Madeleine Gair UKCP Registered Psychotherapist
Hello, I'm Madeleine and I am an integrative Psychotherapist and Counsellor who offers the time and space for those experiencing emotional distress to explore their current difficulties, or longer term issues, in a safe, contained environment and in complete confidence.
I draw on a number of humanistic models (TA, Gestalt, Attachment Theory, CBT) and believe that the therapeutic relationship is at the heart of the work. By experiencing an empathic, non-judgmental and mutually respectful relationship clients can feel seen and heard in a way that can often be missing in their other relationships. As they begin to share their internal process, and hear it reflected back, they can get to know and understand themselves better and this enables them to make any changes they then identify. Having this one to one connection with another is becoming increasingly difficult in the modern way of life but truly has the potential to be a transforming experience, allowing clients to discover, or reclaim, their autonomy and make choices that will lead to greater personal fulfillment.
I use creative methods when people find it hard to put their thoughts or feelings into words but am always guided by the client about how they want to work.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Psychotherapy (UKCP and BACP accredited training, 4 years)
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (UKCP and BACP accredited training, 3 years)
Accredited member UKCP
Member of Northern Guild for Psychotherapy and Counselling (NGP)
I work within the codes of ethics of UKCP and my training organisation, have a CRB check and professional insurance.
I am committed to, and welcome, my Continuing Professional Development and opportunities to pursue my areas of particular interest within the profession.
I work with clients with a range of presenting issues.
I am committed to the well-being of my clients.
My decision to train was a career change that followed a major re-evaluation of my own life. I wanted to pursue my deep interest in talking therapy and my utter conviction in the benefits of a one to one relationship that can provide a corrective emotional experience.
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
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UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Initial session is for mutual assessment and is free.
£40 for subsequent sessions. All sessions last 50 minutes and the number of sessions is agreed together in advance and can be extended, if required, by mutual agreement.
As a person I am calm, sensitive and reflective. Together with my clients I aim to create a therapeutic relationship based on mutual warmth and respect in which we can explore together the issues they bring. This can lead to changes that may be identified as helpful or, simply, to a greater understanding and acceptance of self.
The Covid situation has meant that unfortunately I can no longer offer face to face sessions in the GP surgery where I once had my Private Practice. Despite some initial misgivings about online sessions, and what it might mean for the therapeutic relationship, I have embraced that way of working and found it to have real value. I use Zoom to connect with clients and find that, despite the computer screen, it is a real and valuable face-to-face connection that can often seem less daunting for clients entering therapy than meeting in person. If you are considering online sessions, it is important to create a safe and confidential space for yourself where you will not be interrupted or disturbed.