My key motivation as a counsellor is to see people thrive and live life to the full. I have an enduring hope in the capacity of human beings to change and heal. I have been a counsellor for 10 years and have helped many people overcome a range of issues including anxiety, stress, depression, bereavement, and work related issues. I work with individuals and couples and have particular interests in working with relationship issues, fertility issues and spirituality. I run a course on Coping with Infertility and deliver our Relationship Foundations course to couples.
I seek to create a calm and safe space where you can speak freely and share openly without fear of judgement. I believe the relationship between the counsellor and client is the most important factor in making counselling effective. When we feel heard, understood and valued by another person this helps to unlock our potential to change and grow.
Over the years my counselling style has developed to integrate insights and techniques from many different approaches including Gestalt therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Transactional Analysis and Compassion Focused Therapy. As all people are unique, different types of therapy suit different people and I tailor my approach to suit your personality and preferences.
My Christian faith underpins my work, bringing deeply held values of hope, compassion and humility to my work with clients. I am always open to discussing spiritual issues, whether you share my faith or are coming from a different perspective. I value diversity and seek to accept and respect people from all walks of life.
Where it all started
From a young age I often seemed to be listening to others and supporting people who were going through a hard time. Before training as a counsellor I worked on a one-to-one basis with people as an advice worker and tenancy support worker. I enjoyed building relationships and providing emotional support in these roles and wanted to train as a counsellor to help people overcome issues that hold them back from living life to the full.
"During the time I came to counselling with Gill I became more aware of myself and how my way of thinking was affecting my behaviour...I can say that now I feel more calm, confident and happy than when I began, and I can deal better with the situations that trigger some of my negative thoughts and reactions."
"Gill is a fantastic counsellor with whom I have had regular appointments over a period of nine months. She is calm, perceptive and caring. Gill guided me through a really tough time by allowing me to talk freely, and giving me space to explore thoughts and ideas about my situation. Her patience and kind manner enabled me to be really honest and open about very personal worries and feelings. I have had counselling a few times before and Gill is without a doubt the best counsellor I've ever had."