Hello, my name is Gina,
Life can be challenging, and everyday issues can soon become unmanageable when we are not feeling ourselves. We all need some help and support at some point in our life's and part of being emotionally healthy is knowing when to ask for help.
Knowing who to choose and where to go can be difficult, so here is a little about me and how I work. I am a Client Centred Counsellor/Psychotherapist with over 13 years of experience, My training and experience allows me to work alongside you and match my style to yours whilst adapting to your needs.
I will support you and help you to make sense of and cope with the difficulties you are experiencing, we will then explore together the best way to help you to heal and to work towards reaching your full potential. Psychotherapy works especially well with issues such as childhood impacts, anxiety, depression, as well as sudden unexpected events, such as bereavement, relationship issues, and recovery from addictive behaviour.
I offer you a safe, confidential secure space to be heard and to explore what's going on for you, respectfully and without judgement.
What to expect: I offer a free initial assessment in which we will explore, what's going on for you, what support you may need and how I may be able to offer that. Feel free to call, text or email me to set up this meeting or to find out more. Within the centre there are a team of counsellors and therapists that can also offer you support if we felt that was a better option.
I offer daytime and some early evening appointments.
Practicalities: I work from Serenity Self Care & Wellbeing in the centre of Darwen, based on the first floor of Holker House (Darwen Heritage trust are on the ground floor), there are stairs to the therapy rooms so please check with me if you have any disability. I also offer sessions by telephone or video calling.
Payment: I accept payment by Cash, Bank transfer or PayPal
By Car: Free parking is available outside, across and at the back of the building, the market roof top offers further free parking.
By Bus: Directly across from Darwen Town Centre bus station.
By Train: Darwen train station is a couple of minutes walk away.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a Graduate Diploma in Professional Counselling from the University of Central Lancashire, since qualifying in 2008 I have gained experience of working with adults, families, couples and children & adolescents in various settings such as schools, businesses, third sector and private practice
I am trained and experienced in working with clients with PTSD, Trauma and Complex trauma, and specialise in this area.
I also offer Horse Assisted Therapies in the beautifully calm surroundings at Becconsall Equine Centre (Preston) working with an accredited horse coach, and the wonderful horses to best support your needs.
I am a trained Clinical Supervisor and supervise a range of client/support work across various sectors.
Clinical Supervision sessions are usually an hour and a half and cost are £55 for individuals (paying on the day or £65 for businesses (invoiced)
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
From £40.00 to £60.00
Free initial telephone session
Counselling sessions -
Initial telephone assessment session free
1hr telephone or online/video £40
1hr Face to Face Sessions £45
(reduced for block bookings of 4 or more sessions that are paid for in advance)
Extended sessions (1hr 15mins - 1hr 30 mins) required for some cases such as Trauma, PTSD and Complex trauma therapy sessions £50 - £60
Home Visits or Exposure Therapy session costs are dependant on the distance and support needed (contact to discuss)
Couples/family £55 1hr 15 mins
Horse Assisted Therapies prices are dependant on the package of support required (contact to discuss)
Clinical Supervision 1hr 30 mins £55 individuals (paid on the day) or £65 businesses (invoiced)
In person sessions are held on a Tuesday and Friday (daytime only)
All other sessions including evenings will be available face to face online by Zoom/online video or by telephone.