Image of scenic coastline to illustrate counselling in Plymouth with Carolyn GillanCounselling in Plymouth, Devon

Welcome to counselling in Plymouth with Carolyn Gillan, a BACP Accredited Counsellor.

Whether you want to overcome depression, manage stress or anxiety, or need some support during a difficult time in your life, counselling could be the answer.

As a counsellor, my goal is to help you make beneficial, long-lasting changes as quickly as possible. Change does take time but it needn’t take many months or years. It’s amazing how quickly you can get your life back on track when you’re really committed to change.

“I am amazed at how well I now feel and completely different to a few weeks ago.  Thank you so much.”

If you’d like to know more about how counselling might be able to help you, or you’d like to book an appointment, you can find my contact details here.

What can counselling help with?

If you’d like to arrange an appointment for counselling, you can find my contact details here.

Professional, accredited counselling in Plymouth

I’m an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). This means that I have, “been deemed to meet the standard of a competent, ethical and independent practitioner.” ~ BACP I’m also a qualified hypnotherapist, which enhances my ability to tailor therapy to your individual needs. You can read more about hypnotherapy here.

What is counselling?

Counselling gives you an opportunity to talk with a trained professional, in privacy and confidence, about any issues that are distressing you. You may want to talk about a specific problem or more general feelings of dissatisfaction with your life. We can’t change your past but counselling can help you gain new perspectives on your problems so that you can move forward in a more positive way. As your counsellor, my role isn’t about telling you what you should or shouldn’t do. It’s about helping you to explore possible solutions and make the right choices for you so that you can take control back over your life.

Getting the most out of your counselling sessions

To get the most out of the process:

  • share your thoughts and feelings openly;
  • raise any questions, doubts or concerns you might have during counselling or therapy;
  • complete any homework tasks as best as you can.

Are there any risks?

You may experience a wide range of thoughts, feelings and reactions during counselling. These can be either positive or negative, and will vary in type and intensity according to individual differences and circumstances. Therefore, you may notice some changes in your thinking, your emotions or in your physical well-being. This is usually quite normal and we’ll discuss this during the sessions.

How long does it take?

Each session lasts one hour but the number of sessions required varies from person to person. Work on specific problems may take only a few weekly sessions, whereas deep-rooted problems are likely to take longer.

Confidentiality

I follow strict guidelines around confidentiality and will discuss this with you at our first meeting. However, there are some general exceptions to confidentiality:

  • where there is a risk of harm to yourself or others;
  • under the Prevention of Terrorism Act;
  • under subpoena or summons as a witness in a law court.