Rhiannon Duggan (MBACP) Counselling Adolescents, Adults, Couples, Families.
I believe that we all have within us a strength to transform and change our lives by exploring current behaviour, choices that we make and patterns from the past that may shape us. A supportive counselling relationship can help you with this transformation, often leading to a healthier, freer and more energy-filled life.
I am a qualified Integrative counsellor with a background of 30 years working alongside adults and adolescents in a variety of different roles including youth and community work and residential support work. I am also a qualified secondary school teacher.
I have trained in Trauma Counselling, EFT level 1 and 2 and Couple and Family counselling and believe the energy that is blocked by distress and pain can be dramatically shifted when counselling supports healing.
In Counselling I value working face to face with people in order to explore all aspects of who they are and the unique things with which they struggle.These can include:
* spirituality/faith and religious ideas
* gender and sexuality
My Integrative approach means that I bring different techniques to each individual client. These can include talking, visualisation, body scans, relaxation and mindfulness, EFT, breathing and meditation, drawing, art and CBT techniques that focus on how we think and behave.
COUNSELLING YOUNG PEOPLE AND SIBLINGS
Because it can be a new experience to have a child in counselling, for work with under 18 year olds, I provide an initial parental session to discuss how I work and what to expect. The first session is then shared between the parent/young person if appropriate. This is in order to make the process supportive for the whole family as well as the young person themselves.
I work either short or long term and we review the work regularly so that young people are clear about what they are trying to achieve from our sessions. My aim is to provide a supportive, confidential space to help people understand themselves and their choices more clearly.
I offer sessions for parents to look at difficult dynamics with their children whether shown at home or at school. This can include issues of blended families and families that look different to a normalised view of heterosexual partnerships. Anger, aggression, isolation, eating and school refusal are common issues to bring to parental counselling. Parental counselling can often include an individual session with each parent to work with more specific issues.
I offer counselling to couples where we work on issues ranging from conflict and arguments to communication struggles and resentment. This can include difficulties with sexual expression, affairs and couples experiencing different wants and needs in their relationship. This can be very common at transition points such as the birth of children, illness, redundancy and older age. I aim to listen to both people in the room and to attend to each person and the space between them where communication may have become stuck.
I work with families and adult children and parents as well as adult siblings where people would like to improve communication and relationships.
I work from a relaxed and private garden room in Wotton-under-Edge and rooms in Dursley (Wheelchair accessible). I am a registered member of BACP and am fully insured.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training and advanced training:
Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic counselling (Herm College Somerset)
Diploma in Contemporary Trauma practice: mind, body and relationship (10 day training)
Advanced training in Couple and Family relationships (7 day training)
EFT level 1 and 2 (3 day training)
2015/16 Family constellations workshops with Sheila McCarthy (4 x 1 day)
2016 Working with Shame workshop (1 day)
2016 Understanding self harm workshop (1 day)
2016 Understanding legal issues of work with young people workshop (1 day)
2017 Working with Eating Disorders (2 day training)
2019 Working with gender diverse young people (1 day training)
I undertake continuing professional development through online training (BACP counselling MindEd), Workshops (internet, intimacy and sexual dev in adolescents), Conferences (BACP Working with anxiety and Bowlby Centre attachment conferences) and regular child protection training.
I offer counselling in small group work (siblings) and families on issues such as separation and divorce.
My experience of working with young people is both paid and voluntary including:
YWCA Bristol counsellor for young women 16-25 years.
Private counselling practice Bristol and Gloucestershire for individuals/couples/adolescents/families.
High School Counsellor in Worcestershire - 5 years.
Formal Counselling sessions, leader-in-charge in a youth centre, managing a homeless drop-in, running a street youth work project and residential trips. I have also taken young people on International trips and have lived and worked in France, India, New Zealand and Australia.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Behaviour problems
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Eating disorders
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Specific areas of interest I hold are:
Young People and gender/sexuality/relationships/identity
Exam stress: (Blog- https://www.counselling-directory.org.uk/counsellor-articles/exams-and-mental-health)
Isolation and loneliness
Issues of twinship and identity
Nutrition and mental health
Religion, Spirituality and Faith
Chronic illness - especially ME
Clearing emotional distress through energy work.
Photos & videos
I offer a free 15 minute phone consultation to discuss your needs in Counselling.
£50 for a 50 minute individual session (£55 if in Dursley).
£65 if providing individual counselling through a workplace referral/local authority (£70 if in Dursley).
£60 for 60 minutes parenting issues with couples, sibling work or family sessions (£65 in Dursley/£70 if workplace or local authority referral).
£65 for 60 minute relationship work with couples.
£70 if workplace referral/local authority.
I work during the day and the evening and have a small number of concessionary places for those on benefits-please enquire.
Please call, text or email for further details.
(Please note that there is currently no toilet available at the Wotton room, although the house can be accessed in an emergency). Wotton is not wheelchair accessible.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Wheelchair accessibility in Dursley. Currently no toilet is available at the Wotton room.
Day and evening appointments available
Types of client