I'M HERE TO LISTEN
My name is Gavin and I am a fully qualified therapist providing counselling services in Cambridgeshire in various fields which include addiction, loss and grief, trauma, anxiety and relationships.
I am here to listen and help you turn a corner in your life and for you to get a better understanding of how to manage and cope with everyday life.
*Are you struggling with an addiction and looking for a new way of life?
*Do you feel depressed and struggling with life on a day to day basis?
*Are you suffering from loss and need help with the grieving process?
If you have answered yes to any, or all, of the questions above, then maybe I can help.
If you are reading this then you may have reached a place where things are not going to plan in your life, or as you may have expected it to be. Maybe you feel ‘stuck’ at present? Counselling may be able to help with the ‘stuckness’ that you may be experiencing.
My role as a therapist is not to provide you with the answers to the issues you are faced with, because I believe you already have the answers. However, with regular therapy sessions, in a safe, quiet and comfortable environment, we can explore this together and help you take the next steps.
I work in a humanistic way and utilise various approaches and techniques including Adlerian Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Attachment Theory and Positive Psychology. My approach depends on you and the problems you are facing. Each of my clients have a tailored strategy to help you cope with the issues at hand and discover ways to manage these in your day to day life.
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Practitioners (BACP) and also the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Practitioners (FDAP). I have been working with clients for over 10 years in supporting them in a number of specialised fields including addiction and personally participate in regular supervision and therapy because I believe it is important for me to look after myself the same way that I encourage you to do so.
I have achieved an MSc in Addiction Psychology & Counselling with London South Bank and a BA Social Policy from Anglian Ruskin University. I have also trained in Adlerian Psychology, Motivational Interviewing and Person-Centred Counselling.
I continue to work in a wide range of areas, and my experience covers a variety of settings including residential rehabs, community services and a number of prisons. Some of these include:
· The Priory
· Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
· Rehabilitation of Addicted Prisoners Trust (RAPT)
· Staffordshire & South Shropshire NHS Foundation Trust
· Phoenix Futures
· Sanctuary Lodge
· Perry Claymore Project (PCP)
· Change Grow Live
More and more people in the UK are suffering from addiction of various kinds, but there is a way out and, with regular counselling, you will start to see that there is an opportunity to have a better way of life. Addiction can manifest itself in a number of ways which may include drugs, alcohol, food, sex and much more. Understanding addiction is the first step to helping you to find a better way to manage your day to day life.
Co-dependency is a behavioural condition in a relationship of two people where one person enables another person’s poor mental health, addiction or under achievement. Obtaining approval or a sense of identity are two of the core characteristics of co-dependency.
Where ‘positive thinking’ will emphasis on looking at the positivity in all situations, ‘positive psychology’ can help you learn the tools for success in all areas of your life. By focusing on your strengths, cultivating gratitude and practicing mindfulness you can adopt a new strategy for your life to overcome situations that may arise.
From time to time, people encounter trauma in their life that, if untreated and undiagnosed, can cause complications down the line. Experiencing trauma can have a profound impact on your psychological and emotional wellbeing. This is known in therapy as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and through a programme of counselling, we can discover ways to regulate the emotions that become too difficult to tolerate.
Relationship Counselling is also often referred to as ‘couples’ therapy’ or ‘couples counselling’ and over the years I have helped all types of couples get a better understanding of their relationship and help to explore, recognise and resolve conflicts.
This is otherwise known as ‘low esteem’ or ‘low self-confidence’ counselling and my first approach with you is to try and get a better understanding of why you may be struggling with low self-worth. I believe it is important to establish a better understanding of worth and value when helping my clients.
The grieving process is different for everyone. Grief counselling is a form of psychotherapy that helps you to cope with the physical and emotional responses to loss. My aim is to help you by listening and getting a better understanding of how we can work together through the grieving process. With regular counselling sessions, we can formulate a plan to discuss and find ways of coping better to ensure this doesn’t affect other areas of your life.
My psycho-therapeutic sessions in anger management look at prevention and control. By recognising the signs and knowing how to deal with the feelings surrounding anger, I will be able to look at helping you to cope and find ways of managing this in your day to day life.
Family dynamics are the patterns and interactions we have with members of our family. In understanding the dynamics of your family, this will help you by preventing distress and collective unhappiness within the family environment. This can also be known as ‘family therapy’ where I am able to meet with you on a one-to-one basis or with the whole family.
Getting a balance of life, work, love and relationships is an important factor for everyone. From time to time people can feel disassociated with ‘life balance’ and by investigating this in more detail with regular therapy, this can help you to improve the balance you have every day.
In a medical or biological context, stress is a physical or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension. Recognising (or exploring) the causes of stress whether it be work, financial or family related, can help you in the process of managing and reducing these symptoms to help you with a better quality of life.
Anxiety is related to your body’s natural reaction to stress. It often manifests into stress from a feeling of fear of unknowing of what is to come. All anxiety disorders are different and can affect people in different ways which is why it is important to seek treatment if you regularly have a feeling of being anxious or suffer from a variety of symptoms of anxiety.
I firmly believe that you are the expert in your life, and that my job is to listen. Receiving counselling is about giving yourself the space to find your own truth. This may initially feel strange, but, as we progress on this - your journey - together my hope is that this will start feeling natural and you will gain the confidence to move forward.
It is quite normal to experience times in our lives when we feel worried, confused, depressed or angry. You may be feeling low self-worth or anxiety. This can be caused by various issues; family dynamics, relationships, lifestyle or work pressures. At the same time it may be difficult to identify why or where unhelpful or worrying feelings are coming from, this is ok, as it can be worked out in therapy.
Counselling can lead to an increase in overall well-being, self-awareness, confidence, motivation and a greater understanding of difficulties and relationships, acceptance of difficult situation and better coping strategies
The Lifestyle Assessment intends to throw light on the attitudes, beliefs and convictions each person holds. Adler referred to this as an individual's lifestyle, and he believed that its foundations are established by the time a child is 6 years old. These attitudes, beliefs and convictions are often an unconscious part of us. Shedding light on them can be a helpful way to assist clients in understanding why they are behaving in a certain way. Together, we will explore different areas of your life, using various therapeutic methods.
Adlerians believe that any movement is beneficial to an individual and all behaviour is purposive.
My fees are £50 for a 50 minute session, however, I believe that counselling should be accessible to all and therefore operate a sliding scale to work with your situation. Contact me if this applies to you.
Please Contact me on 07718628231 or
Earith, Huntingdon, PE28 3PN,
Tenison Road, Cambridge, CB1 2DF
Mon-Fri: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sat: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sun: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm