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About Me

Before becoming a counsellor, I pursued a career as a teacher, so after university, I worked with children and young people extensively. It was during this time that I began working with children and young people with various Mental Health issues, and I realised that this was the area in which I wished to work. Subsequently, I have worked for over nine years with children and adults with Mental Health issues. I also have experience with a wide range of issues including low self-esteem, low confidence, anxiety, relationship issues, abuse, bereavement and grief, work pressures, bullying, depression and military service family life pressures.

I also currently volunteer at a charity offering counselling and support to children and young adults with a variety issues, from general anxiety issues to sexual abuse.

What I offer;
Sometimes it can be difficult to speak to those we know as we fear being judged or fear that we could place unnecessary burdens upon them. What I can offer you is a safe, welcoming and confidential place to explore those issues. I offer Person-Centred counselling; this means that I am non-judgemental and I won’t tell you what to do. I will, however, provide understanding, empathy, acceptance and warmth. Together we will explore the things that are troubling you to help you to gain insights into your situation. Counselling is designed to give you the tools to build up your self-confidence and self-esteem and empower you to help find a way towards self-healing and personal growth. There are some things in life that cannot be changed, but we can alter the way we feel about them; our journey together will help you manage your emotions around these experiences in a more positive way. I am bound by confidentiality in our sessions, so you can feel free to talk openly and know all that is said will remain confidential.

Please feel to view my other profile on the HACP website; https://hacp.co.uk/business-directory/3778/abby-van-gerven/

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Charities I work with

  • Mates in Mind

Qualifications & Experience

Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling, qualification; Diploma in Counselling Skills and Theory; Certificate in Hypnotherapy and Counselling Skills; Certificate in Safeguarding; First Aid; Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Health and Fitness; DBS Cleared.

What I can help with

  • Abuse – Emotional, Physical, Sexual
  • Addiction (e.g. Alcohol, Computer games, Drugs, Food, Gambling, Sex, Smoking)
  • Adolescence
  • Adoption
  • Ageing and related issues
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Assertiveness / Self-confidence / Self-esteem
  • Autism & Aspergers Syndrome
  • Bereavement / Loss
  • Bullying
  • Carers
  • Cultural issues
  • Depression
  • Disability
  • Divorce & Separation
  • Eating disorders
  • Family
  • Financial difficulties
  • Gender identity
  • Generally unhappy with your life
  • Illness and dying
  • Mindfulness
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Phobias
  • Post-traumatic stress (PTSD)
  • Pregnancy related issues
  • Relationships
  • Self-harm
  • Sexuality Identity
  • Shyness / Social Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Suicidal feelings
  • Trauma
  • Violence/ Victim support
  • Young people and children

Languages Spoken

English only

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Clients I work with

  • Adults
  • Young People & Children
  • Organisations

How I practice

  • Online
  • Short-Term
  • Telephone
  • Long Term
  • Face To Face

What I charge

*Free 30 Minute Consultation *£40 Per Session *15% Discounts for Forces families and Students

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