About me

Thank you for visiting my profile. Here’s some brief information to get you started  and discover how we could work together in your journey to better mental health.

Taking the first steps.

Should you contact me we can arrange a no obligation consultation session. The session can be face to face, online or by telephone. You can discuss what you want from the process, then if you are happy to continue we can arrange weekly/fortnightly sessions. My aim is to ensure that our therapeutic relationship is one that is a good fit for what you want from counselling. I do not have rigid rules and integrate a range of resources to underpin how we work therapeutically.

What you can expect.

You can expect it to be a collaborative process , you have freedom to talk about the way you see  therapy  working for you.  I do not approach counselling with a, “One size fits’ all” outlook, because I believe clients are all unique individuals who may have  different needs at different times.  

In our sessions you have freedom to determine what you want to integrate into therapy. It may involve a combination of resources and ideas . For example, utilising my counsellor skills  I do not work in only one modality but integrate many, such as CBT, Person-Centred, Gestalt and Creative therapies. I use a range of skills and resources that are best suited to client problems.  

I will also seek to learn about your interests,  experience and skills too.  We can include them in therapy if you wish, particularly if they mean something to you. Inclusion is a core part of my practice. All ideas matter - my philosophical outlook  on life is means I believe clients  have the freedom to choose their own way in life and the therapy journey too.  And therefore, I invite you to read further, and take more steps to the next stage of considering why I might just be who you want as your counsellor.  

Why consider me over other counsellors?

Perhaps its because my experience of life is varied. I have worked for 28 years within the Criminal Justice sector. Clients who work in this profession may find it useful to work with a counsellor, who understands its culture. 

I have worked with clients who have found themselves on the other side of the criminal justice sector, as a counsellor at the Probation Service. Consequently, I have the capacity to support clients who may have feelings such as shame or guilt, or feel stigmatised by society, I make no judgements on people who may have received convictions or been involved in crime.

Since 2016, I have volunteered in a South Essex based Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) peer support group. Volunteering and building relationships within this community helped me to understand the unconscious bias and discrimination that LGBT people face.  Clients who want to talk about issues that arise from their sexuality or gender identity, will find that my practice is an LGBT inclusive and affirming environment.

For several years, I have volunteered to support  people who are homeless, have no income or perhaps who have jobs, but no homes. I recognise that accessing counselling in these circumstances can be difficult. To meet needs of people who find themselves in this situation I will adapt counselling provision to suit what they want.  For example, I have no expectation for clients to attend weekly sessions if they cannot afford it. We can negotiate how therapy can be adapted to suit.

I am an individual member of the BACP and accredited member of the National Counselling Society. I have a BA(1st Class honours) in counselling, and have spent over four years developing my skills, and have worked with a range of client groups, young people, adults.

I have particular experience in client problems, that have included harmful or addictive behaviour, such as eating disorders, self-harm and substance abuse, , low self-esteem, many different types of  loss, trauma, anxiety, depression and gender dysphoria, and if these are issues that are impacting your well-being,  and you have a sense that our therapeutic  relationship might be one that may fit with you want from counselling to work on these issues,  please contact me today

Training, qualifications & experience

  • BA (Hons) Counselling.
  • NCFE Counselling Level 3.
  • NCFE Counselling Level 2.
  • Health & Safety at Work Level 1.
  • Accredited Hate Crime Ambassador for Essex Police.

Member organisations

BACP

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Transgender issues
  • Homelessness issues
  • Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual issues
  • Loss -  (including unrecognised, disenfranchised and ambiguous)

Fees

Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

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

Additional information

  • £45 per session
  • £30 for student clients.
  • Rates negotiable for clients  on income support, etc.

Further information

I have a particular interest in loss and bereavement issues. For example, ambiguous losses such as missing people, skills and abilities. Or disenfranchised losses,  those that may not always be socially supported, such as a bereavement in a gay relationship.

My other areas of interest and understanding extend to addiction, harmful behaviours, and issues that impact the LGBT community. 

Weston Chambers, Block A
Weston Road
Southend On Sea
Essex
SS1 1AU

Southend-on-Sea
Essex
SS2

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

In England and Wales, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly known as CRB) carry out criminal records checks for individuals working with vulnerable groups, such as children. To find out more, visit gov.uk , or contact this professional directly

Online platforms

Zoom

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Gina Costin

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