About - Manchester Mind Matters

 

Hi, I’m Gill…

 

Here at Manchester Mind Matters my aim is to help you find a way to live your best life.

Initially, you might not even know what that looks like.  But together we can identify what’s going on for you, explore what stresses you, what your hopes and dreams might be and what obstacles get in the way of you achieving them.

Background

After several years working for voluntary organisations I decided to set up Manchester Mind Matters in 2013.  I really wanted to focus on helping others improve their mental health and well-being.  I have several years experience as a counsellor and really love my job.  It never ceases to amaze me how my clients have the capacity to overcome their difficulties with just a little help.   To me, counselling is not a “one size fits all” approach which is why I have chosen to integrate other counselling theories and approaches to suit the specific needs of my clients

Qualifications

  • Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling
  • Advanced Certificate in Supervision (Macclesfield Counselling and Training Centre)
  • Certificate in Supervision (Macclesfield Counselling and Training Centre)
  • Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Manchester CBT Centre)
  • Certificate in Integrated Mindfulness Practice (University of Salford)
  • Certificate in Forest Bathing (Centre for Excellence)
  • Diploma in Counselling (University of Manchester)
  • BA (Hons) Business Studies and Education (Leeds University).

BACP Membership

I am a full Member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and work according to their principles and ethics.  I am also on the BACP’s Accredited Voluntary Register having successfully completed their Certificate of Proficiency in Counselling.  For further information on this please see the BACP website at http://www.bacp.co.uk/.

EXPERIENCE

For the past 6 years I have run a successful private counselling practice from home.  Prior to this,  I worked part-time for Tameside, Oldham and Glossop Mind where I delivered mental health courses for people in supported housing.  I also worked as a volunteer counsellor providing support to my local community.

AREAS OF WORK

Alongside my private counselling I have worked for Employee Assisted programmes (EAPS) offering work-based counselling as well as for local and national charities (AGE UK, Marie Curie Cancer Care and the MS Society).  I have also undertaken counselling at a GP Practice and infertility clinic

I have a keen interest in mindfulness and work towards the good practice guidelines for mindfulness teaching.  These can be found at

http://mindfulnessteachersuk.org.uk/

Finally, I hope this profile gives you a little insight into my counselling philosophy, areas of interest and expertise.  If you feel that I might be able to help you don’t hesitate to contact me.  I offer a no obligation initial assessment session which is perhaps a chance to test the water.

 

“You can’t stop the waves but you can learn to surf” (Jon Kabat-Zinn)

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