Vanessa Gajewska MSc, BACP Snr. Accred, Clinical Supervisor, Workplace Mediatior
Warmly engaging, widely experienced and practical BACP (Snr Accred) Counsellor for individual and couples counselling, supervision & mentoring.
I hold an MSc and a Diploma in Counselling (University of Bristol), a Diploma in Counselling Supervsion as well as Certificates in Life Coaching and Workplace Mediation. My Senior Accreditation by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP Snr Accred) and registration with the United Kingdom Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (UKRCP) means that my practice is professionally accountable.
Having over 25 years experience I have worked with a huge range of people struggling with issues related to abuse, relationships, anxiety, depression, worry, anger, grief and bereavement, workplace stress, transitions/change and uncertainty as well as having a particular interest in working with women, their partners and families impacted by Post Natal Depression.
I've also practiced in a variety of settings which indclude: University Wellbeing Services (Bath and UWE) and Occupational Health Departments at Bristol City Council and the Royal United Hospital in Bath. I have also worked with residents and staff at The Dean Neurological Hospital in Gloucester (providing counseling and training) as well as having being a Lead Counsellor in South Gloucestershire Primary Care Trust for over nine years alongside my Private Practice located equidistant between Bath and Bristol City Centres in Mangotsfield, BS16. Additionally I am part of a national network of therapists affiliated to a number of Employee Assistance Programmes aimed at supporting people's health and well being in the workplace as well as holding registration with a leading private healthcare provider.
As a Senior Accredited Counselling Supervisor (Individuals), I am trained to Diploma level in one-to-one and group supervision. I also offer professional/vocational training, consultancy and facilitation for groups and organisations. I am committed to providing a professional, respectful and approachable service to all my clients and supervisees while continuing to develop and progress my own practice, knowledge and skills.
Training, qualifications & experience
MSc (Counselling), Dip Coun., Dip. Counselling Supervision, Cert. Life Coaching, Cert. Workplace Mediation, Dip. Coun. Children & Adolescents, Cert. Counselling for Depression, BA Hons, Dip Phys, MBACP (Snr. Accred.), UKRCP
My experience includes a wide range of people in a variety of circumstances seeking help with low self-esteem, anxiety, stress and panic, depression, confusion, feeling stuck or alternatively in transition, anger management, career counselling, feeling powerless or out of control, sexual abuse, trauma, bereavement, neglect, relationship and work-related issues. I work in accordance with the BACP Ethical Framework and receive regular highly professional supervision from very senior and experienced practitioners.
I believe that 'good' therapy depends on a 'good' relationship. This comes from my repeated experiences where counselling has promoted positive change and personal development. With this in mind, I respectfully maintain your best interests at all times while sitting firmly in 'your' corner.
To summarise: in a nutshell I am a humanistically-spirited, integrative, counsellor who flexibly draws upon a range of theoretical models and approaches to respond to individual needs within the context of the counselling relationship. These include: Gestalt, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Person-Centred and Emotion Focussed Therapy, Psychodynamic, Psycho Synthesis, Life Coaching, Counselling for Depression (CfD),Transactional Analysis and Energy Psychology.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder
- Career counselling
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Life changes and transitions. Menopause. Death anxiety.
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Couples counselling
- Existential therapy
- Gestalt therapy
- Humanistic therapies
- Interpersonal therapy
- Person-centred therapy
Photos & videos
All sessions last for 50 minutes and are charged at £55. Please note: non-attendance of any booked appointment is payable at the sessional rate.
If you'd like find out more, please visit my website and view my video.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday to Thursday 10 am - 5.30 pm
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
As a well established BACP Snr Accredited Supervisor the values, knowledge and beliefs that inform my practice arise from my own experiences of supervision – both good and bad.