Dr Patricia Gray
I am a Psychodynamic Counsellor with many years of experience working with adults, both NHS and private clients in a BACP accredited counselling service, and young people in a further education setting.
Individuals may seek counselling for many different reasons, such as feeling low, depressed or anxious. Perhaps a difficulty coping, relationship issues, or having experienced a loss or illness. Sometimes there is a precipitating event in life or there may be a sense of feeling lost, empty or lonely and not knowing why. The reasons for seeking counselling may be long standing or may have occurred more recently.
Whatever our reasons for seeking counselling the opportunity to talk may help make sense of current difficulties. Perhaps there are issues from the past affecting how we feel and function in the present. There may be experiences that could have felt too challenging at the time, resulting in the feelings related to these experiences becoming locked away. By exploring these emotions and having time and space to reflect it can be possible to come to accept ourselves and learn from our experiences.
Counselling is about understanding and learning from the past rather than living in it. If we can understand how our past may affect our present feelings or behaviours it can then be possible to make changes to the way we lead our lives and relate to others in the present time. The professional counselling relationship offers a confidential, non-judgemental and supportive space in which to develop this self-awareness and understanding.
Following a career working as a doctor in General Practice and Palliative Care I have subsequently trained as a Counsellor and have a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling from the University of Reading.
My interest in counselling developed throughout my career whilst working with patients and their families at different stages of their lives. I developed an interest in the emotional world and the struggles that effect us all to a greater or lesser extent at different times in our lives. I bring this experience to my current work with clients in counselling.
I keep up to date with regular supervision and continuing professional development and as a registered member of the BACP I abide by the BACP ethical framework.
I maintain a non-practicing medical registration with the General Medical Council.
Training, qualifications & experience
MB BS University College London 1986
Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy from Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre 2005
Postgraduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling University of Reading 2010
Certificate in Couples Counselling Berkshire Counselling Centre 2012
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
£45 for weekly sessions lasting 50 minutes.
The initial consultation (also £45) is an assessment and lasts one hour; during which we can discuss what brings you to counselling, what you hope to get out of counselling, what is involved and whether it feels right for you.
Counselling may be open-ended, where no time limit is set on the number of sessions or it may be short-term and time limited, where we agree on a number of sessions at the start.
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