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Gwen Ellis BA DipCounselling MBACP

Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57
07709 521029 07709 521029

About me

Counselling offers a way to discuss issues that are worrying you, with someone who has been trained how to listen and who can help you come to terms with what is happening. And counselling helps you find ways to cope and to change. Counselling offers a safe place in which to have the difficult conversations

I am a counsellor of over 15 years experience, mainly with Relate. I am qualified to work with individuals, couples and families. And I know that counselling is a positive experience for many.


Mae cwnsela yn cynnig lle i drafod yr hyn sydd yn eich poeni efo rhywun sydd wedi ei hyfforddi i wrando, rhywun fydd yn medru’ch helpu i ddod i delerau efo be sy’n digwydd. Mi all cwnsela gynnig ffyrdd i ymdopi a newid. Mae cwnsela yn cynnig lle diogel i gynnal sgyrsiau anodd.

Rwyf wedi cwnsela am dros 15 mlynedd, yn bennaf efo Relate. Gallaf gynnig cwnsela i unigolion, cyplau a theuluoedd. Mi wn o brofiad fod cwnsela yn gweithio.

Counselling with individuals. We all have a relationship with ourselves and sometimes this may not be a positive one. We forget to be kind to ourselves, there may be a family history of us being encouraged to play out certain rôles that we are clinging to unnecessarily. We may be finding it difficult relating to others personally or professionally.

Counselling with couples. Keeping a relationship going takes a great deal of hard work. Many of us feel that the fun has gone. We may feel the relationship has changed since the children arrived. Sometimes we need to explore whether we want to stay with our partners. I work with clients of all sexualities.

Counselling with families. Maybe we aren’t getting on with our teenage children. Maybe we are adults who are finding it difficult getting on with our siblings or our elderly parents. Maybe we are dealing with huge changes and losses in the family.

I have experience of working positively in such instances. I encourage you to find your voice, to really listen to what the other people in your life are saying and to have conversations that are beneficial to you. I am ethically bound to be non judgmental and our conversations are confidential.

I have been trained in systemic and psychodynamic therapy and would consider myself an integrative and creative counsellor, tailoring the way I work to the needs of my client.

I am a fluent Welsh speaker and offer sessions in Welsh and English, sometimes using both languages with clients.

I often participate in programmes on S4C and Radio Cymru as a counsellor.

Getting in touch. Phone or email to arrange a free 15 minute chat on the phone to explore whether you'd want to continue counselling with me.

Training, qualifications & experience

Relate Certificate in Couple Counselling

Relate Diploma in Family Counselling

Relate Certificate in Telephone Counselling

Relate Certificate in Online Counselling

I worked for Relate continuously for the past 15 years as relationship and family counsellor in Bangor, Llandudno, Llanrwst, Colwyn Bay before deciding to continue my career as a private practitioner.

I have had experience working on Relate's LiveChat

I have experience in counselling in English and Welsh.

Member organisations


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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Therapies offered

  • Couples counselling
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Integrative
  • Psychodynamic therapy


£50.00 per hour session. This is for individual, couple or family counselling.

Free 15 minute phone call before deciding whether to engage in counselling with me.


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages Welsh, French (fairly fluent)


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access


Flexible in the Bangor area, usually working in Abbey Rd Centre

Types of client

Young people
Older adults


Gwen Ellis BA DipCounselling MBACP

Gwen Ellis BA DipCounselling MBACP