Ian Gowland Counsellor and Supervisor, MBACP Snr Accred

Ian Gowland Counsellor and Supervisor, MBACP Snr Accred




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About me

I have over ten years experience of counselling mainly working with sexual abuse, drugs/alcohol and LGBT issues. I work creatively with expressive arts approaches (art, drama, music, sandtray miniatures and movement), utilising my experiences in the theatre and my interest in art. I have experience of working with special education needs. I have a very comfortable, quiet consulting room located just 5 minutes walk from the centre of Reading.

Within the Person-centred ‘family’, I sit within the Person-centred Integrative modality. This means that I believe in the necessity of the core conditions, but that for me, this needs to be supported by ‘Creative Stimulation’ in the form of the creative and expressive therapies. I have a background in theatre and art, and so these approaches are very congruent with my way of being.

I also believe that verbal therapies may not always be sufficient. Research has shown that trauma is often stored in the right hemisphere and is often more difficult to make sense of by traditional talking therapies. Expressive arts therapies enables the client to access out-of-awareness material and bring it into their conscious awareness. I invite clients to experiment with drawing, movement, sound, enactment and projective methods to facilitate their understanding.

I offer a calm, reflective space where you are the focus of our sessions. My aim is to understand what it is like to be in your shoes, in a non-judgemental, empowering way.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Certificate in Counselling Theory, AQA, 2001;
    Certificate in Counselling Skills, AQA, 2002;
    Advanced Diploma Humanistic Counselling, Guildford College, 2005;
    Certificate in Person-Centred Expressive Arts Therapy, 2008;
  • Certificate in Creative Supervision, Jenny Biancardi Consultancy, 2012;
    Postgrad Diploma in Psychological Therapies, Leeds Met University, 2012;
  • Certificate in Person-centred Art Therapy, PCATA, 2018.

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Therapies offered


£40 per hour (some lost-cost places available). First session is free.

Maps & Directions

Newbury, RG14
Reading, RG1

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified

Types of client


Supervision & training

The way I work as a supervisor is to aim to build a trusting relationship where the supervisee can feel free to bring whatever they would like to about their work with clients.

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