M. Gort (Bo)
Really looking at your life and the situation you are in, takes courage. Perhaps life feels almost unbearable right now and you are at a loss as to how to move forward. Coming to counselling can be a big step, but I am here to accompany you, to offer you my wholehearted support in finding a way through what is difficult in your life at the moment.
Therapy can help you to transform your suffering into an opportunity for personal growth and life expansion. Having someone who listens deeply to you, someone who doesn't judge but accepts you unconditionally, can help you gain clarity and a new perspective on your situation. Through the therapeutic process you will find a new level of understanding and compassion for yourself and the factors that are at play in your life. Having said that, counselling can be very challenging at times, but together we can find a way to make changes that will lead you toward a meaningful and fulfilling life.
How I work
I draw from a variety of different modalities to form an integrated approach that can be adapted to your needs and preference. So that might involve an in-depth exploration of your past, or something that is more action oriented and behavioural. Or perhaps both at different points in the counselling process. My aim is to work collaboratively with you to help you (re)discover your own inner compass. Therapy can be short term or longer term. Sessions can also be conducted via Skype. Most importantly however I aim to offer you unconditional support and give you permission to be fully yourself, in all your breadth and depth.
Issues I work with include: depression, anxiety, panic attacks, bereavement, relationship issues, trauma, addiction and anything else that you may be struggling with.
Please feel free to email me with any questions you may have or give me a call for an informal chat where we can look at how counselling might work for you.
Me and my partner Owen also offer a range of other services aimed at supporting your mental and physical health. These include retreats, workshops and weekly classes. Please contact me for more information, or have a look at our website.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a Postgraduate diploma in Other Centred counselling from the Tariki Institute, as well as a certificate in Counselling Psychology.
Other therapeutic trainings I have completed include: Mindfulness approaches and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy). Working with sexual trauma and rape.
Other elements of my background that influence the way I work:
I hold a Masters degree in Cultural Anthropology and Sociology as well as a certificate in philosophy and religious studies.
I have a longstanding and ongoing yoga and meditation practice- so working with mindfulness, breathing techniques and body awareness are an important element of my work.
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
My fee is £35 per hour (£40 in Inverness) and I have a number of concessionary places available for those on a low income.
I hold full professional liability insurance.
I regularly attend both 1:1 and group supervision (as is required by my professional body the BACP) so you can be reassured that I am receiving support in order to fully support you.
I am a Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, MBACP, and abide by its code of ethics.