Bill Gray, Person centered-therapist. MA. PG Dip. MBACP (Accred).
Finding the ‘right’ counsellor can be a confusing undertaking - coming for therapy is a big deal. The thought of it may be scary; the prospect of facing issues which perhaps have been concealed for a long time can be overwhelming.
As an experienced counsellor I will accompany you in your journey, no matter how difficult things may appear.
I work with clients suffering from anxiety and depression, but specialise in conflict, unresolved grief and loss - those issues which can play painfully over and over in your mind in a seemingly endless cycle.
Sometimes we all have things that we need help facing, figuring out, and overcoming. It might be an overwhelming life event, a crippling trauma, a transition, or life changes that may be hard to move past, or accept.
How I can help
Through my training and experience, I will work with you to understand the answers you may be seeking. Whether you are struggling with a relationship or are experiencing problems at work or home, I am here to provide care, compassion and a professional approach.
As a therapist, my responsibility is to provide a safe, confidential, non-judgmental environment in which we can work together to better understand and resolve challenges in your life which cause concern or distress.
Taking the first step towards getting help is often the most difficult.
How did I become a counsellor?
For many years I worked in the music industry until a personal crisis prompted me to seek therapy. From that experience, I derived a deeper knowledge of myself and as a consequence started on the journey to becoming a counsellor.
I’m amazed by the way we go about our daily lives, despite the burdens and chaos we sometimes carry inside ourselves. We are resilient creatures, more so than most of us realise, and I believe we have the potential to change.
Through my own experience I have an understanding of how important it is to find a therapist with whom you can feel completely at ease, so feel free to call me for an informal chat.
Where I work
Coming for counselling can be stressful enough without having to worry about parking, or finding a toilet – or, if it is the case, feeling uncomfortable about being in somebody’s house.
Being mindful of that, I provide a peaceful space in an easy to find location, where clients don’t have to worry about such problems. I work from a comfortable purpose built studio, with all facilities and ample parking, set in the garden of my cottage in a tranquil village six miles East of Bury St. Edmunds (literally five minutes from the A14) and only 35 miles from Cambridge, and 19 miles from Ipswich.
Training, qualifications & experience
I qualified as a person-centered therapist at the University of East Anglia, where I completed the internationally renowned Postgraduate Diploma training course.
I also hold a Master of Arts in counselling from the University if East Anglia.
In 2015 I successfully completed the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE), Counselling For Depression programme.
As well as being in private practice, I am currently a counsellor at one of East Anglia's leading independent schools.
I have worked with Suffolk Mind as a specialist dementia therapist, and also with MTCIC in Bury St Edmunds as an IAPT counsellor, seeing NHS clients
In addition, I worked with St Barnabas Counselling Centre in Norwich, and the Student Counselling Service at UEA.
I am a registered, accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and abide by their code of ethics. I also have enhanced DBS clearance.
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
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My fees are £55.00 for a 50 minute session. I work days and am also available for evening appointments.