Rhea Giffard PGDipSup, PGDipCBT, MBACP Accred, BSc (Hons) Psychology Degree
I am a qualified and accredited CBT counsellor, working with couples, adults, young people and children. Many counsellors say that they practice CBT, but very few are actually qualified to.
As well as working from home as a counsellor, I really enjoy helping people through their problems and I feel privileged to be a part of the journey people go through in counselling.
What is CBT?
CBT stands for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. This is the type of counselling offered via GP's on the NHS, because clients can feel better quite quickly (on average 6 sessions) and it is therefore cost effective. Studies show that CBT is as effective, if not more effective, than taking medication alone.
In counselling, we will look at what problems you are having in the here and now, where they have come from and how to tackle the problems they are causing so that your future can be happier. We look at your thoughts and behaviour and how they are affecting your feelings. We will set goals for counselling, looking at what you hope to achieve and together find a way to achieve them in a confidential environment. It is a collaborative relationship, where together we can explore what is affecting you and find a way to work through the problems.
My aim is to make your counselling experience a positive one, creating a safe place where you can explore any difficulties you are having in your life in a confidential, non-judgemental environment.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified and experienced counsellor. I am qualified as a Cognitive Behavioural Counsellor to Level 7 (Masters Level). I am person-centred, using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. I am experienced in counselling children, young people, adults and couples.
Through out my career as a counsellor, I have worked in various agencies and organisations, working with clients of all age groups, cultures and backgrounds. I have experience in working with clients through many different issues, including anger management, depression (including manic depressive and biploar disorder), anxiety/stress (including generalised anxiety disorder), relationship difficulties/issues, abuse, self-esteem, eating disorders, addictions, abuse, bereavement, thoughts of suicide, trauma and health issues. I also have experience in couples counselling.
I am accredited with the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) and I work within their code of ethics and their framework. Being accredited means that I have achieved a substantial level of training and have over 2000 hours of counselling clients. I am currently applying for Senior accreditation status.
To maintain a high standard of care for my clients I have monthly supervision from an accredited counsellor. I am also a qualified and experienced clinical supervisor, working with trainee counsellors and qualified counsellors.
Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, University of Wales, Newport (Level 7, BACP Accredited course)
Post Graduate Certificate in Counselling Skills, University of Wales, Newport (Level 5, BACP Accredited course)
Post Graduate Diploma in Consultative Supervision, University of Wales, Newport
Degree in Psychology (Hons)
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
£40 per session
Concessions available for students and low income clients
I work from home and I have a dedicated, downstairs counselling room for clients. I also counsel clients via Skype and FaceTime, for those clients who are unable to attend in person.
There is a bus stop opposite my house. Easy access from M4.
There is a large driveway that clients can use.
I am available at short notice and I am available day time and evenings.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am available week days, 9am-9pm. I can be available at short notice.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I really enjoy working with trainee counsellors and qualified counsellors.