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My name is Gillie Farnworth, I am a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist and a registered member of the BACP and an accredited registrant member of the NCS. I practice in the Risca area of Newport offering private rooms with a safe and welcome environment; I provide professional and confidential counselling and psychotherapy to adults, couples and people over the age of 16. There is plenty of parking available, easily accessible from Risca, Newport, Caerphilly, Pontypool, Cwmbran and surrounding areas.
How do you choose your counsellor? It can be overwhelming when first looking for your therapist, how do you know which one to pick? There are so many to choose from. One of the most important aspects of therapy is the relationship between the client and the counsellor, for many reasons, not least because you need to feel comfortable opening up to another individual. I offer a free 20 minute assessment to individuals, there is no obligation to commit to anything further for the time being. This is not a counselling session but it will give us a chance to meet, discuss what your needs are, whether you require short or long term therapy (I offer both) and how I might then be able to help you. You will be able to ask questions and allay any fears or anxieties you may have. Occasionally the consultation may be enough and you will choose not to proceed further with therapy. However usually most people will choose to continue on with a number of sessions, at which point an agreement is made. Our work can be time limited or open-ended where there is no predetermined date but with opportunities to review our progress.
Counselling and Psychotherapy
Counselling is often described as ‘the talking therapy’. It is a process designed to provide clients with the time and space to explore, understand or come to terms with the issues they have; this is done in a confidential, non-judgmental environment. Counselling is not advice giving, more, helping you look at what is possible whilst avoiding telling you what to do. Its about you as the client gaining control and not the counsellor taking control. A counsellor answering the question ‘What would you advise me to do?’ with ‘What ideas do you have?’ is helping the client to explore and recognise that they have a part to play in the therapy and need to seek their own answers from within. Counselling has many different approaches; Humanistic, Person-Centred Therapy, Cognative Behaverial Therapy (CBT) and Gestalt Therapy, to name but a few. I am primarily a humanistic counsellor, but work in an integrative style, which means I will tailor each session to suit your individual needs using one or all of the different counselling models. My humanistic approach will ensure you are listened to, valued and respected. I provide comfortable discreet rooms to enable this work to progress and you to reach your full potential.
Who I Work With
Throughout my career I have experienced working with a diverse group of people, bringing a range of emotions and issues to my practice. I frequently see clients who are seeking therapy for depression, anxiety, stress, perfectionism, low self esteem, trauma, loss of meaning or purpose or struggling within their relationship. Others can find it difficult to cope at times of transition or change.
Other issues I deal with include, but are not limited to:
The Fast Trauma Cure
Traditionally trauma has been treated over long periods of time, maybe even years. This can often be a very painful experience for the recipient, revisiting distressing memories that you would really rather forget, hence many find it easier to avoid seeking help altogether. I am experienced in working with The Fast Trauma Cure, which is otherwise known as 'The Rewind' technique. Although this cannot erase the memory, the technique works by allowing the individual, whilst in a safe relaxed state, to revisit the traumatic memory and store this as an ‘ordinary’ non-threatening memory; instead of a memory that continually activates the flight or fight response. It can be used to treat any trauma from PTSD, rape, sexual abuse, child abuse, bullying and much more.
My Qualifications and Training
I am fully trained and qualified in helping clients with issues such as anxiety, stress, trauma and much more. The majority of my experience has been gained whilst working closely with vulnerable adults within local government support services. I have also consulted with multi-national companies with reference to stress management as required. In addition to this within my private practice I have worked for numerous occupational and private healthcare companies providing counselling and psychotherapy as needed.
Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy
Advanced Diploma in Counselling
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Advanced Certificate In Counselling
Intermediate Certificate In Counselling Skills
Certificate in The Fast Trauma and Phobia Cure
Advanced Couples Course; Meeting Their Partners Needs
Certificate in Motivational Interviewing
Register Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
Accredited Registrant Member of the National Counselling Society
Criminal Records Bureau Checked
Fully Insured with Holistic Insurance
Contact and Appointment Details
I can be contacted on 07787 550 857 or by email at [email protected]
I may not always be able to take your telephone call but please do leave me a message and I will get back to you as soon as I am able.
I practice in the Risca area of Newport which is easily assessable just a short drive from junction 27 on the M4. There is plenty of parking available.
Individuals – £50.00 for each 60 minute session (this includes time to discuss and arrange further sessions)
Couples – £60.00 for each 60 minute session (this includes time to discuss and arrange further sessions)
I offer an initial 20 minute assessment for individuals free of charge either face to face or over the phone.
I have daytime and evening appointments available Monday to Thursday.
Please note I am unable to offer a free assessment to couples, however I am available to discuss your requirements as needed.