Tammy Gibson BSc (Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy. BACP registered.
Living a very public or private life, being overwhelmed by a weight of expectations, responsibilities and competing pressures from multiple sources can wreak havoc on our mental and physical health. The impact on our business, work, education, family and friends can be devastating as our responses to stress and pressure can leave us feeling vulnerable isolated and alone. Walls we put up to enable us to cope and survive the difficulties can turn into prisons.
If you want to gain further insight in to the person you are and the relationships you have with others, explore how the past may be informing your thoughts feelings and behaviours in the present , I will provide you with a safe and confidential place to explore your difficulties in a welcoming, supportive and non-judgemental environment.
Counselling & psychotherapy are tools to help you deal with issues, challenges, behaviours and ways of being, that cause you distress and conflict, which prevent or restrict you from moving towards the life you want or the person you are or want to be.
At some point in our lives it is likely we will experience situations, where our thoughts, feelings and behaviours are difficult to make sense of. We may feel ashamed, unstable and abandoned, anxious and depressed, lost, alone and confused, stressed, raging, angry, frustrated, fearful, vulnerable and terrified.
Not knowing what to do or how to respond to such emotions and situations often makes us feel powerless, helpless and stuck.
If we cant make sense of something, how can we possibly understand it? If we are struggling to understand our sense of purpose and meaning, how can we identify what we want or need and enable ourselves to move forward?
I see the therapeutic relationship as a reparative one where healing can occur.
What I Offer
My approach to therapy is to offer you my full presence in a very mutual, transparent and real way, providing a safe welcoming space where you are free to voice and explore your fears, anxieties and vulnerabilities in confidence.
As a Humanistic Integrative counsellor I see you as a whole and unique individual and I will work with you to explore your experiences of the world, without judgement or expectation.
To support and understand you I will work with your truth and not my own, taking your experiences and working with them in the here and now.
I offer a range of counselling options including short term and solution-focused brief therapy, or longer term psychotherapy to explore deeper or long standing issues. I also offer on-line and telephone counselling.
I believe that by you sharing your experiences with me, I can support you in an empathic manner to enhance your inner power and develop your capacity to make choices which will enable your growth and well-being.
How Will Counselling Help
From birth and in childhood, our experiences with others and our environment informs us about who we are; our way of being; how we are in relationship and who we become in adulthood.
We develop patterns of thoughts, feelings and behaviours in relation to our interactions with others based on our life experience and our beliefs, frequently based on what we have been told by those within our environments.
These beliefs and ways of being can be both helpful and unhelpful to us as well as difficult to change when they have been part of us for a long time, but neuroscientific evidence shows that our brain has the ability to reproduce new neurons and reorganise itself by forming new neural connections throughout life.
There are a number of ways in which new neural connections can be developed, one way is by having the reparative experience of being in a therapeutic relationship.
1. Call me and make an appointment to see me for an initial assessment session to see what you would like to get from therapy and if you and I are able to work together.
2. I will discuss with you the type of therapeutic support you want to help you decide on a course of therapy. It will either be short-term or brief solution focussed therapy, exploring a particular issue, or longer term therapy, for more in-depth work. I will guide you through the options available with me, the duration and frequency of the therapy sessions, my fees, confidentiality and other issues.
3. Getting started, most people attend therapy once a week and each session lasts 50 minutes. You are under no obligation to continue after the first assessment session, and you may end therapy at any time.
Ending - Stop at any time you like
Ending the therapy can be done at any time, it can be pre-determined through short fixed-term work or with long term therapy the ending is usually more gradual.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Humanistic Integrative Counsellor with a BSc (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy.
I have experience of working with a wide range of issues including, shame; depression and anxiety; grief, bereavement and loss; rage and anger; confidence and self esteem; health and relationship difficulties.
I work with trauma and issues which have historical roots from childhood including sexual, physical and emotional abuse which continue to impact in adulthood.
Alongside my private practice, I have extensive experience of supporting young people and adults whose lives are affected by mental illness.
Since 1998 I have worked with young people aged 11-25 in a variety of roles including Youth Worker & Leader In Charge for 7 years, a Learning Mentor in a secondary school for 5 years and as a Trainer delivering Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) to 14-16 year olds in a Pupil Referral Unit (PRU). I have 4 years Support Worker for adults within care and housing organisations include RETHINK - the mental health charity, Metropolitan Support Trust, St Vincent De Paul's Young Women's Hostel, and Nottingham City Council Children's Homes
Since 2007 I have been creating, developing and managing projects in Higher Education and Charities. My roles have included supervising and training both paid and voluntary staff and as of 2016, included trainee and qualified counsellors.
I am a registered member of the BACP and adhere to their ethical guidelines for good practice. I am currently working towards BACP accreditation.
I attend regular supervision to ensure I work in an ethical and professional manner and continue with my own personal and professional development. I am fully insured for counselling and psychotherapy work. I have experience of working with clients from diverse and wide ranging backgrounds including culture, race, sexuality, disability and faith.
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.
Accredited register membership
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Initial assessment session is FREE.
Individual Psychotherapy and Counselling - £50 per 50 minute session.
All fees are payable at each appointment by cash unless otherwise agreed.
Full fees are chargeable if appointments are cancelled with less than 24 hours notice.
Late arrivals will still be charged at full cost and the session will finish at the original booked time.
Concessions offered for
During the pandemic I offer counselling sessions through video call and telephone.