Rhea Giffard

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PGDipSup,PGDipCBT, Senior MBACP Accred, BSc Hon Psych Degree
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Swansea, Abertawe, SA6
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

I am a qualified (with the BACP) and senior accredited CBT counsellor, working with couples, adults and young people. Many counsellors say that they practice CBT, but very few are actually qualified to. I have over 20 years of counselling experience and am also a qualified (Level 7/Masters Level) supervisor of counsellors.

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.

(Level 7 = Masters, Level 6 = Degree, Level 5 = Foundation Degree)

(Accreditation = over 450 post-graduating counselling hours. Senior Accredited is the highest form of accreditation). 

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 young people, adults and couples. I have over 20 years counselling experience.

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 senior 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 10,000 hours of counselling hours.

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 (Level 7)

Degree in Psychology (Hons)

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


£40.00 - £50.00

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Health Assured

Additional information

Concessions available for students and low income clients

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I am available week days, 9am-9pm. I can be available at short notice.

Further information


I work from home and I have a dedicated, downstairs counselling room for clients. I also counsel clients via Skype and Zoom, 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.

Morriston, Swansea, Abertawe, SA6

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Children (0-12)
Young people (13-17)
Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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Wheelchair user access
Wheelchair user access

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Downstairs counselling room and toilet

Online platforms



In person

I have 13 years experience as a Level 7 qualified supervisor. I work with trainees and qualified counsellors.

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Rhea Giffard
Rhea Giffard