Geraldine Southgate

Registered Member MBACP (Accredited)

Languages spoken: English

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Therapist - Orpington

Orpington BR6
Sessions from £50.00


  • Flexible hours available
  • Concessionary rates


I will be offering sessions from Monday 11th September 2021. However, I would welcome being contacted prior to that.

Sessions will be available during weekdays with some  early evening availability.

Arrangements for out- of-hours contact would be discussed individually.

I am happy to offer telephone sessions, Zoom, or face- to - face sessions within the safety guidelines for Covid.

About me and my therapy practice

Choosing a counsellor is a lot like shopping. You know you need something but you may not be sure quite what. You begin the process of ‘window shopping’, doing your research, comparing prices, location, choices available. You step into a shop or two, try a few things to get the best ‘fit’ for you, and then you make your choice.

I have  worked as a counsellor for 37 years - in the charity sector (London Brook Advisory Centres), in primary health care (GP surgeries) and in education ( primary and secondary schools and a local college) - so pretty much with all age groups and with most problems, issues and concerns that we may encounter in our lives.

I am an accredited member of the BACP who has, over the years, developed a broad, eclectic way of working as I do not believe there is a one- size-fits-all therapy. Every client is unique, and will have a particular idea as to how many sessions they would like to have and a particular preference as to how they would like to work - conversationally, creatively, practically, plumbing the depths of their past, staying in the here- and- now, developing goals for the future.

Please do ring me to have a discussion about what you are looking for from counselling, and if what I know and how I work is a good ‘fit’ for you.

I also welcome enquiries from trainee counsellors who are looking for personal therapy or supervision.

Practice description

I cut my counselling ‘teeth’ at London Brook where we made every session count, in case our clients only came the once.

My G.P. surgery clients were offered six to eight sessions, demonstrating how time-limited work can really focus the mind and move the therapy along, be enough in itself or be a stepping stone on to further therapy. 

My school counselling fitted within a twelve to fifteen session framework, although some students dipped in and out of counselling throughout their school life.

All this to say to say that I offer the skills and flexibility to work in a brief, time- limited or longer term way.

Although I trained as an Integrative counsellor I have become more eclectic over the years, absorbing elements from different approaches, and offering a counselling experience which is responsive to the unique needs and wishes of each client.

Goals are formulated and worked towards; regular reviews check how we are doing, keep us focused and on track; endings are planned for.

My first session

After an initial telephone conversation ( in which we will have discussed matters of frequency  and length of sessions and how they will be delivered; cost; privacy, confidentiality and safeguarding boundaries, etc ) our first session will be  an exploration… an experience of a counselling session with me… and the option to book further sessions, take some time to think things over, or perhaps to say it is not for you at this moment.

What I can help with

Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Depression, Health related issues, Identity issues, Loss, Personal development, Relationships, Self esteem, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Brief therapy, CBT, Eclectic, Integrative, Person centred, Psychodynamic, Solution focused brief therapy

Clients I work with

Adults, Older adults, Trainee, Young people

How I deliver therapy

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