Gosia Millward Couple, Individual Counsellor
I am a BACP registered full Psychotherapeutic Counsellor in private practice, working with individuals (adults and young adults) and couples. My practice is located on Shoreditch High Street, E1 6PJ, next to the new Principal Tower. I have been working as a Counsellor for 5+ years. The surrounding areas close to my two practices are Bishopsgate, Moorgate, Old Street, Bethnal Green, and the City of London and East London. I am also not far from Hackney, Islington, Bank, Aldgate, Fenchurch Sreet, Spitalfields, Tower Bridge, Whitechapel, and London Bridge
My approach to therapy is integrative and relational. By 'integrative' I mean that I draw on a range of psychological, psychotherapeutic, psychosocial theories and research to aid our shared understanding of the issues you may bring to therapy. I believe that this approach is most effective in meeting the uniqueness of each client I see - one type of therapy does not fit everyone. I work collaboratively, combining many therapeutic perspectives with what you know and can tell me about yourself, your experiences and your history, to uncover the roots of your problems. By 'relational' I mean that I will pay close attention to the therapeutic relationship itself, encouraging you to share your honest experiences and feelings about the relationship as it develops. I believe that the emotional quality of the therapeutic relationship matters most in bringing about a resolution or healing, rather than specific techniques. Maintaining a strong therapeutic alliance between us will be central.
How I can help
I realise that the prospect of counselling - talking about your troubles, current and past relationships - can be daunting. To assist I try to provide a warm and welcoming environment where you can feel comfortable and safe. I listen carefully and without judgement, helping you to uncover meanings, patterns and the choices you have. Whilst I do not offer easy solutions, I do support you to think more compassionately and clearly about yourself so that you have a stronger sense of who you are, both internally and in terms of your relationships to others and the wider world. I also strive to be transparent and open about the therapy process, maintaining a focus on your questions, thoughts and feelings about the goals and direction of our work together.
If you haven't been in psychotherapy before, it may be hard to see how simply talking can bring about change. However, when you allow yourself the time and space to be truly heard, you may find that coming to understand and value yourself, through in-depth conversation with another, can be profoundly liberating.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a UKCP and BACP registered full Psychotherapeutic Counsellor. I am also currently in the final stages of an MSc in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy, accredited by UKCP. I have many years of clinical experience working as a counsellor with a diverse range of clients within the NHS, mental health charities, the voluntary sector, educational settings and private practice. My wide-ranging training in psychotherapy, counselling, philosophy - communication gender and social studies, education and human development, enables me to adopt a flexible approach to my work with clients and to respond to the distinct personal situation of each individual, within their particular social environment. I adhere to the ethical codes of practice of UKCP and BACP.
• Final year of MSc Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy (Metanoia Institute, London)
• Diploma Transactional Analysis Counselling (Metanoia Institute, London)
• BA (Hons) Pedagogy (Wroclaw University)
• MA Pedagogy (Wroclaw University)
• MSc Philosophy-Social Communication (Wroclaw University)
• Bereavement Training (ST Joseph Hospice)
• Safe-Guarding Adults and Children at Risk (Riverside)
• Qualified Teacher status (London)
• ASD, ADD, Makaton language, SEN Inclusion (London)
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
As a counsellor I am committed to the anti-oppressive practice and pay close attention to the balance of power in the therapy relationship, valuing my clients' expertise on their own experiences. I offer a safe, non-judgemental space within my practice for clients whose difficulties are impacted or exacerbated by experiences of being marginalised or discriminated against, within their wider environments or cultures. I welcome clients with a broad range of gender and sexual identities (LGBTQI), religious, racialised and cultural identities, providing a therapeutic space that is both sensitive and responsive to issues arising from identity conflict (within sexual, age, ability, professional, political, racial, national, religious and cultural groupings).
In some circumstances I am able to offer a reduced rate of *£45 per session, e.g. students of psychotherapy, TA students - please ask me about this,
Concessions offered for
Initial consultations typically last longer (between 60-90 mins) and I charge on a pro-rata basis. We may have more than one consultation session to give us a chance to get to know each other and for you to decide if you want to make the commitment to start therapy with me.
Consultations are by appointment only and can be made by contacting me by email or phone number. I offer free 20 minute consultation over the phone.
Accepted Insurance Plans