Guitty Bonner BSc PGCE DTC MBACP
I am a fully qualified, experienced Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counsellor, with UKCP and BACP accredited training and registered member of BACP, offering a safe, non-judgemental and confidential service.
I work with adults and older teenagers and offer individual and couples counselling. I also offer short, medium and long term work depending on what is sought and needed. Guidance is offered when making this decision.
Individuals' counselling: I work with a range of problems including depression, anxiety in its various presentations, relationship tensions, separation, family struggles, divorce, bereavement, OCD, stress-related issues, abuse, trauma and panic attacks/flash backs. Sometimes we don't know what is the basis of our difficulties until we start exploring them in a safe and confidential manner.
Couples counselling: Patterns of relating as individuals and their underlying origins are explored alongside helping the couple to resolve their differences. Practical guidance is offered. The couple gain new knowledge about themselves leading to improvement in all of their relationships.
The first session is an important one in that you decide whether you have found the right kind of counsellor to work with and I decide whether I am in a position to help you.
I draw upon a range of psychological models as no one method suits everyone. Transactional Analysis and Attachment Theory form the core but I employ concepts and skills from other well established therapies - Person centred, Gestalt, Cognitive Behavioural.
With couples I employ a modified therapeutic approach to suit the different kind of work that is needed, providing opportunities for new skills and learning to develop. Valuable space and time is given to speak and truly hear in a structured manner.
Every human being has a unique spirit, which if allowed expression, can be a huge source of resilience and comfort. My aim is to assist and accompany you on digging into that resilience and finding your own solutions and thereby a way forward.
I am bound by the BACP's updated and rigorous Ethical Framework for Good Practice 2018.
For more details about my person and approach to work please refer to my website:
Where I see clients
1. Saville Medical Group (7 Saville Place, entrance on College Street).
This is in the heart of Newcastle only 10 minute walk from either Haymarket or Monument Metro stations.
2. Great Whittington village, Northumberland.
Sessions are held in a professionally-dedicated space with its own entrance at my house. Great Whittington is a tranquil and beautiful village in Northumberland, close to Matfen, Corbridge, Bellingham, Chollerford, Hexham, Slaley, Stocksfield, Ponteland, Prudhoe and their environs. Newcastle is easily linked to this village through the dual carriageway of the A69. Just the driving to this location and back is therapeutic as it allows for contemplation and taking in natural beauty. Car parking is available and free. Furthermore, this location offers discretion.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am trained in Humanistic Integrative Psychotherapeutic counselling with the following overall qualifications:
- BSc (Hons 2:1) Human Biology awarded by University of Surrey 1976
- PGCE senior school science awarded by Gypsy Hill College, (now known as Roehampton University), Kingston upon Thames, Surrey 1977
- Stage 1 CIPD Human Resource Management 1995
- DTC with Distinction (Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling - BACP and UKCP accredited) awarded by the Northern Guild for Psychotherapy and Counselling, Newcastle upon Tyne 2010
- Member of BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) since 2009 and listed on their new Register.
- Certificate in Couples Work awarded by Northern Guild for Psychotherapy and Counselling, Newcastle upon Tyne 2015
I trained at the notable Northern Guild for Psychotherapy and Counselling (established over 30 years ago), trained and worked within a NHS GP Surgery for 3 years (receiving a wide range of referrals with good outcomes) before starting in private practice in 2011. I also have voluntary and charity work experience.
I came to counselling in later life building on my personal qualities, knowledge and skills acquired through previous employment and training (in education, medical research and hospital administration) and the rich tapestry of life in general including family and community life. I believe in the important contribution this profession makes in assisting people get back on track often after unnecessary prolonged periods of struggling and despair.
I am married with three grown up children and two grandchildren so I am familiar with a lot of life's lessons.
I enjoy keeping my knowledge up to date through continual professional development and formally review my practice and professionalism with regular visits to an impartial experienced registered practitioner. These are mandatory for members of BACP.
I am dedicated to the wellbeing of my clients.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Clients who feel they do not fall into any of the above 'categories' but nevertheless have a need to talk are welcome to contact me.
Sessions are normally a full 60 minutes for both individual and couples but I offer 90 minutes sessions for couples as an option - this allows for less frquent visits to accommodate young children as well as being better value for the couple.
£48 per 60 minute session
£58 per 60 minute session or £75 per 90 minutes.
I am happy to offer a reduced rate for clients on low incomes.
Please do not hesitate to call me if you wish to discuss anything. There is no obligation to make an appointment if you just want a very brief chat to assess my service. You can either call me on 07867 943883, email me at email@example.com for further information or visit my website: www.gbonnercounselling.co.uk
Remember, no problem is ever too 'small' to receive help with.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Normally only Tuesdays and Wednesdays, limited evening session available
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|