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'Self-Compassion' © Gabbie Cailes 2018


  • Diploma in Humanistic and Integrative Counselling at Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling (BCPC), a nationally recognised organisation approved by BACP.

  • Foundation Certificate in Psychotherapy and Counselling (BCPC).

  • PGCE in Primary Teaching

  • BA Hons in Illustration

  • I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by their ethics and code of conduct.

I work as a Humanistic and Integrative Counsellor
in private practice and in an agency.

The ‘Humanistic’ style of working is primarily person-centred and means that I create a safe space to focus on you as an individual and a whole person without judgement. I work alongside you to support your development and growth as a human being. ‘Integrative’ means that I am professionally trained and have experience of working with other counselling approaches. This flexibility allows us to create a space and way of working that feels suited to your individual needs.

Alongside the person-centred, relational approach, I offer a psychodynamic way of working, which allows links to be made from past (often childhood) experience and patterns, to the issues that arise in the here and now.

I'm inspired by neuroscience and how this has informed us about trauma, human survival strategies and the importance of attunement. Importantly, how our bodies and minds work together in our individual and relational systems.

My background is in art and teaching. I believe in the power of creativity as a form of self-expression and therefore feel it can be linked to therapy. I often use metaphor as a language to explore the self and experience.

I also work as a counsellor for Kinergy, which is a specialist charity supporting survivors of sexual abuse and sexual violence.

My experience of working with trauma has brought about an understanding that this is something experienced by most of us in different ways, but it isn’t always recognised. Trauma isn't the events that happen to us, but rather what happens inside us as a result of those external events. Trauma disconnects us from ourselves and counselling can be an important step in the journey of healing and reconnecting to our authentic selves.

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"Until we find peace within ourselves we will never find peace with each other."
Peter Levine

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