A WELCOME MESSAGE FROM GINA
Thank you for taking the time to read about me and my work. I appreciate it can be a daunting task looking for the right counsellor and whether our work is short term or long term the relationship you have with your counsellor is instrumental for any change to take place.
I welcome you to get in touch so you have the opportunity to meet with me and we can discuss what brings you to counselling and how I may be able to help you.
I hope the following overview will give you a brief insight into my passion and commitment to my work and my desire to help you achieve the life you wish to have.
I regularly commit to reading and various courses to keep me up to date with my work. Since the Covid-19 pandemic I committed to a course with the Academy for Online Counselling and Psychotherapy to complete their General Certificate to provide me with a more robust understanding of how to deliver my work safely and efficiently online, which I passed with distinction.
WHY CHOOSE COUNSELLING?
Life can be challenging at times whether it is relationships, work or bereavement. Sometimes people tell me they don't seem to feel anything and others tell me they find their feelings such as anxiety, sadness and grief quite overwhelming and difficult to cope with. We are all unique and it is our own individual experience that is important.
By having someone to talk to in confidence who is non-biased and there just for you can feel like a great support and relief. As an experienced counsellor I can work with you to help you find a way forwards. Counselling can be a wonderful opportunity to explore and understand ourselves further. Sometimes it really helps to talk to someone who is non-judgemental and listens to you with empathy and an understanding ear.
WHERE DO THE SESSIONS TAKE PLACE?
I work in private practice from my home in Lymington. Since the pandemic I see all my clients online using the platform Zoom or via telephone.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
If you have any questions or would like to book a session, then I welcome you to get in touch. Either email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or text me on 07765 045 080 - or if you call please be prepared to leave a message as I may be with a client but I will call you back as soon as I can.
YOUR FIRST SESSION
Your first session will be a no obligation assessment and will give you the opportunity to meet with me to discuss your reasons for coming to counselling and what you would like our work to focus on.
The fee for the first session is £20 and like the other fees is payable in advance by bank transfer to account in the name of: Mrs G Bate
sort code: 30-93-17, Account no: 00182266
48 hours notice is required for any cancellations.
Please note I only work with individuals over 16 years.
QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE
Prior to my counselling course, I worked in Personal Development since 2004 mainly helping to coach and support clients to lose weight. I felt honoured and humbled by my clients sharing of their unique life stories. It was a wonderful period of enlightenment for me at a transitional time of my own life and I was very fortunate to receive some excellent training.
For many years I have frequently attended and continue to attend CPD (continued professional development) courses and workshops. In addition to my degree and diploma in Humanistic Counselling, I draw from the invaluable experience I have gained to work with my clients. My qualifications and various experience through additional workshops and CPD days include:
B.A.(Hons) Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy - University of Chichester
Diploma in Humanistic Counselling - University of Chichester, dip(HE)
Certificate in Counselling Skills - University of Chichester
Specialist Humanistic Therapy, Expressive Creative Therapy - University of Chichester
Certificate of Proficiency (BACP)
In March 2018, I attended the 8 Day Practitioner Skills Training with NCfED - National Centre for Eating Disorders
June 2018, attended the 4 Day Practitioner Skills Training course with NCfED for Obesity
1 day Workshop for "Body Psychotherapy" - Nick Totton 15.09.18
Work shop for "Working with Survivors of Abuse" - Dr Nina Burrows - 09.02.19
BACP PPD workshop "Integrating Artwork into Counselling Practice" - 13.02.19
Realising the full potential in Dreams in Clinical Practice - Marcus West - 18.05.19
Gut Health & Mental Health, Counselling, Psychotherapy and Nutrition - facilitator Sally Galloway - 22.06.19
Trauma Focused CBT - Trainer Noreen Tehran - 05.10.19
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, (ACT) - Introductory 3 day training course, 04.11.19, 05.11.19 & 02.12.19 - trainer Jim Lucas
Academy Online Counselling & Psychotherapy General Certificate for Online Counselling & Psychotherapy 11 week course from May - July 2020, passed with Distinction.
Transactional Analysis (TA)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
My counsellor training has provided me with the opportunity to work with the Specialist Humanistic Therapy ... Expressive Creative Therapies, which I find remarkable to work with, especially in helping to explore a “stuckness”. The great thing about creative therapy is that you do not have to be good at drawing or art. There are many different therapeutic approaches to counselIing and psychotherapy. The modality I have been trained in is the Humanistic School and is described on the BACP website as:
This approach focuses on the individual as a whole. It encourages people to think about their feelings and take responsibility for their thoughts and actions. The emphasis is on self-development and achieving your highest potential rather than on problematic behaviour. Gestalt therapy, person-centred therapy, transactional analysis and transpersonal therapy are all humanistic approaches.
To find out more about other therapeutic approaches click on the link to go directly to the BACP information on the
I am insured and have an enhanced DBS certificate.
Useful information and links
I enjoy reading inspiring quotes and here are just a few ...
"All that we are is the result of what we have thought. the mind is everything. what we think, we become". Buddha
I am the greatest. I said that before I knew I was. Muhammad Ali
"In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or to step back into safety." - Abraham Maslow
History will be kind to me for I intend to write it. - Sir Winston Churchill.
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world". Mahatma Gandhi
Everything you ever wanted is on the other side of fear.
In the midst of chaos there is also opportunity. Sun Tzu