Ms Gillian McGowan
Member Status: Accredited
Member No: NCS15-02705
Hello, I'm Gillian. I'm trained as an Integrated Counselor which mean I studied a variety of counselling approaches, but I consider myself a Person Centred Counsellor. Person Centred Counselling starts with a premise that everyone is basically trying to be their best self, but life gets in the way sometimes. Things like trauma, incidents,abuse, how we are treated by our parents or in our relationships. These events then alter how we see ourselves. Our self belief, our self esteem, our values can be altered by how other people or events have molded us.
By exploring these events in the past or the present from your point of view, we can help gain perspective, resolution, understanding but importantly find the reserves and answers you have in you.
It may be a particular event you want to explore. It may be you want to explore general feelings of low self esteem. You may just want to be heard. I have no set agenda, you're the expert in your own life and we go where you want us to go at the pace you want us to go.
I am a remote only Counsellor meaning we will communicate via zoom or phone. All you need a safe, quiet room where you can speak freely. Pets and babies are fine but no other people including children, must be present.
I am available for appointments the following times:
Monday: 3:30 - 8:00pm
Tuesday 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Thursday 3:30 pm - 8:00pm
Some saturday appointments.
Low Income/Student £25.00
Standard Rate £40.00
Payment by transfer
Sessions are usually 50 minutes and can be weekly/fortnightly as you choose. Please advise if you require shorter sessions or different frequency as I'm happy to be flexible.
I see clients aged 17 years+
Please text or e-mail for appointments. 07504832775
- Qualifications & ExperienceI have a level 4 Advanced Diploma in Psychotheraputic Counselling which I gained after 3 years of study and 100 clinical hours of counselling.
I have worked since 2003 in various areas of support including:
Rape Crisis - volunteer helpline worker
NHS - Crisis worker for victims of sexual violence
Carr-Gomm , - Mental Health Worker
Adullam - Support worker/Homeless Support
Womens Aid - Domestic Violence Worker.
I currently manage a counselling service for a domestic abuse service.
I'm a member of the National Counselling Society and adhere to their code of practice. I have regular clinical supervision in accordance with my governing body to ensure I am working to a high ethical standard. I also carry out continuous professional development and training to ensure my skills and knowledge are kept up to date.
- What I can help with
- Abuse – Emotional, Physical, Sexual
- Ageing and related issues
- Assertiveness / Self-confidence / Self-esteem
- Divorce & Separation
- Emotional issues
- Financial difficulties
- Generally unhappy with your life
- Illness and dying
- Job interviews
- Panic attacks
- Self-defeating behaviours
- Sexuality Identity
- Suicidal feelings
- Violence / Victim support
- Languages Spoken