Gaynor Anne Bodsworth

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As a therapist I have over 17 years experience counselling in a wide variety of settings and organisations. These include Private practice,  NHS primary care, Managing a Charity funded counselling service, College and University and MIND - the leading mental health charity in England and Wales.

Deciding to seek help with problems and difficulties you may be experiencing can take a lot of courage so trusting in finding the right support and a counsellor with whom you feel comfortable to talk to openly and honestly is extremely important when making a decision to seek support. I understand how important close family and friends are in our lives who may offer constant support and a listening ear, however I recognise that we often feel we don't want to 'burden' them or 'upset' and 'worry' them. Clients regularly express that having a safe, confidential space and talking to a therapist who is empathic, non judgemental and respectful to their individual needs and difficulties have enabled them to work through some very difficult and sometimes painful emotions.

My Therapy Approach

I am very aware that clients are initially nervous and apprehensive meeting a therapist for the first time. My aim is to genuinely help clients feel at ease from our initial contact and provide a safe therapeutic place where my clients can work through some of their problems and difficulties and  without fearing being 'judged'.

I practice from an integrative perspective, integrating theoretical knowledge and skills from Person Centred, Humanistic, Solution Focused and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.  I work with each client to create an approach adapted to suit their individual needs thus maximising opportunities for clients to manage their problems and difficulties and to make the changes they want in their lives.

What I can help with

I have specialised for many years in working with both adult and student client populations within a variety of settings. I work with clients experiencing a wide variety of problems and difficulties  such as Abuse, Anger Management, Anxiety Disorders, Bereavement, Bullying, Cancer, Depression, Disability, Family issues, General Counselling, Health, OCD, Redundancy, Relationships, Self-harm, Self-esteem, Self-confidence, Stress, Suicidal Ideation,Trauma, Womens issues and Work related issues.

Continued Professional Development and further training are an essential and integral part of my practice. Training areas include working therapeutically with clients with Asperger’s, Safeguarding Children, Physical/Sexual/Emotional Abuse, Self-Harm, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

Clients I work with

Adults, Older Adults, Employee Assistant Programmes, Organisations, .

How I deliver therapy

Long-term face-to-face, Short-term face-to-face, Telephone Counselling, Time-limited Therapy, (Home Visits can be provided - only with a GP referral).

Sessions can be flexible to suit your needs and budget and can be weekly, fortnightly or monthly. This will be discussed with you at your initial assessment.

Training, qualifications & experience

Registered and Accredited Member of the British Association For Counselling and Psychotherapy
British Psychological Society Approved Certificate in Resource Based Therapies - Positive Therapy, Solution Focussed Brief Therapy, Motivational Interviewing (2015)British Psychological Society Approved Certificate in Essential Supervision Skills (2014)
British Psychological Society Approved Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Introductory Course) (2013)
Mixed Anxiety and Depression (A CBT Approach) (2014)
Counselling and the Autistic Spectrum/Asperger's Syndrome (2012)
How does the medical model influence Counselling and Psychotherapy by Dr Rachel Freeth  (2012)
CPCAB (Counselling and Psychotherapy Central
Awarding Body) Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and Psychotherapy 2004

Extensive Continued Professional Development - Training Workshops and courses: (Please note -This is not an Exhaustive list)

Adult Mental Health/Substance Misuse - Safeguarding Children,  Anger Management, Anti Discrimination,  Art Therapy,  Childhood Traumas,  Child Protection,  Complexities of Bereavement,  Couple Counselling,  Disability,  Domestic Violence
Drugs Awareness,  Mental Health,  Race Equality,  Recovery Training,  Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults,  Safeguarding Young People,  Schizophrenia,  Self-Harm,  Self-Esteem,  Sexual Abuse, Assessing Evidence, impact and Risk,  Therapeutic Play Therapy,
Understanding Mental Health and the Impact on Children,  Working Together with Children and Families,  What's new in Safeguarding Children

Member organisations

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Areas of counselling I deal with

  • Abuse
  • Addiction
  • Anger management
  • Anxiety
  • Asperger's syndrome
  • Bereavement
  • Bullying
  • Cancer
  • Career
  • Carer support
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
  • Depression
  • Disabilities
  • Domestic violence
  • Emotional abuse
  • Infertility
  • Low self-confidence
  • Low self-esteem
  • Miscarriage
  • Physical abuse
  • Redundancy
  • Relationship issues
  • Self-harm
  • Sexual abuse
  • Stress
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Trauma
  • Work related stress

Therapies offered

  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)Cognitive therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy

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It is probably safe to say that I was on the verge of being suicidal when I first worked with Gaynor. I had just discovered my husband was having an affair. He continued to lie about the relationship for over three months during which it was our daughters’ wedding, my birthday and our 25th wedding anniversary. From the very first session, Gaynor gave me techniques to use at home to keep me safe. It might have been a saying or an action but those were literally ‘life savers’. Once the initial horror of what was happening calmed down, I then worked on improving my own self-esteem and learning to cope with life’s ‘knocks’. I learnt how manage my anxiety (which stopped me eating) . With Gaynor’s help I was able to see that relationships I had with other members of my family were so destructive, I was unable to say clearly what I wanted (probably because I didn’t even know what I wanted – it had been beaten out of me as a child). I learnt about ME. I learnt how my own behaviours can impact on others. I learnt not to ‘rush in’ but to deliberate about what I want. I learnt to say ‘no’. I have come out of the ‘other side’ a calmer, more thoughtful, more resilient individual. I still have some way to go in terms of improving my self-esteem but I can do that in my own time. The urgency of keeping myself safe has now receded. I’m sure I could not have coped without Gaynor at the time of the discovery and subsequent lying and her continued support in my recovery has led me to be a stronger more rounded individual. I’m her biggest fan!! Counsellor Gaynor (Counselling)

April 13, 2018

"Counselling helped me to work on my abilities to cope with stress and anxiety and find a way to work on my relationships" Counsellor: Gaynor

July 2, 2017

"Counselling helped me in challenging my many negative thought processes and realising there are many positives about who I am" Counsellor: Gaynor

July 2, 2017

"I'd like to thank you personally for all your help. You've made a world or difference to my life ....Once again. I thank you. You probably saved my life" Counsellor: Gaynor

July 2, 2017

"I would like to thank Gaynor for her skills in counselling, they helped me at a very difficult time & now I have come through. Counselling has shown me that to seek help is not a weakness but about facing what life has dealt you & talking gives you the skills to cope. The rooms are very comfortable and welcoming. I would recommend this group of counsellors. Gaynor has been a rock & I thank her so much for me becoming a new & better person" Counsellor: Gaynor

July 2, 2017