Gina Hickey - PgDip, MBACP (Accredited)
My name is Gina and I am a counsellor based in Stevenage. We all need emotional support from time to time and if you are reading this, then there is probably something going on, either for you or someone you know, which is affecting you personally. You may have a specific problem that is particularly emotionally challenging and distressing, such as bereavement or job loss, or struggling with a specific issue such as an eating disorder or pattern of destructive relationships. However, it might also be something that you cannot quite put your finger on, but you just feel empty and unfulfilled and want to gain some self awareness to enhance your life and relationships. I work with adults, on an open-ended basis or for an agreed time period, with the aim of enabling you to live your life more fully.
Life today can be very demanding, provoking high levels of stress, anxiety and depression. This not only impacts how we feel about ourselves, but also our relationships in both our personal and professional lives. We can feel so overwhelmed with everything, it becomes hard to make sense of what is going on for us, leaving us feeling vulnerable, confused and isolated.
We all need extra support from time to time and traditionally known as the 'talking cure', counselling gives you the opportunity to talk with a trained professional. Counselling also gives you the opportunity to better understand yourself by providing you with a confidential space and emotional support, throughout your explorations. Having someone to support you while you explore your distress, gives you an increased self awareness and confidence, making you better equipped to make the right choices for you. Resilience also begins to be rebuilt, helping you cope with the challenges that life can throw at us when we least expect it.
I understand that the initial step of reaching out for support can feel daunting. So if you have any questions or would like to hear more about the way I work, please contact me. I very much look forward to hearing from you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I studied at the University of Hertfordshire and have a Certificate in Counselling and a Post Graduate Diploma in Contemporary Therapeutic Counselling.
I also have many years experience supporting not only people who suffer from long term chronic illness, disability and life changing conditions, but those around them whose lives are also impacted.
I have experience of working in both the public and private sectors.
I am fully insured and a practising registered (Accredited) member of the BACP.
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
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
My pricing range is £45 to £55 per session. Concessionary rates may be available, dependant on your circumstances and the time of appointment that you require. Please contact me for more information if you feel this might be you.