Is there something in life that you are struggling with? Are your usual coping strategies no longer working? Do you feel stuck in grief? Unable to move on following a loss? Are you facing or considering significant life changes?
Do you want to talk to someone who can listen without judgement, help you gain clarity, make progress and develop confidence?
Hello, I’m Simon McGibbney and I offer warm, supportive, and confidential online counselling to individuals across the UK.
I have worked with clients on a range of issues including:
- Anxiety, negative thinking, worry and stress
- Depression, low mood and lack of motivation
- Life changes brought on by health, relationships and economic factors
- Feelings of being lost in the world, lacking direction or meaning, and low self-confidence
- Exploring repeating patterns: things in life that keep happening in relationships and other contexts, that clients would like to change
In addition to the above, I have specific interest or experience in a number of areas;
Supporting clients through significant changes in life
Whether it be changes in relationships, employment/education, health or indeed anything that you’d like to work on, I will support you.
Working with members of the LGBTQ+ community
From personal experience I understand that it can be difficult to open up and bring your full self to counselling when you don’t know the values and beliefs of your counsellor. I offer an affirmative and accepting space for LGBTQ+ clients to work through any issues, whether related to their LGBTQ+ identity or not.
Relational trauma and family issues
Families aren’t perfect; sometimes our early relationships with others can continue to impact our lives into adulthood. If our childhood did not feel safe, if we felt our needs were not met, or when we felt an unfair burden to care for others, we may experience distress or relational trauma. The nature of our relationship with parents, caregivers and immediate family can have a lasting impact on us and can involve a complicated mixture of feelings and emotions. If you identify with these issues, safely exploring your experiences can be helpful in gaining clarity, helping you to identify and change repetitive patterns in your life, building self-compassion and healing from trauma.
I worked as a counsellor with the leading bereavement charity in the UK where I undertook regular training and supervision. This work, and the clients I had the honour to support, taught me that our response to bereavement and loss is as unique as we are. If you feel stuck, overwhelmed by emotions or want a safe space to talk, please get in touch.
Respect for my clients uniqueness and individuality is at the heart of my practice. I view my clients as whole people, doing their best in an imperfect world, and not as ‘labels’. Regardless of background, heritage, sexuality or identity I welcome you to contact me. Everyone deserves to be treated fairly and equally and I provide that safe space to work together.
The First Session
First sessions are different for everyone and I know from experience that it can be very difficult to sit down in front of a stranger and speak about personal issues. My goal in our first and early sessions is to create a warm and safe space for you to begin talking about what is troubling you. This means that you will be doing most of the talking with me listening very carefully and asking questions to get really clear on what is happening for you.
At the end of the session I will usually summarise what I have understood. We might also discuss what our aims for the counselling might be. It could be very specific or quite vague at this stage, but don’t worry as we will regularly review our work together to ensure we are on the same page.
There’s a well known quote which I often come back to and sometimes share with my clients. “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” To me it means that if we want change, we must act. If you’re ready, get in touch and do something different today.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- Certificate in Counselling Skills
- Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling
- BA(hons) Sociology and Cultural Studies
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.