Geraldine Purcell Williams
Counselling & Psychotherapy
Hello, my name is Geraldine and I am an Accredited and Registered Counsellor/Psychotherapist with the BACP. I have been in Independent practice for over 15years. Prior to my training as a psychotherapist I worked in an acute hospital setting as a Snr Sister for 17yrs. This background and experience is a great asset in my present work with clients.
My counselling/psychotherapy approach is Integrative, which combines Humanistic and Person-Centered Psychology with strong influences and training over the years in other modalities ie;
- Adlerian Individual Psychology
- Brief Strategic Therapy
- Life Coaching
- Oncology Counselling (Cancer)
- Bowlby`s Attachment Theories and its significance when choosing a partner.
I believe that a knowledge of other paradigms and an integration of therapeutic perspectives, provides the best vantage point from which to help clients. I work collaboratively with those who come to see me, and believe that the quality of the therapeutic relationship, predominantly influences outcomes
It is understandable that many feel uneasy and somewhat daunted when beginning therapy. Finding words and feelings with what has hitherto been minimised, denied, or not verbalized can be a painful process. Once over that initial hurdle, it becomes easier to open up, and the rewards can be life changing for many.
Outside my Practice in Bassett Rd. I also spent many years working part time for the well-known Charity, Breast Cancer Care, providing emotional support and specialist information for those affected by breast Cancer. I have facilitated workshops for the staff of Age U.K. on Death and Dying and dealing with the Elderly. I have also given workshops for The Parkinson`s Society for Younger People Living with Parkinson`s. I’m an affiliated senior member of the Royal Society of Medicine.
My areas of expertise are:
- Anxiety and Depression
- Anger Management
- Bereavement and Loss
- Cancer, and other life changing illnesses
- Dealing with change
- Panic attacks
- Relationship and family issues
- Social Phobias
- Work related difficulties
More about therapy.
Recent research shows that the old model of human brain is no longer relevant. We now know that that the brain can generate new cells (neurogenesis) as well as creating new neural pathways. We once believed that pathways became permanently fixed around the age of 40, the good news is, that new neural cells can be generated throughout life as well as neural pathways.
Why does this matter? Because this phenomenon applies to emotional states i.e. Anxiety/Depression. If someone has a history of these conditions, chances are that the neural pathways have become wired for these default states. This is not to blame the sufferer, we know that there are many reasons why this happens, from genetic susceptibilities, to environmental and lifestyle factors.
Through therapy and insight, tools can be developed to change these states over time. The anxiety/depressive pathways can become gradually transformed through help in choosing changed ways of thinking and outlook. Of course, these changes are not easy and certainly will not happen overnight, but possible through concentrated focus, dedication and commitment.
What to Expect
During the first session, we take time to ascertain what you want from coming to see me, and what you are aiming for.
Counselling is used for short term work where current problems need immediate attention. Psychotherapy is more appropriate when established ways of coping, usually developed in childhood, are no longer helpful.
We form beliefs, behaviours, and strategies at an early age, and shape ourselves through our family and our environment. While some of these beliefs may work well, as we mature into adulthood, some can start to work against us. Some of these beliefs are so deep seated and embedded that we can be unaware and blind as to why life feels so difficult. They sadly can prevent us from engaging fully in life, or intimate relationships. Therapy can help to uncover these unhelpful deep-rooted beliefs, with a view to change and living a more integrated life.
The sessions are weekly, and importance of adhering to a regular time and day is recommended and is an important part of the therapy. If we agree that it looks possible for us to work together I usually suggest four to six sessions to begin with, and then review the situation.
My aim as a counsellor/psychotherapist is to relate with those who come to see me in everyday language, in a clear transparent and discerning manner, where mutual respect is a given.
If you think I can be of help please do not hesitate to give me a call in complete confidence on;
020 89693057 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org