Donna Gibson MBACP
I decided to pursue a career in counselling for two reasons. Firstly following a re-evaluation of my life following the death of someone close to me and a belief that I could be helpful to people who were struggling. Secondly because my own experience of counselling had been really positive. What I noticed was that it was the relationship between my counsellor and I which helped me heal. Feeling understood, accepted, validated and being trusted to find my own way forward were immensely helpful.
I am passionate about the person-centred approach to counselling and you will often find me with my head in a book or reading a paper on the subject. I also love films, especially independent and world cinema and I enjoy spending time with friends and family. At the same time I also value solitude and like to spend time on my own.
Qualifications and Experience
I am BACP Registered and hold a Foundation Degree in Counselling and Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.
My experience includes having worked with national charity Terrence Higgins Trust. I also worked with Ipswich based charities Lighthouse Women’s Aid and Survivors in Transition, a charity specialising in helping survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
I am experienced in working with a wide variety of issues including depression | anxiety | relationship issues | domestic abuse | sexual abuse | grief | loss | chronic illness. I have a special interest working with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse and non-disabled adult siblings who have grown up with a disabled sibling.
As a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, I work within their Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions. I have met their standards for registration and you can find me on the BACP Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.
Part of my commitment to ethical practice is to receive regular supervision from a qualified supervisor and I do this on a monthly basis.
Continuing Professional Development
In the last few years I have attended workshops on:
- A short guide to what every psychological therapist should know about working with psychiatric drugs
- Seminar for Counsellors on the Needs of Adult Siblings of People with a Lifelong Disability
- Integrating Dream Work in Counselling
- Understanding the Trauma of Premature Birth and Baby Loss
- Men’s Issues in Psychotherapy and Counselling Today
- Working in Private Practice with Women who have experienced Trauma and Diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder
- Trauma and the Therapeutic Relationship | Approaches to Process and Practice
- Domestic, Sexual and Honour Based Abuse
- Mindfulness and Mentalising
- Working with Aspergers
- Eating Disorders Awareness