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Support Sessions

A one off session to discuss a specific issue that may be troubling you. For those who do not want to commit to a series of counselling sessions but could really do with a friendly ear.



Amy Walters

Amy Walters

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Registered Counselling Psychotherapist
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She/Her

Amy is a qualified counselling psychotherapist. Over the years, Amy has volunteered for school youth programmes with a focus on ethics and personal development, working for several charities and agencies. In 2008 she qualified as a counsellor and psychotherapist. Since then she has gone on to build her own practice as well as managing an affordable counselling charity in her home county of Wiltshire.

Amy has a down to earth approach to counselling, she believes that you are the expert on you, and she provides a welcoming space for clients to explore whatever they want to bring to therapy, to enable the individual to work towards becoming their most authentic self. In her sessions, Amy uses a variety of approaches and tools tailored to the client’s individual therapy goals.

Whether it’s long-term counselling or single session therapy, Amy believes that counselling can give you the space and time you need to gain clarity and understanding of who you are and what you want to achieve in life, without fear of judgement.

Training, Qualifications & Experience:
  • Foundation Degree in Humanistic Counselling
  • Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
Accreditation & Memberships:
  • BACP
Types of Sessions:

Areas of counselling: Gender, Sex & Kink Positive, Cult & Spiritual Abuse Recovery, Existential Exploration
Online - Video: Yes
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Treatment Approach:

Types of clients: Adults
Therapies offered: Long Term Counselling, Single Session Counselling, Person-centred Counselling, Existential Counselling, GenderGP Appraisal Pathway Sessions

Languages:

Language: English
Other languages:
Sign Language: No

Claire Booth

Claire Booth

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Registered Counselling Psychotherapist
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I am an experienced person-centred counsellor who has worked within a variety of settings including the NHS, private practice and community wellbeing centres. My own journey with counselling began in 2000 when I faced a traumatic event and counselling helped me manage the fallout. This opened my eyes to the ways in which the discipline can help and empower people and I became passionate about using it to help others.

Many years later, I am privileged to have helped many people with their own journeys and I have seen the positive impact it can have. This makes me even more passionate about the safe space of the counselling relationship.

Within counselling sessions, clients can talk about any problems or obstacles they may be facing, I create a space of acceptance, devoid of judgement with the goal of empowering individuals to help them to move forward. I specialise in a range of issues including: depression and anxiety, bereavement and loss, relationship issues, gender identity, fertility and miscarriage.

I keep abreast of current issues and I seek out regular professional development so that I can improve my skills and best serve my clients. I have also had specific training with regards to working remotely via video and telephone counselling sessions.

Training, Qualifications & Experience:
  • Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling - Level 5
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Person Centred Counselling
Accreditation & Memberships:
  • BACP
Types of Sessions:

Areas of counselling: Gender
Online - Video: Yes
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Treatment Approach:

Types of clients: 16+, Adults
Therapies offered: Long Term Counselling, Single Session Counselling, Person-centred Counselling, Therapeutic Counselling, GenderGP Appraisal Pathway Sessions

Languages:

Language: English
Other languages:
Sign Language: No

Jackie Swarbrick

Jackie Swarbrick

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Registered Counselling Psychotherapist
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Jackie has significant personal experience of gender diversity. Her first husband came out as trans and transitioned during the course of their relationship. This experience introduced her to the emotional and practical complexities of transition. Jackie soon became aware of the lack of support available, especially for partners and parents. This fact has been a strong driver for Jackie and motivates her work to this day. Jackie’s second husband is bi-gender and together they founded, and run, a registered charity, Safe Haven, which provides support to the transgender community in Cornwall.

Jackie facilitates support groups for transgender adults, their partners and family members, and gender questioning teenagers. She is also qualified to deliver education and training on gender diversity and awareness. Jackie is an Independent Advisor with the Devon & Cornwall Police Diversity team.

Before qualifying as a counsellor and psychotherapist, Jackie worked for Social Services for 15 years, using her person-centred approach to help young people in long-term foster care make sense of their lives and move forward in a positive way. During this time she undertook a lot of training in working with people on the Autistic Spectrum and this gives her a deep understanding of neuro diversity and its correlation with gender identity. Jackie has a down to earth, non-judgemental ethos which she finds encourages people to explore their thoughts and feelings honestly, no matter what they bring to the session.

Training, Qualifications & Experience:
  • BSc. (Hons) Social Sciences
  • Person Centred Therapy qualified to Diploma Level 5
  • Award in Education & Training Level 3
Accreditation & Memberships:
  • BACP
Types of Sessions:

Areas of counselling: Gender, Neuro Diverse, Autistic Spectrum
Online - Video: Yes
In Person: Yes
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Treatment Approach:

Types of clients: All ages, Parents, Families, Partners
Therapies offered: Long Term Counselling, Single Session Counselling, Person Centric Counselling, Therapeutic Counselling, GenderGP Appraisal Pathway Sessions

Languages:

Language: English
Other languages:
Sign Language: No

Jayne Olden

Jayne Olden

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Registered Counselling Psychotherapist
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As a fully qualified Counsellor and Clinical Hypnotherapist, with a certificate in Couples and Relationship Counselling, Jayne is highly experienced in the field of transgender care. She has been with GenderGP for four years.

