Margaret Gibbard (MBACP)
Whether you have been effected by major life events or by the build up of day-to-day pressures and stresses which life can throw at you, counselling can help.
I am a fully qualified, insured and experienced counsellor who works in the North Bristol/South Gloucestershire area. I currently have counselling rooms in Bradley Stoke.
I work relationally and provide clients with a safe, confidential and supportive environment where they can feel comfortable talking about the issues affecting them most, with an aim of finding a way forward.
I use a combination of skills derived from humanistic and integrative approaches to counselling, which include Person-Centred, Psychodynamic, Gestalt and Transactional Analysis. I am also a qualified Internal Family Systems therapist.
These skills give me the tools to help support my clients to work through their issues. I feel it is important that you, as the client, are in control and set the pace of the work we do together.
It can be difficult to talk about issues that are very painful and at these times I offer clients the opportunity to work with writing, art and other materials in order to help them express these difficult emotions.
I am able to offer short-term, long-term and open-ended counselling. I have experience working with both adults and young people.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in Professional Studies in Counselling, The University of the West of England (Level 6 qualification and BACP accredited)
- Certificate in Counselling Skills, The University of the West of England (BACP accredited)
- Level 1 Certificate in Internal Family Systems therapy
- Awareness in Bereavement Care (intensive 3 month course) run by Cruse Bereavement
- Continual Professional Development
I have worked for The Samaritans, offering support to people in despair, dealing with a variety of issues including low mood, depression, loss and suicide.
I have also worked with young people (14-19) as a counsellor in a High School, supporting them through challenges such as peer pressures, anger, anxiety, depression, abuse, suicidal thoughts, bereavement, eating disorders and relationship and family difficulties.
As well as my private practice, I also work as a bereavement counsellor for Cruse Bereavement.
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
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
The first 50 minute consultation is discounted and without obligation. This gives you a chance to ask any questions you may have and to see if counselling would benefit you.
All other sessions are charged at £42 per 50 minute session.
Some reduced rate appointments are available for low-income clients/Students. Please contact me for further details.
Some Client Comments:
"...so hard to put into words how truly grateful I am for what you have helped me achieve over the past months...."
"Thank you for guiding, helping and holding me through this process"
"...I honestly don't know how I would have managed without your help."