Vanessa Gajewska MSc, BACP Snr. Accred Supervisor & Counsellor, APSATS Trained
Warmly engaging, widely experienced and practical BACP (Snr Accred) Counsellor for individual and couples counselling, supervision & mentoring: face to face, via Zoom or phone.
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. I am also an APSATS trained Betrayal Trauma Specialist commited to alleviating distress in partners of people struggling with Porn and Sex Addiction. 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 30 years experience I have worked with a huge range of people struggling with issues related to abuse, relationships, Sex Addiction, 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 counselling 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 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, APSATS Trained
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, Porn and Sex Addiction, trauma, Betrayal 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: 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.
Registered / Accredited
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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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Life changes and transitions. Menopause. Death anxiety. Sex & Porn Addiction. Betrayal Trauma.
All sessions last for 50 minutes and are charged at £60. Please note: non-attendance of any booked appointment is payable at the sessional rate.
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