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.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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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

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Therapies offered


Additional information

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



Type of session

In person

Types of client


Additional languages



In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

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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Ian Gowland

Ian Gowland