Gail Walker believes that we experience life, and our feelings in a unique way and at times our internal and external worlds can be hard to understand and express. Gail offers clients a warm and empathetic space where difficult emotions can be shared and valued in a supportive, genuine and non-judgmental environment.
At the core of Gail’s work is her focus on developing an ethical and trusting professional relationship with her clients. She uses an integrative approach to therapy, drawing upon the exploration of both immediate issues affecting the present and longer term issues by looking at patterns of thought and behaviour that may have been established from emotional experiences in the past. Focusing on each client’s individual and personal needs, Gail’s person-centred therapeutic approach aims to help clients discover their own answers. She understands that the process may seem daunting or even bring about distress. Gail endeavours to support her clients in gaining self-understanding and self-acceptance; enabling them to move forward more positively in life and reach their full potential.
From a business management background, Gail appreciates that everyday demands in terms of managing tight deadlines and the expectations of others can become stressful and emotionally draining. After years of training and mentoring large teams throughout her career, Gail’s skills in effective communication, support and individual nurturing led her to retrain as a counsellor. She has a keen interest in supporting clients experiencing stress, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, anger or fear in their personal and professional lives.
Gail is an integrative counsellor, operating under the ethical framework and membership of BACP. Her approach is person-centred and psychodynamic focused, meaning she always places her client’s needs first, exploring conscious and unconscious feelings that may be influencing their present. She works within The Awareness Centre’s NHS counselling service in Wandsworth, and is currently working towards a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.