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Gill Brennan
Counsellor in Godalming - Registered 5+ Years

Registered Counsellor Gill Brennan
Full address provided upon booking, Maple Hatch Close
Godalming
Surrey
GU7 1TH
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  • Individual £45 - 50 minutes
  • Couple £60 - 50 minutes
Engagement rate - 27% of enquirers became verified clients

General Availability

  • Weekday Daytimes
  • Weekday Evenings
  • Weekends

Issue Covered

  • Abuse
  • Alcohol Dependence
  • Anger
  • Anorexia
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Binge Eating
  • Body Dysmorphia
  • Bulimia
  • Depression
  • OCD
  • Panic
  • PTSD
  • Relationship Problems
  • Self Esteem
  • Self Harm
  • Sexual Problems
  • Sleep Problems
  • Social Anxiety
  • Stress


Therapies

  • Counselling
  • Psychotherapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)



More Detail

5+ Years Post-Registration Experience

Hi. I am Gill. I'm an accredited and registered counsellor and psychotherapist - I support individuals and couples with their emotional health. I have private and voluntary sector experience as a counsellor and psychotherapist. My interest includes depression, relationship problems and stress, and the specific obstacles experienced by men and women.

What to Expect

A preliminary assessment meeting helps you to see if you feel comfortable with me, share what troubles you, ask questions, understand confidentiality, and decide if therapy could benefit you. Please use a contact option on the right to book a preliminary assessment session in Godalming.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive behavioural therapy concentrates on how your thoughts influence your emotions and behaviour. It identifies and addresses unhelpful thoughts which maintain the issues you experience. The objective of cognitive behavioural therapy is for you to experience healthier thoughts and feelings.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) (England and Wales) indicates cognitive behavioural therapy for alcohol dependence, anorexia nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder (BED), Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), bulimia nervosa, depression, Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), panic disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), self harm and social anxiety disorder.

Counselling

Counselling centres on listening to you, and supporting you. You determine which issue concerning your childhood and/or adult life you discuss. An aim of counselling is to help you to talk about a problem and find a way forward which is right for you.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) (England and Wales) recommends counselling for depression.

Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy focuses on you, and you obtaining insight into the difficulties you face. It considers your ideas, feelings and significant events in your history. Psychotherapy intends to help you develop or discover appropriate ways of managing.

Thoughts on Mental Health

Whilst mindfulness is not a way to explore how you have become distressed, it is a way of checking in with your thoughts and feelings, accepting them, and learning simple and often brief, breathing meditation techniques to help to regulate those feelings. Practised regularly, it can help to maintain mental good health and prevent relapses of mental ill health. Having studied mindfulness myself, I can pass on information and techniques to motivated clients who want support for managing their mental wellbeing. My therapeutic approach is focused on a supportive relationship with my clients, so mindfulness is a tool I can offer clients for their own self-help.
Read More: Mental Health Awareness Week: A more mindful approach to therapy
Ignorance about mental health difficulties creates fear and a 'them and us' scenario, where the person with the mental health condition is labelled with shameful stigma as 'them' and 'different', and us as 'normal'. The reality is, as always, more complicated and most of us suffer from some mental ill-health in our lives, be it something like anxiety, depression, post traumatic stress or bipolar disorder. There are ways you can help others manage such conditions and lead a fulfilling life. To combat the stigma that this ignorance creates, and the shame that goes with it, you need to acknowledge the mental health issues in your family and friends, and talk about them openly and compassionately. 
Read More: Time To Talk Day 2015: Ten things you can do to help combat stigma
Phobias can be insidious and creep on you while they take hold. By avoiding things which cause you to be anxious, a greater fear of them becomes more entrenched. This avoidance of the object can then become, over time, a phobia. An anxiety about going to the dentist in childhood, for example, can become a distressing phobia by adulthood if it is avoided. The original fear may also extend to things which are associated with the original object of fear, so a fear of clowns may extend to a phobia of circuses. Anxiety-related difficulties such as phobias can be especially troubling for children and adults with autistic spectrum conditions. As phobias can induce very distressing levels of anxious arousal, you may go to all lengths to avoid confronting your objects of fear - so to seek therapy and confront those fears by talking about it initially may be more bearable.
Read More: Understanding the common causes of phobias
Whether you have a diagnosed mental condition or are generally dissatisfied with your life at the moment, it can be tempting to believe that most people will be having a 'perfect Christmas'. We are bombarded by pictures of idealised families, couples and singles in the media and social networks. You may compare yourself unfavourably and feel inferior, so you feel worse during the holiday period when you feel you should be happy. You may be lonely, on your own or among a family you don't always get on with. A therapist can help to normalise your situation and feelings, and shed light on what might be unhelpful ways of thinking. They can give you a safe place to express your real self and work out how to deal with relationships - or the lack of them. You can feel lighter, less alone with difficult feelings, and better about yourself. Therapy can help you gain a perspective which will leave you more prepared to have the best Christmas for you.
Read More: 7 ways therapy can help you have a mentally healthy Christmas
Survivors of sexual abuse or rape may hold a misplaced sense of shame and suffer lasting problems with relationships and their own self-worth. You may need support for symptoms of post-traumatic stress such as flashbacks, nightmares, panic attacks and anxiety, along with depression, alcohol or drug misuse, sexual problems, and issues around boundaries. In therapy, you have the opportunity to share your story in a non-judgemental, trusting and safe environment, which will help to counter your feelings of powerlessness and isolation. 
Read More: 10 signs you could benefit from therapy

Qualifications Timeline

October
2015
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Accredited (MBACP Accred) Counsellor and Psychotherapist (Registered since July 2012)
June
2014
Certificate
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) with Heart
Awareness Centre (UK)
September
2012
Foundation Degree
Counselling
University of Greenwich London (UK)

Gill abides by the Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

Location Detail


My Consulting Address is in easy reach of

Busbridge, Godalming, North Munstead, Hydestile, Farncombe, Thorncombe Street, Milford, Lower Eashing, Eashing, Wheelerstreet, Norney, Hascombe, Peasmarsh, Shackleford, Hambledon, Shalford, Loxhill, Wonersh, Arlington, Shamley Green

Nearest Train Stations

  • Godalming (0.8 miles)
  • Farncombe (1.4 miles)
  • Milford (Surrey) (1.5 miles)
  • Shalford (3.2 miles)
  • Witley (3.4 miles)
  • Guildford (4.4 miles)
  • Chilworth (4.6 miles)
  • London Road (Guildford) (4.8 miles)
  • Wanborough (5.4 miles)
  • Ash (6.8 miles)


Wheelchair access: Yes

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Consulting Room of Godalming Registered Counsellor Gill Brennan

Updated 24 May 2017


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