way for you to make sense of your experiences and help you to find more manageable ways of coping.
I have a private practice located in the beautiful grade II listed, Fetcham Park House. There's plenty of parking and the opportunity to enjoy a coffee while you wait. My room is very close to a side entrance if you would prefer to come and go without having to come through the main entrance.
I work short and long-term (reviewed every 12 weeks). This is based on your needs.
Walk and Talk Therapy
In addition to meeting clients at Fetcham Park House, I also offer a walk and talk service. I understand that sitting in a room with a counsellor, for many people, can be too intense. Taking a walk can increase mental alertness, energy and positive mood.
We would meet first at Fetcham Park House and then decide if this service is suitable.
Young people are under an enormous amount of pressure at school, home and with friends. This is all usually well managed but if we add, parental divorce, illness, abuse, bereavement, sexual identity issues, bullying, relationship issues and anxiety, to name but a few, this becomes overwhelming. Young people often retreat to their room, put their head phones on and stop talking. Without the right sort of help they may turn to harmful ways of coping, making the situation even more complicated.
Statistics taken from the Mental Health Foundation indicate that 70% of young people who experience mental health problems have not had appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age.
It is often very difficult for a child to talk about their difficulties; this can result from not understanding what exactly is happening to them, and therefore not being able to articulate it. I work towards helping your child become more self-aware, leading to better self-care and in the process, learning the language needed in order to talk to those who can help them outside of the counselling room.
How We Would Work Together
We would have an initial session to discuss whatever it is that you would like to achieve as a result of having counselling. I am able to work psychotherapeutically and help you to explore your past experiences, this helps to make sense of the difficulties you are facing today. I can also use Solution Focused Therapy to focus on your strengths, enabling you to problem solve effectively and move forwards.
Many of my clients do not know what they want from counselling or what it is they are experiencing. All they know is that they feel sad all the time and would like something to change.
Please email, or text if you would like to discuss this further before meeting me.
"I am delighted to be able to say I am proud of how much my attitudes to various things have changed over the course of 2018, and would like you to know how much your support has been valued by myself and my family".
"I would just like to thank you for helping me improve my life. Your calm, friendly and sometimes humorous approach made it easy for me to open up about my problems."
"Thank you for your care, comfort and friendship over what has been the toughest year of my life. Whatever time I have left will be all the richer for the time we shared".
"Gillian, Thank you for everything! You really saved me!"
"Thank you for everything. Seeing you really turned my life around and I wouldn’t be where I am today without you."
"You have been totally amazing and transformed the way I think about myself...I can never thank you enough for listening, laughing and helping."
Training, qualifications & experience
BA Honours Degree (First) in Integrative-Relational Counselling; Middlesex University
Solution Focused Brief Therapy; Surrey Counselling Training
First Class Honours in Early Childhood Montessori Teaching; St. Nicholas Montessori College, London.
Working with People Who Self-Harm
Suicide and Young People at risk
Trauma and Disclosure of Childhood Sexual Abuse
Anger Management and Self-Esteem
Working with Young People in the LGBT community
I attend fortnightly supervision, have professional indemnity insurance and adhere to the BACP's Ethical Framework for Good Practice.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
It is often a good idea to meet more than one counsellor before deciding on who to work with.
I offer an initial 30 minute meeting in order to help you make that decision at a cost of £25
Regular Sessions are £55 and last 50 minutes.
Concessions are available in certain cases, including trainee counsellors.
I am an approved provider for the following health insurance companies:
Healix Health Services Ltd