Katie Gardner Counsellor CBT/NLP/TA - Lauzun Departments 24/47

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“You are not a drop in the ocean, you are the entire ocean, in a drop” - Rumi

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Why Choose Me?

I am a qualified counsellor with over 20 years’ experience in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Transactional Analysis and Neurolinguistic Programming…CBT, TA and NLP for short, and otherwise known as the "Talking Therapies". Further information on the talking therapies can be found by clicking here.

Having trained initially with ELMWEL (East Lothian Mental Welfare) in the late '80s and then COSCA (Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland) in the mid ‘90s I have developed and honed my counselling skills over the years by continued training and research.  

Therapeutic change takes place when a person is given the opportunity to explore their issues with a therapist who is empathic, non-judgemental, open and genuine. Central to the approach is the belief that each person is able to decide the direction in which they can change and develop and that the counsellor is there to guide.  

Having experienced counselling myself, I know what it feels like: 'what will the counsellor be like?', 'will I like her/him?', 'what will I say?', 'will I get upset?'  – all sorts of questions might be buzzing around in your mind.  

To ease you in gently I am currently offering a free half-hour informal chat on the phone, no obligation, so that you can ‘try it and see’, ask any questions you have, get a feeling for how we might get along, and put your mind at rest, with no obligation to book further sessions if you feel this is not for you.

Should you decide to go ahead we can book your first consultation - please see the ‘Fees’ tab for current info. In each session you set the agenda; this is your time to talk about issues that are concerning you. But I will guide where necessary, start you off on a path that can be explored; I will really listen, empathise and check my understanding out with you.  My clarity will help you towards yours.

I will not tell you what to do or offer you solutions; as a conscientious and skilled counsellor my aim is to get you to the point of these insights and decisions for yourself.  You already know the answers – we just need to get your mind quiet enough for you to hear them for yourself.

Exploring issues together can lead to meaningful insights and helpful realisations. I work on developing a therapeutic relationship where you feel safe to explore even the most difficult and painful issues, which you may not have disclosed to anyone ever before. Talking in a safe environment can alleviate and help you understand these painful feelings, the effect they are having on your life and a possible path towards a more positive, happier future.