Bill Gray, MA (Couns.) MBACP
Finding the ‘right’ counsellor can be a confusing undertaking. I work primarily with clients suffering from anxiety and depression; but specialise in conflict, unresolved grief and loss – those issues which can play painfully over and over in your mind in a seemingly endless cycle.
Sometimes we all have things that we need help facing, figuring out, and overcoming. It might be an overwhelming life event, a crippling trauma, a transition, or life changes that may be hard to understand, move past, or accept.
How I can help
I offer a secure and supportive non-judgmental environment, where clients can feel comfortable enough to explore those issues which cause concern or distress.
My therapeutic approach is person-centred – which means I feel that you are the best expert in your own life. I won’ tell you what to do; but I will support you in the process of change and help facilitate that journey.
Therapy inevitably looks beyond presenting problems to possible underlying causes. The aim of therapy is to help you to move toward the person you want to be.
Through my training and experience, I will work with you to understand the answers you may be seeking. Whether you are struggling with a relationship or are experiencing problems at work or home, I am here to provide care, compassion and a professional approach.
As a therapist, my responsibility is to provide a safe and confidential setting in which we can work together to better understand and resolve challenges in your life.
Taking the first step toward getting help can is often the most difficult.
How did I become a counsellor?
For many years I worked in the music industry until a personal crisis prompted me to
seek help. From that experience, I derived a deeper knowledge of myself and as a consequence started on the journey to becoming a counsellor.
Through my own experience I have an understanding of how important it is to find a therapist with whom you can feel completely at ease, so feel free to call me for an informal chat.
Where I work
Coming for counselling can be stressful enough without having to worry about parking, or finding a toilet – or if it is the case, feeling uncomfortable about being in somebody’s house.
Being mindful of that, I provide a private, neutral space, in a peaceful location where clients don’t have to worry about such concerns.
I work from a comfortable purpose built studio, set in the garden of my cottage in a tranquil village six miles East of Bury St. Edmunds, with all facilities and ample parking (literally five minutes from the A14) and only 35 miles from Cambridge, and 19 miles from Ipswich.
I work during the day and can be available for evening appointments.
Training, Qualifications and Experience
I qualified as a person-centred therapist at the University of East Anglia, where I completed the BACP accredited Postgraduate Diploma in counselling.
I also hold a Master of Arts in counselling research from UEA.
As well as working in private practice, I am an associate counsellor with Mentis Tree CIC in Bury St. Edmunds. www.mentis.org.uk
In addition, I work for Suffolk Mind as a specialist dementia therapist, working with sufferers and their carers. www.suffolkmind.org.uk/dementia-counselling.asp
I have also worked with St. Barnabas Counselling Centre in Norwich and the Student Counselling Service at UEA.
I am a Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and abide by their code of ethics. I also have enhanced CRB clearance.
My fees are £50.00 for a 50 minute session. I realize that finding the ‘right’ counsellor can be a challenging process. Taking the first step toward getting help is often the most difficult.
If you have any initial questions or concerns, I would be delighted to hear from you.
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