Yvonne Gordon is a BACP-registered integrative counsellor working in private practice who has also worked in the NHS IAPTs service. She has also supported young people for schools-based charity, Place2Be. She has experience of working one-to-one with clients of all ages and backgrounds. She is a sensitive, empathic and insightful listener.
Yvonne emphasises the importance of the therapeutic relationship in her client work and is of the mind that clients have their own answers within them if they are listened to sincerely with empathy and without judgement in a safe therapeutic space in which they can work on their mental and emotional challenges. Yvonne wishes to give her clients this space, working alongside them as they discover more about themselves and what they need to do within the boundaried environment of the counselling room.
Being listened to whole-heartedly can be a transformative process which can enable the client to get a renewed sense of their ability to make new choices as they begin to see their difficulties with a different perspective and gain the courage to develop their potential. Yvonne sometimes draws on the tools and techniques of CBT which can facilitate clients in becoming more aware of their habitual thought patterns and how these are reflected in reactions and actions. She occasionally uses Mindfulness practice to help the client become aware of their feelings in the here-and-now.
Yvonne believes that it is important to relate her approach to each individual client, acknowledging that for many clients counselling is a way of getting more in touch with their innate ability to look at difficult feelings on the journey towards a fuller life. She has worked with older clients who have been bereaved, some of whom had not previously had counselling. She has also worked with students suffering from anxiety, depression and low self-esteem issues as well as professionals experiencing confidence issues in the workplace alongside emotional challenges stemming back to childhood which can result in long-term depression if not addressed.
In her work in schools, she worked therapeutically with several young people individually, encouraging them to express their feelings and work towards healthier coping strategies.
As a former journalist, Yvonne realised her interest in hearing people’s stories while working on local papers where she met people from all stratas of society and cultural/educational backgrounds. Accordingly, she is aware of the struggles - whether in the workplace, home, relationships or elsewhere - experienced by many people. She specialises in helping clients manage depression, anxiety and stress, whilst appreciating the importance of an individual’s sense of purpose and connectedness. Her interests include transpersonal therapy and second-generational issues. Yvonne is interested in world religions and history of art and has a keen interest in theatre.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in Integrative Counselling - Person-centred and Psychodynamic approaches.
- Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic Skills & Theory
- Diploma in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).
- Samaritan telephone listener
- Support work with MIND
- Support work at drop-in mental health cafe
- BA (Hons) Humanities
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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Areas of counselling I deal with
i am available weekdays in the day and evening, occasional Saturdays.
Interest in Transpersonal, Jungian, Compassion-Focused therapy, Acceptance and Commitment therapy.