Patience Gwara. Counsellor/Psychotherapist. BA (Hons 1st). MBACP Reg.
Having Counselling with a qualified practitioner will provide you with a therapeutic relationship – in which you can explore your worries and help you find a balance to your everyday life. I believe that finding a therapist who is the right fit for you is of the utmost importance when it comes to therapy. I work collaboratively with individual clients across the lifespan ranging from late adolescence to older adults. Additionally, I believe we are all a tapestry of our history and experiences, so I think it is important to understand you holistically as an individual.
Depending on your therapeutic needs we can assess and discuss which mode of therapy would be best suited for you. I specialise in relational issues, as well as depression, anxiety, divorce separation, addiction, social anxiety, loss, sexual abuse, domestic violence, identity issues, more severe mental health challenges, and addressing trauma histories. I utilize Cognitive behavioural, Psychodynamic, Transactional analysis, Self-psychology, Gestalt and Person-centered therapy as well as other modes of therapy, such as Integration.
What I Offer
I can offer you a safe space in which to explore your situation- feelings and emotions empathically. As we work together you might begin to find clarity, understand yourself and how you function in the world. My job is not to tell you what to do – but to help you raise your self-awareness for the better of your well-being and all that you care about. I can also help individuals to look at how they interact and act, based upon their behaviour patterns learnt from childhood. This helps release old feelings and expresses emotions in the present. Once self-awareness evolves, individuals then have the choice of changing the way they relate to the outside world.
I also offer Counselling to Nhs professionals, who might be struggling with anxiety, PTSD and depression due to the demands of caring for the wider public:
- Human resource workers
- Admin etc....
Sessions available Monday to Friday 8am-9pm. Weekend appointments possible please email to enquire.
Sessions available to those clients who are unable to leave their home due to disability, agoraphobia, dementia or other exceptional reasons. Fees for home visits are £60 per 60 minute sessions within 10 mile radius of Ipswich. Please email or text for further information on 07544 249922
COUNSELING Q & A
What is professional counselling?
Counselling is a collaborative effort between the counsellor and client. Professional counsellors help clients identify goals and potential solutions to problems which cause emotional turmoil; seek to improve communication and coping skills; strengthen self-esteem; promote behaviour change and optimise your mental health.
How long does counselling take?
Ideally, counselling is terminated when the problem that you pursued counselling for becomes more manageable or is resolved.
I can work with you on a long term or short-term basis depending on your individual needs. Therapy can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhance coping for depression, anxiety, relationship struggles, unresolved childhood issues, and even spiritual conflicts.
Our first meeting will last 1 hour 20 minutes, for which you will pay £45 for the hour and 20 minutes is free . You may ask me any questions that you may need clarifying. Once we agree to work together, we will meet weekly or fortnightly at an agreed time for an hour per session.
In the initial meeting I will invite you to identify what you feel is important for me to know about you. This includes the difficulties you might be experiencing and what has led you to seek counselling at this stage. By doing this, we can begin to try and understand what you hope to achieve or gain from counselling.
Individual counselling is a personal opportunity to receive support and experience growth during challenging times in life. Individual counselling can help one deal with many personal topics in life such as anger, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, marriage and relationship challenges, parenting problems, school difficulties, career changes, social anxiety etc.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Bachelor Hons Degree Integrative Counselling (1st Class)- University of Suffolk
- Foundation Degree of Arts in Integrative Counselling - University of Suffolk
- Certificate in Counselling Skills
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Death of a child
- Adult child - parent issues
- Identity issues after prison sentence
- Race issues
- Going back to work
- Social anxiety
- Loneliness / Isolation
- Life transitions such as; Retirement, Divorce, Empty nest, adulthood, Illness, Becoming a parent, Body change, Ageing, loss of a loved one etc,,,,
Counselling sessions are charged at £45.00 per 60 minutes for individuals in my private practice unless otherwise negotiated. This is payable on, or before, the day of the session by cash or bank transfer.
Sessions are available daytime and evenings - Monday to Friday 8am - 9pm
Weekend appointments maybe possible , please ask/ email or text me.
Home visits (Currently not possible due to the pandemic)
Sessions available to those clients who are unable to leave their home due to disability, agoraphobia, dementia, transport issues or other reasons. Fees for home visits are £60 per 60 minute sessions within 10 mile radius of Ipswich. Please email or text for further information on - 07544 249922.
Cottage Garden Counselling is set in a 'private' garden surrounded by trees and nature. You may park your car on the drive way. If you are coming by bus 'Ipswich bus route No. 16 will drop you off two minutes walk to my address.
Please try to arrive on time as I do not have a waiting room.
I look forward to welcoming you soon....
Throughout life, we all encounter challenges or have a desire to understand ourselves better. My hope is whether you chose to work with me or someone else, you will continue to focus on you to find the best fit for your therapy needs.
Please email or text for further information on - 07544 249922.