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Swindon: Gilly Chapell Reg. MBACP Trauma Counsellor, Degree Qual.

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I am a BACP Counsellor also trained as a neurobiologically informed trauma therapist, qualified to Degree level with over a decade of extensive experience addressing a wide breadth of emotional concerns. I bring to my private practice some the most up to date and proven treatment applications for complex trauma, PTSD, Disassociation, borderline and similar diagnoses as I have trained under Janina Fisher one of our world leading experts and worked at her private clinic gaining valuable hands on experience.

In my experience counselling has helped clients, presenting with all sorts of difficulties, such as: emotional overwhelm, hopelessness, shame, worthlessness, lack of memories, mistrust, anxiety, panic attacks, stress, depression, chronic pain, irritability, loss of interest, decreased concentration, insomnia, alcohol, addiction, lack of self care or confidence, disordered eating, comfort eating, legacy of abuse or neglect, self destructive behaviour, parenting and relationship issues. Along side clients who come because they want to make sense of a life event such as problems related to affairs, betrayal, separation and divorce, abusive relationship, bereavement and loss of long term relationships.

For example... a client may report feeling a loss of interest in things, in life, in relationships. Sometimes this is a subtle way of our emotional well being telling us that we have had a tough time digesting when something really important and meaningful was taken away from us. We cope with the loss by not getting too attached to anything again in the future. The logic being if we are not too attached we don't get hurt when or if it is taken away from us. There tends to be an underlying message hidden within the symptoms clients present. So a good place to start in counselling is to explain what isn't working in life at the minute.

Sometimes clients report sudden, intense and lasting 'moments' of emotional overwhelm which after the 'moment' has past seems out of proportion to the situation. This is very common in unresolved trauma. But often clients are too scared to bring it to counselling and instead battle with 'if I could just keep it under control, do better, stop over reacting or similar...' again this is all very common when there is an underlying situation that has not been resolved properly and you'd be surprised just how it can be unravelled. I also often here clients report feeling like they are a fraud, carrying a sense of I am going to get found out, like they are not good enough and it is only a matter of time before people will discover it.  This again is a symptom of trauma. Also see:

which explains how trauma can impact us.

Take a look at the additional images uploaded for further symptoms of this.

Counselling is a talking therapy which helps clients understand that the symptoms (whatever they may be e.g. emotional overwhelm, hopelessness, shame, worthlessness, lack of memories, mistrust, anxiety, panic attacks, stress, depression, chronic pain, irritability, loss of interest, decreased concentration, insomnia, alcohol, addiction, lack of self care or confidence, disordered eating, comfort eating, self destructive behaviour). When a client can understand the symptoms it is easier to see what the symptoms is telling them and for us to work on restoring emotional well being, improve low self-esteem, unravel things like anger management, rage, bereavement, phobias and post natal depression etc. By providing a unique perspective it can assist in evaluating and changing how life is being experienced. This can improve relationships, how we communicate with our children, family issues and help us digest affairs and betrayals, separation and divorce.

My approach combines Person-Centred and Psychodynamic theories providing clients with options of short term or open ended therapy. I am trained and experienced in dealing with all of the mentioned symptoms. One of the areas I don't have training in and therefore I do not work with clients who's main presenting symptom falls within sexual addiction or dysfunction, however there are many therapists trained specifically in this area.

I do work a lot with clients who appear to get a sudden, intense and long lasting, emotional overwhelm. These clients when triggered often report feeling like there is something seriously wrong with them, like this just is not normal... this is often a very common symptom of a previous trauma (trauma can mean anything which scares us, so from a car accident to growing up with a scarey parent). I use a very effective approach under the direction of Janina Fisher, PhD who is recognised in our field for the understanding and treatment of the legacy of trauma: attachment failure, neglect, physical or sexual abuse in childhood, sexual assault, medical trauma, and domestic or community violence.

Everyone deserves to be heard and I believe from client feedback I can offer clients empathy, acceptance, understanding and place where they feel safe and capable of change. I believe with the right support you will find the resources you need to feel like your own expert in what you need to find your potential and continue self growth through what is a self empowering counselling relationship.

Counselling is an opportunity to unravel; thoughts which maybe tie us up in knots, decisions which could make us go round in circles and change habits which might make us cringe to the core. Counselling can also be a life sustaining therapy for the emotionally bruised.

Some clients know their limitations, spot trouble ahead or want to make changes and know they need to seek help to achieve this. Whilst at the other end of the spectrum others are right at their wits end before they get in touch. There is no right or wrong time to start counselling, you will be welcome whenever to choose to get in touch...day or night and I usually respond promptly to text messages and emails (although they are delivered when the phone syncs).

Training, qualifications & experience

Current curiosity (but not qualified) Biodynamic Medicine which in simple terms combines talking therapy with body therapy on the basis all emotions are felt first within the body and some get stuck and need releasing.

These are some of the Certificates and Qualifications I have obtained which support my work:

Practical Brain-Focused Strategies for working with Depression   2017 (new research on natural antidepressants) with Elisha Goldstein

Brain Science, Neurobiologically Informed Neuroplasticity  2016 with Dan Seigel, Rich Hanson, Kelly McGonigal, Norman Doldge, Stephen Porges, Pat Ogden                                                         

Working with the Neurobiological Legacy of Trauma lead by Janina Fisher
Level 1 2 and 3 at Khiron House

Foundation Degree in Therapeutic Counselling - Merit
My training was undertaken face to face through the University of Gloucester

D171 Introduction to Counselling
(equivalent to the CPCAB Level 3 in Counselling Theory

CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills

CRUSE Awareness in Bereavement Care
A foundation course

NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Nutrition and Health
(emotional well being starts with good physical health)

Associate of the CIPD with Level 3 Certificate in Personnel Practice
(Being qualified in Human Resources & Employment Law helps clients with work related issues)

Btec National Diploma in Business & Finance

Member organisations


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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

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As a guide I usually charge £45 per hour, pay as you go and £40 if paid in advance monthly for daytime slots. Evening slots can be offered at £45 per hour if paid 48 hours in advance, couples £75 for 90mins. But please see my website for the most up to date rates and offers... or text me.

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Further information

When looking for a counsellor:

Qualifications are important but experience in applying the theory is essential... always ask how long they have been practising... and ensure they are on the counselling register.

I can be found on the BACP's Register of Counsellors & Psychotherapists, certificate number 054329.

This register was accredited under a Parliamentary Scheme in 2013 to protect clients and support best practice.

So you'll find I work ethically and I am a trusted pair of hands for clients. I also have a DBS certificate with ongoing monitoring held under our local school. Counselling is one of those therapies which really requires the professional to hold a great deal of integrity, so that clients stand a good chance of being able to open up and share their difficulties.   In order to prove our integrity to clients we do a great deal of training with other more experienced professionals and take a lot of personal counselling ourselves to ensure your sessions remain completely uncontaminated from anything other than what your bring.


Newport Street

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access


Mon to Thurs 9.15am 10.40am, 12.05pm or 1.30pm

Alternative days in Old Town & St Andrews Ridge

Afternoons & Evenings upon request.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults


Swindon: Gilly Chapell Reg. MBACP Trauma Counsellor, Degree Qual.

Swindon: Gilly Chapell Reg. MBACP Trauma Counsellor, Degree Qual.

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