Gina Howard. MBACP reg.
Your story matters to me and as a qualified counsellor and a caring human being I want to help you cope with whatever you are facing now and help you discover new choices to change your experience of life.
I offer an initial free 30 minute session to assess your needs and see how we can work together via telephone or video platforms like Zoom or Google Meet.
For some this can be daunting prospect, particularly if you are not used to video conferencing or comfortable with the telephone. Please be assured that I will guide you through the setup process, free of charge, to ensure you are comfortable and happy before we commence sessions.
I am also offering walk and talk sessions outdoors, weather permitting. Please contact me for more information to see if it might be suitable for you.
The issues that people come to me for are anxiety, panic attacks, depression, stress, relationship issues, family problems, phobias, addictions, bereavement and loneliness. Often the issues can be about purpose and meaning and a sense of having lost one's way. I am also aware that our current situation with Covid 19 can be creating many difficulties that need to be talked through and heard.
How can counselling help you
Counselling is not about giving advice but helping you to find your own answers. It is a space where you can meet yourself afresh; discover new potentials and make the changes you need to help you manage and cope with life.
It can be short term addressing issues that are recent that you just need to talk through to discover your options.
It can be longer term counselling, addressing issues that have been around for a many years and have been affecting you, the relationships you have and the way you have lived your life. These issues can arise from family life or growing up experiences such as abuse, neglect, bullying, living with depressed relatives, bereavement, a sense of not being cared for and any form or traumatic experience. Counselling is about exploring these life events, making sense of your story and give you space to explore your feelings, thoughts and beliefs about them. And discovering how you have managed and coped, what strengths you have and what changes you want to make for the future.
During counselling I will offer you
- A safe, private and confidential space to talk about your problem.
- My full attention to help you feel heard, understood and not judged.
- An opportunity to explore what is happening for you in relation to others in your life.
- Offer you some helpful exercises for releasing tension and anxiety that are easy to learn.
- The opportunity to discover and deepen the strengths and skills you have.
- Help to develop your sense of self awareness and self reflection.
- Help to improve and increase the choices you have.
Choosing a counsellor can be difficult and worrying. You may have questions about my efficacy? Will I be able to help you or care about you? Will you get on with me? Will you like me? There are no easy answers. I would suggest that you trust your instincts and feelings and see where it leads. And of course you do not have to continue with me - you have a choice.
During your free initial consultation of 30 minutes we will discuss your expectations and hopes. Also you will be given more information about counselling and you will have the opportunity to ask questions.
Thereafter, each session of 50 minutes is charged at £40, paid by cash or cheque after each session. However online or telephone counselling is paid prior to each session by bank transfer or cheque.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified counsellor with experience to tailor counselling to your needs.
As a member of the British Association Of Counselling and Psychotherapy I am recognised as a qualified practitioner.
I receive supervision from a qualified supervisor to ensure my work is ethical, safe and effective.
Continued professional development include
- Sleep Disorders
- Safe Guarding
- Therapeutic Risk Taking
- Disenfranchised Grief
- Family Systems
- The Unspeakable-Death and Dying
- The Wisdom of Not Knowing
- Working with Trauma
- Exploring Felt Sense
- Clean Language;deep listening
- Dependency in Counselling
- Buddhist Psychology
- CBT and the Suicidal Client
- Focusing (Mindfulness practice using the body)
- The Origin of Trauma
- Self Harm
- Sexual Abuse
- Eating Disorders
- Emotional Freedom Therapy
- Creative Counselling
- Contact me on 07598475228
Or email me.
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
I can negotiate low cost rates for trainee counsellors, those on benefits or with financial difficulties during this difficult time if I have a free space.
Concessions offered for
I have allocated a number of spaces for low cost counselling.