Susannah Gill MBACP
34 West George Street
I offer counselling and therapy rooted in the principle that healing and positive change happen in relationships that are safe, compassionate, respectful and supportive.
Maybe you're facing relationship problems, a bereavement or a difficult life change. Maybe you struggle with anxiety or depression, or feelings you don't have a name for. Maybe you’ve benefited from short-term or symptom-focused counselling, but want more space to feel heard and explore what’s troubling you.
Regardless of whether your difficulties seem big or small, you need someone on your side. I offer deep listening in a confidential and caring space, and a skilled, honest therapeutic approach that's responsive to your needs and goals.
What is integrative relational counselling?
There are so many counsellors and therapists practicing in so many modalities that it's easy to become overwhelmed when trying to find the right match for you. Research consistently shows, though, that regardless of modality or technique, what's important for a positive outcome is a good, trusting relationship between you and the therapist. Many people struggle to relate to or feel safe with a therapist who adopts a "blank screen" persona; I bring to my clients a commitment to being a real, caring and collaborative human being.
In practice, integrative means that I draw on multiple models and techniques to tailor our work sensitively to you, your personality and your needs. It also means our work will focus on you as a whole person. We’ll bring mindful attention to your body and emotions in the present moment, not just your thoughts. We’ll invite parts of you into the room that might not have had much chance to be heard. We’ll also explore what motivates you, inspires you and brings you meaning and joy.
Relational means that my work is founded on the understanding that as human beings, we need connection with other people. We are born, develop and live in a network of relationships, which can shape and affect everything from how safe we feel in the world, to how we experience the physiological effects of stress, to how we make meaning of what happens to us and handle our current relationships. Our work will most likely consider important relationships and patterns in your life, and how they play out in the present, including in the therapy room.
An inclusive practice
I am a member of the BACP and UKCP and abide by their ethical frameworks. I am LGBTQIA+ affirming and strive for an inclusive practice that welcomes clients of all genders and nationalities. I work respectfully with those of all spiritual and/or religious identities, including those of no religion and those who have suffered spiritual hurt. My counselling rooms offer discreet and gender-neutral facilities.
How to get in touch:
Picking up the phone and calling a stranger to talk about what ails you can be intimidating. I welcome initial contact via email -- a short message with your contact details and the best time and way to reach you is fine. I'll ring or email you back within 24 hours to talk about how we can get the ball rolling.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a Diploma in Integrative Counselling from the Minster Centre in London. I'm also deepening my skills by completing an Advanced Diploma / MA in Counselling & Psychotherapy. My journey through training has involved hundreds of hours of learning, clinical experience, research and personal therapy over more than seven years. I also regularly undertake continuing professional development in specialist areas such as trauma, body awareness and evidence-based therapies to keep my knowledge and skills up-to-date.
Previously, I earned an Honours BA in Literary Studies & Philosophy from the University of Toronto. I've also trained as a storyteller at the International School of Storytelling in East Sussex.
I lived in the US and Canada before coming to the UK in 2005. I bring to my work personal experience of some of the issues that bring us to therapy, an understanding of how much courage it takes to change and a dash of North American optimism that a better life is always possible.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Creativity and creative blocks, life changes and transitions, life purpose, performance anxiety, perfectionism, meaning, codependency, attachment issues, spiritual abuse, narcissistic abuse, migration and displacement, mood dysregulation, money and spending.
My fee is £50 for a 50-minute hour. A good fit between counsellor and client is essential, so to help you evaluate whether I'm the right person for you, I offer an initial consultation at a discounted fee of £25.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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My therapy rooms are on the 6th floor. There is a lift, but the building itself has 13 steps at the entrance so, unfortunately, is not step-free.
I have availability for new clients on Mondays and Wednesdays -- contact me to discuss an appointment.
Types of client