Gabriella Benson

Gabriella Benson

Registered Member MBACP

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Therapist - Whitefield

Whitefield M45
Sessions from £60.00


  • Flexible hours available
  • Concessionary rates


I am available for private sessions on Thursdays and sundays . I offer evening sessions on both those days. 

About me and my therapy practice

I am an integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist. My main model is Person Centred therapy which is great for helping someone accept and learn to love themselves for all they are . What this means is, that I have not just one therapeutic theory or skill that I work by. My day job is working for the NHS doing assessments and treatments of common mental health problems and providing low intensity CBT. 

I incorporate skills in Mindfullness, Method of Levels, Transactional Analysis, Motivational Interviewing and some other theories and skills in have gained over my years of practice. 

I tend to work well in helping those with self esteem issues, anxiety and depression. I offer assessment session to help people understand what type of therapist would be best to support them with their issues. 

I have special interest in working with those accepting  and exploring their sexuality and race and culture . 

I have had training and have special interest in working with people who are in the perinatal period , so technically this is pregnancy or within 2 years of having a baby . But I also support those trying to get pregnant or having suffered pregnancy loss . 

I work with a lot of teenagers and young people at the moment , assisting them with accepting and forming the people they become . 

Practice description

I’m my work my clients are the expert of their experience , not me , I sit with them , exploring their world together with them . 

When appropriate I share skills and metaphors to help my client manage challenges they face, or just unpick them. 

I offer unconditional positive regard , empathy and honesty in presence. 

In my work I always aim to be warm and accepting of my clients . 

I keep an eye on the safety of my clients , often reviewing safeguarding and self harm concerns .

I am focussed on building the confidence and resilience of my clients , helping them feel more able to cope with the stresses in their lives . 

My first session

I our first session, I will do some questionnaires with you and ask you about the issues you face . We will create a ‘contract’ together, and this ensures good boundaries and safety for both of us within our work . The contract is something we produce together to make the conditions of our therapy specific to our joint needs . 

I check in with safety of yourself and others around you , and ask you questions about your goals for therapy. 

If a person chooses to have the first session as an assessment , I suggest as I would for the NHS, what NICE guidelines would recommend as a treatment model for the issues you face , so I could suggest particular types of therapy that would be helpful. 

Overall , I just try to be kind and accepting of the world that person brings with them , their views and personality is the truth in the room with me , and I just want to build a trustworthy therapeutic relationship . 

What I can help with

ADD / ADHD, Anxiety, Autism spectrum, Bereavement, Cancer, Career coaching, Child related issues, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Cultural issues, Depression, Development coaching, Disability, Health related issues, Identity issues, Infertility, LGBTQ+ counselling, Life coaching, Loss, Menopause, Neurodiversity, Personal development, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Vegan allied, Women's issues, Work related issues

Types of therapy

CBT, Emotionally focused therapy, Integrative, Neuro linguistic programming, Person centred, Solution focused brief therapy, Transactional analysis

Clients I work with

Adults, Children, EAP, Groups, Older adults, Organisations, Trainees, Young people

How I deliver therapy

Email therapy, Long term sessions, Long-term face-to-face work, Online therapy, Short term sessions, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone therapy, Text therapy, Time-limited

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