Mary Parker MBACP BA (Hons)
I am an experienced counsellor, EMDR practitioner and welfare consultant working in the centre of Gloucester. I specialise in working with clients who have been involved in traumatic events or my have experienced issues in the workplace such as bullying.
My counselling model is integrative predominately CBT, working with the client to find the most appropriate therapeutic intervention.
During the last 18 years I have worked primarily as a counsellor within the Police Service gaining considerable experience in working with trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) this includes trauma support and organisational responses to major incidents.
I will provide a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment in which you can talk openly and confidentially about what might be troubling you. Counselling sessions usually last for one hour and appointments can be made at varying times and days. Counselling usually requires a minimum of six weeks in order to create a therapeutic relationship that makes positive changes.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy can help you to change the way you think, feel and behave. Focusing on what is happening now, breaking the problems down into smaller parts and looking for ways to improve your state of mind.
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing a complex and powerful therapy developed by Dr Francine Shapiro in the 1980 is the treatment recommend by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) in treating PTSD. There has been considerable research into the benefits of EMDR in working with trauma arising from, war related experiences, childhood sexual or physical abuse, natural disasters, assaults, road traffic collisions and workplace accidents.
Working with individuals to manage traumatic stress, deal with intrusive images, improve sleep, reduce anxiety and panic attacks, confront fears and get back to normal activities. Trauma Support is not therapy it is Psycho-Education providing individuals with the awareness of what is happening to your body and what you can do to manage the situation.
Unlike counselling, which can go into depth about various issues, and sometimes dealing with the past. Coaching is more action based focusing on the present and the future. Helping the client to discover and understand who they are, identify what they want and develop strategies to achieve their goals.
Psychological Workplace Support
The Home Office recommends that certain roles require confidential support within the workplace. This is an opportunity for individuals and organisations to consider work/life balance and well-being. Maintaining a healthy workplace and providing an individual and organisational duty of care.
Clinical and counselling supervision is available for counselling students, counsellors and managers this usually takes place on a monthly basis.
Training, qualifications & experience
BA (Hons) Counselling University of Gloucestershire
Counselling Supervision University College Plymouth St Mark & St John
Advanced Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Practice Warwick University
R-TEP Recent Traumatic Episode Protocol
EMDR Level 3
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Certificate in Coaching
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Career counselling
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Recent Traumatic Episodes
Counselling Individual £40
Groups by negotiation
Individual Trauma Support £40
Professional Reports £100
Quotes for other services on request.
I am a member of the BACP and work within their professional code of conduct.
Working within Quayside Well-Being in the centre of Gloucester's Historic Docks the venue is discreet and accessible to parking and public transport.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Weekend and evening appointments can be made available
Supervision & training
Qualified and experienced counseling supervisor.View supervision profile