Dr Stacy Gandolfi, Counselling Psychologist, CPsychol (HCPC & BPS Registered)
Life consists of many transitions, whether it is a change in a relationship, moving from school to university, changes in employment, having a child or adapting to a new country or cultural lifestyle. These transitions impact on our identity and make us question who we are. We may feel anxious or uneasy, yearn for our past or struggle to know how to act.
No issue is too big or too small, the issue is how you are feeling and knowing you want to change this.
The therapeutic relationship is key to helping change evolve and I believe that working together we can explore your experiences and work through the difficulties you are facing. Offering empathy, a non judgmental approach and confidentiality my aim is for you to feel able to explore your issues in a safe and containing environment.
As individuals, I understand we all have different needs and requirements. By drawing upon an integrative approach, your therapy is tailored to your needs. This includes drawing upon a variety of different therapeutic approaches to inform my practice. These include psychodynamic, humanistic, mindfulness-based therapy, compassionate focused therapy, cognitive-analytic therapy and cognitive-behavioural therapy.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and accredited by the British Psychological Society. I have experience working therapeutically with individuals as well as facilitating groups.
- Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology
- MSc Psychology
- BSc (Hons) Psychology
- Certificate in Counselling Skills
In addition I have had specialised training in the field of sexual and relational issues (including sexual abuse, trauma and compulsive sexual behaviours), substance abuse and anti-social behaviours.
I currently work as a psychologist in the NHS and have previously worked for private and public organisations and university therapy services. In addition to the issues mentioned above, my experience spans a diverse range of issues including working with family difficulties, feelings of depression and anxiety, anger, eating disorders, difficulties sleeping, academic stresses and pain management. I am also trained to work with those experiencing severe and enduring mental health issues.
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.
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
Areas of counselling I deal with
I operate on a sliding scale, with concessions available for students and those currently unemployed. In addition, I am registered with a number of health insurance providers.
I offer both short term and ongoing individual therapy, which usually takes place once a week.
I aim to see new clients within 2 weeks of initial contact.
I offer either brief interventions or longer-term work. In regards to brief interventions this would normally be a minimum of 6 sessions. In addition, some clients have found an extended initial/assessment session can be useful if time is very limited. This will be for 90 minutes, charged at double the session fee.