I am a qualified Family Therapist who has been practising for 14 years, registered by UKCP and a member of AFT (The Association of Family Therapy). I abide by the codes and ethics of these governing bodies and am professionally insured. I have specialist experience working with a wide range of issues and within a range of settings: CAMHS (child and adolescent mental health), schools and various other agencies such as fostering and Social Care. In addition to therapy sessions I am also available for professional consultation.
I currently work in private practice and am also based for a morning within a family therapy clinic in CAMHS. I teach Systemic Practice on a Post Graduate Tavistock and Portman course in Stroud.
WHAT IS FAMILY THERAPY?
Systemic Family Therapy is a creative Psychotherapy which encompasses all ages from childhood to older age and works with individuals, couples, families or groups of people.
Families come in all shapes, sizes, ages and cultures. There is no such thing as a perfect-normal family, only a unique family. Every family has its own way of doing things and it’s unique ups and downs. Sometimes however, families face challenges beyond the usual ups and downs. A family or individual can become stuck within a problem or situation where there seems to be no way out. This is where Family Therapy can be helpful.
WHO COMES TO THE SESSIONS?
It is up to you to decide who you would like to come. Anyone can come who is significant for you to bring. Sometimes you may wish to come alone and other times you may choose for others to attend. Sometimes you may want to bring a friend or someone who supports you. The decisions around who comes along and how can be worked out between yourselves and the therapist according to what is most helpful at the time.
Individual therapy is important too. You may feel like you are the only person holding the problem and this in itself can be overwhelming and lonely. When I meet with an individual I work with that person’s own experience and there is no pressure to bring another person or family member into a session with whom that person does not feel comfortable or wish to involve. It is still very much possible to think in lots of different ways about the significant people in your life and your relationships without others always attending sessions with you.
An initial telephone consultation is offered for FREE.
Sessions are then £50 per hour or £60 for an hour and a half.
Mostly sessions of one hour are adequate, particularly with younger children. Family and couple sessions are likely to require longer so that each person has the time they need within the session. (Sometimes for an individual adult where there are complex issues you may also wish to choose an hour and a half).
I can sometimes visit clients in their own settings but mainly practice from bases in Stroud and Wotton Under Edge. If you would like to get in touch to discuss any of the above or to arrange an initial telephone consultation please phone, text or email me. I look forward to hearing from you!
Email: Debbie.G@gloscounselling.org.uk Mobile: 07969 601975