Heidi Gavriel

Heidi Gavriel


Registered Member MBACP (Accredited)

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07487 523207 (Voicemail) Email Preferred

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Therapist - Potters Bar

Potters Bar EN6
07487 523207 (Voicemail) Email Preferred
Sessions from £60.00

Features

  • Concessionary rates

Availability

I see on clients on Mondays and Thursday evening.

Supervision times are flexible.

About me and my therapy practice

I am a BACP accredited psychodynamic counsellor/psychotherapist and supervisor, and a registered SandStory therapist with a wide and diverse experience of working with adults, trainees, young people and children both short and long term. I am registered with the following Health insurers/EAPs: Health Assured, Aetna, AXA, Aviva, Healix and Vitality. In addition to private practice I am a clinical supervisor for an area of school counsellors and mental health practitioners and deliver training in counselling theory and practice and other workshops. I work from a purpose-built space in a quiet residential street with parking outside. 

My approach attempts to understand your current way of being through considering the unique set of circumstances, experiences, social and cultural context and significant relationships that contribute to how you present, defend, interact and perceive yourself and others. I am interested in the whole person: connectedness between physical, emotional, mental, spiritual.

I believe that a counselling relationship can be helpful, supportive, challenging, insightful and cathartic at any stage of life when difficulties, pain or confusion arise that impact on emotional well-being or the ability to bond and connect with others, self or spirit. I offer an empathic, non-judgemental space where you may feel able to enter with me into deeper reflection/awareness, and/or freer unconscious expression that is meaningful and beneficial to you. I am always willing to incorporate creative expression/exploration into the sessions according to the needs or direction that the therapeutic work takes. e.g. sand, art, drama, dreams, sound or play and I have materials that can help facilitate this experience. Working entirely with SandStory as a medium over a course of sessions is also possible.

Practice description

Contracting with parent/guardian or young person will consider the level of competency, limits of confidentiality and safeguarding policy & procedure. Parent Consultations are also offered.

My first session

Our initial meeting/first session is a chance to gather information, understand more about her expectations and concerns and also an opportunity for us to get a sense of each other and how we could work together. Usually it takes some time to build a trusting relationship to explore feelings more openly and manage the challenges that sharing and developing greater self-awareness may bring. 

What I can help with

Abuse, Addictions, Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Cultural issues, Depression, Identity issues, Loss, Personal development, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress

Types of therapy

Creative therapy, Eclectic, Existential, Integrative, Psychoanalytic, Psychodynamic, Relational, Solution focused brief therapy

Clients I work with

Adults, EAP, Older adults, Trainee, Young people

How I deliver therapy

Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Time-limited

Supervisor - Potters Bar

Potters Bar EN6
07487 523207 (Voicemail) Email Preferred
Sessions from £60.00

Features

  • Flexible hours available

About me and my therapy practice

My supervision approach is under-pinned by the seven-eyed model (Hawkin’s & Shohet, 2012) which means I work in a way that assists the supervisee to look at their possible blind spots and focus on different permutations of relationships; the client experience, the dynamics between the counsellor and client & the inter-relational experience between us as supervisor/supervisee, fantasy relationships as well as the wider context including social constructs, sense of culture, difference and diversity. I give consideration for the developmental level of the supervisee and the supervisory relationship which may be related to training level, experience or the sense of competence with any particular client, client group or issue.

I aim to be flexible to the changing needs of the supervisee and open to working creatively or in a more structured way drawing on educative or supportive facets as appropriate. My approach draws on psychodynamic thinking and theory and incorporates knowledge and understanding of other modalities that share fundamental relational qualities. My supervisory ethos is to facilitate the supervisee to sculpt, deepen or evolve their own approach as a therapist and also develop a recognition of their supervisory needs and challenges towards being able to fully access, utilise and review supervision.

I aim to find a balance of being both supportive and challenging and make use of my own supervision and continuing professional development to ensure that I am working ethically and competently. I adhere to the BACP ethical framework but will also consult and show deference to any similar frameworks as the supervisee should be guided by.

Practice description

I supervise counsellors and psychotherapists from a range of training backgrounds face to face or via zoom. I am originally psychodynamically trained and have many years experience supervising child/play therapists, humanistic, integrative, existential trained supervisees. In addition to private practice I have experience supervising brief work of practitioners at MIND, supervision of supervision for Place2Be and teaching and facilitating groups at Regent's University, Place2Be, and The Counselling Foundation. I also support therapists who are training to become supervisors.

Types of therapy

Creative therapy, Existential, Integrative, Phenomenological, Play therapy, Psychodynamic, Relational