Donna Gibson FD (Open), MBACP based in Martlesham Heath, Ipswich

Donna Gibson FD (Open), MBACP based in Martlesham Heath, Ipswich

The Bridge Counselling Service
2 Betts Avenue
Martlesham Heath Business Park

I am unable to take further enquiries until 09-Sep-2018

07578 839779

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The Bridge Counselling Service
2 Betts Avenue
Martlesham Heath Business Park

07578 839779

About me

Would you like help to feel better than you currently do?

Statistics suggest that 80% of people feel better after having counselling*.

Sometimes that means gaining self-acceptance, being able to come to a decision or perhaps looking at a situation that can’t be changed in a different way.  You may want counselling because you are experiencing something specific but equally you may not feel right and want to explore why.

I offer counselling from the person-centred approach (  It is an approach to counselling which has been offered for almost 80 years and was developed by influential psychologist Dr Carl Rogers (

One of the things I really like about this approach to counselling is that we can talk about anything you want. The reason for this is in the way the approach works.  In essence, if 6 conditions are met** which include you feeling understood and accepted, change will occur.  I won’t give you advice or tell you what to do because I trust that you already have the capacity to find your own answers, but we will work collaboratively to find out what those answers are.

Research suggests that 40% of what makes counselling work are client factors, 30% the relationship between counsellor and client, 15% the placebo effect/expectation that counselling will work and 15% the type of counselling offered***.

What this shows is that the type of counselling is important mainly in that it should be a good fit for how you like to work e.g. do you prefer the freedom to explore or do prefer more structure, but the approach itself isn't as important as both the relationship you have with your counsellor and the other factors you may have at your disposal such as support outside of the session or how you feel before you start counselling.

I have been working with clients for several years, some of whom are experiencing or have experienced:

  •       Depression
  •       Anxiety
  •       Childhood sexual abuse
  •       Domestic abuse
  •       Low self-esteem
  •       Loss
  •       Bereavement
  •       Relationship issues
  •       Stress
  •       Illness
  •       Caring responsibilities
  •       Miscarriage

However you don’t need to have experienced any of the above to benefit from counselling.  It may be that you want a companion to explore things which have a much vaguer feel to them.

You have the choice as to how long we work together as I believe you will know when you have gained what you want from our sessions.  Some clients stay for a few sessions, others like to continue for months, sometimes longer.  I would say it is possible to start feeling better after a single session (sometimes being able to share some of what is going on can feel like a huge relief) but more often it takes several sessions before you start to notice a difference and sometimes the work we do can be painful.

My office is ideally situated if you live in Martlesham Heath, Kesgrave or Martlesham (I'm opposite the side of Tenpin Bowling (formerly Kingpin)) but is also easily accessible from Ipswich, Woodbridge and Felixstowe.  I offer free parking, tea/coffee and bathroom facilities.  My office is also wheelchair accessible.

* Therapy Today, 2014
*** Lambert, M.J. (1992) 'Implications of Outcome Research for Psychotherapy Integration', in Norcross and Goldstein (1992), pp. 94-129.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a BACP Registered Counsellor holding a Foundation Degree in Counselling and Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.  I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and work within their Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions . I have met their standards for registration and you can find me on the BACP Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.

It is important for counsellors to continue with professional development. In the last couple of years I have undertaken workshops in:

  • Eating Disorders Awareness
  • Working with Aspergers
  • Mindfulness and Mentalising
  • Working Effectively with Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse
  • Domestic, Sexual and Honour Based Abuse
  • Trauma and the Therapeutic Relationship: Approaches to Process and Practice
  • Men’s Issues in Psychotherapy and Counselling Today
  • Relationships: Why Bother?

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Counselling fees are £40 per 50 minute session.  Sessions are generally held weekly.

You can pay either at the beginning of the session or at the end, depending on your preference. If you wish to pay on the day I accept cash or cheque. If you wish to pay by bank transfer (details are available on request) please transfer the fee 24 hours before your session. If you would like more information please take a look at The Money Advice Centre’s guide to making on phone and online bank transfers.

Further information

If you would like to make an appointment or discuss anything with me, please telephone 07578 839779. If I do not answer straight away and you are directed to my voicemail, please leave your name, a contact number and a brief message and I will call you back within 24 hours.

It is often easier to contact me via email at as I am able to answer emails outside of my regular practice hours.

Maps & Directions

Ipswich, IP5 3RH

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Mon, Tues, Wed and Fri 9.30am-3.00pm Thurs 9.30am-8.00pm

Types of client

Older adults
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