Jayne was inspired to specialise in this particular branch of therapy as a result of her close friendship with her colleague, and GenderGP’s Lead therapist, Marianne Oakes. Jayne has worked closely with Marianne and her family and has experienced first hand some of the challenges that come with transition. Jayne loves to work with people of all ages and has a particular affinity with trans youths and their families. Jayne looks to get the best out of them by providing a safe, confidential space, where they can communicate their feelings and feel listened to.

Training, Qualifications & Experience:
  • Professional Counselling Diploma Level 5
  • Clinical Hypnotherapy Diploma Level 4
  • Smoking Cessation Specialist
  • Weight Management Specialist
  • Neuro Linguistic Programming Diploma
  • Couples and relationship Counselling
  • Trauma Certificate
Accreditation & Memberships:
  • BACP
  • GHR
Types of Sessions:

Areas of counselling: Gender, Smoking Cessation, Weight Management, Neuro Linguistic Programming, Couples and Relationships, Trauma, Depression, Anxiety, Grief, Loss
Online - Video: Yes
In Person: Yes
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Treatment Approach:

Types of clients: All ages, Families, Parents, Partners
Therapies offered: Long Term Counselling, Single Session Counselling, Person Centric Counselling, Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), Hypnotherapy, Trauma, GenderGP Appraisal Pathway Sessions

Languages:

Language: English
Other languages:
Sign Language: No

Marianne Oakes

Marianne Oakes

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Registered Counselling Psychotherapist
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As a fully qualified counsellor, with a post grad diploma in Gender Sexuality and Diverse Relationships, Marianne is our most experienced counsellor in the field of transgender care. She heads up our team of specialist gender counsellors at GenderGP. Marianne combines her own experiences as a trans woman with her affinity for others going through their own gender journey.

She came into this particular branch of therapy after struggling to find someone who could support her with her own transition. Marianne brings a unique insight to her practice, both from her own first hand experiences and her understanding of the impact which transition can have on families and loved ones.

She enjoys working with people of all ages, including children and their families, creating a non-judgmental space in which parents can talk openly about their own issues in relation to their child’s transition.

Training, Qualifications & Experience:
  • Person-Centred Therapy qualified to Diploma Level 5
  • GSRD (Gender, sexuality and relationship diversity) qualification 2yr Post grad diploma with Pink Therapy.
  • Hypnotherapy qualification Diploma Level 4
Accreditation & Memberships:
  • BACP
Types of Sessions:

Areas of counselling: Gender, Sexuality, Relationship Diversity, Trauma, Depression, Anxiety, Grief, Neuro Diverse
Online - Video: Yes
In Person: Yes
Phone:
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Treatment Approach:

Types of clients: All ages, Families, Parents, Partners
Therapies offered: Long Term Counselling, Single Session Counselling, Person Centric Counselling, GenderGP Appraisal Pathway Sessions

Languages:

Language: English
Other languages:
Sign Language: No

Tilly Storr

Tilly Storr

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Title:
Registered Counselling Psychotherapist
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Tilly has been a qualified counsellor since 1986 so her involvement with sexual and gender diversity started well before words like ‘gay’ or ‘trans’ were used or widely understood. She has a wealth of experience as a GSRD (Gender, Sexuality and Relationship Diversities) Therapist which she brings to the GenderGP family. She initially worked with survivors of child sexual abuse but her energy and commitment to therapy-for-all took her on a path of continuous professional development.

She has had a diverse career. This has included supporting offenders and addicts in prison and working as a Needs Assessor for the Open University.

Trained as a person-centred counsellor, Tilly has, over the years, combined this work with research into autism, dyslexia, speech and language, and mental health. She believes that understanding these conditions and the associated difficulties has complemented her holistic approach as a counsellor and therapist.

Tilly continues in private practice but the primary focus of her work now is in relationships, gender and sexual diversity.

Training, Qualifications & Experience:
  • Counselling Supervision (Cambridge 2008)
  • Psychologist and Psychometrist (Cambridge Dept. of Psychiatry 1996)
  • Diploma (Dist.) Erickssonian Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy (BHR) 1995
  • Diploma (Dist.) NLP and Cognitive Therapy (BHR) 1995
  • Diploma, Counselling Skills & Theory (CST; 1993/94)
  • BA (Hons) Psychology 1986
Accreditation & Memberships:
  • BACP
  • GSRDT
  • MAiiP Individual Psychology and Adlerian Counselling Therapist
Types of Sessions:

Areas of counselling:
Online - Video: Yes
In Person: Yes
Phone:
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Treatment Approach:

Types of clients: All ages
Therapies offered: Long Term Counselling, Single Session Counselling, Person Centric Counselling, GenderGP Appraisal Pathway Sessions

Types of Sessions:

Language: English
Other languages:
Sign Language: No