Gillian Marchant P.G. Dip Couns, MBACP (Accred), UKRCP Registered Independent Counsellor/Psychotherapist

What is Counselling?

Counselling is an arrangement by which a counsellor meets with you, in privacy and confidence, to explore distress that you may be experiencing. This may be a particular difficulty; general dissatisfaction with life; or loss of a sense of direction or purpose. As you and the counsellor start to meet on a regular basis, a therapeutic relationship develops giving you an opportunity to be listened to objectively and genuinely heard.
Through this process you can increase self awareness. Past experience can be a factor in influencing current behaviour and as you explore issues with your counsellor, patterns of feelings, thoughts and behaviours can be considered. Counselling helps you make decisions but the counsellor will not tell you what to do.

What are the benefits?

Counselling can give you the support you need during difficult times by providing someone to talk to outside your immediate circle of friends, family and colleagues. You will neither be judged nor have ideas or opinions imposed upon you. The aim of the counselling session is to provide a safe space for self expression and an opportunity for you to feel comfortable in yourself.

Counselling is known to be effective and aid in the resolution of a large range of issues including, but not limited to:

  • Relationships difficulties
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Self harm
  • Bereavement
  • Low self confidence
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Physical/sexual abuse

Benefits from counselling may include:

  • Increased self awareness
  • Feeling more confident
  • Feeling more in control of your life
  • Feeling more fulfilled


I offer counselling from rooms in Letchworth, Hertfordshire.

My mobile number is 07772 754063 and you can email me at

If you have something on your mind and would like to talk about it, please give me a call.


The fee per session is:
  • £45 per full one hour session for one to one counselling
  • £55 per full one hour session for parent/child relationship counselling
  • £65 for one hour family therapy session
  • £35 to £45 per hour for clinical supervision
Some concessions available upon request

What to expect

Counselling sessions are usually held on a weekly basis and last for one hour. During this time you will be able to share your feelings and concerns in as much detail as you wish. Everything that is said within the session is held in the strictest confidence and treated with the greatest respect, sensitivity and discretion.

Depending on the issue you wish to resolve, you may benefit from a few sessions to help you deal with a current problem, or an in-depth personal journey to help you resolve experiences in early life.

About Gillian

I am an experienced psychodynamic counsellor whose qualifications include Post Graduate Certificate in Counselling from University of Oxford 2003 and Post Graduate Diploma, with commendation, in Psychodynamic and Person Centred Counselling at University of Hertfordshire 2006. I gained a CPD Certificate in Family Therapy, with distinction, in 2011. In addition, I continue my professional development through recognised courses, workshops and conferences. I am an Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and work according to the associations Ethical Framework for Good Practice. I am listed on the BACP directory of counsellors and the UKRCP Register of Counsellors/Psychotherapists.

I offer professional and confidential counselling to adults, young people and families on both a long and short term basis. I specialise in working with the parent/child relationship. I hold current CRB clearance.

Further Reading

The Parent/Child Relationship

Parents, children and family members can lose connection with each other, sometimes through significant events or family breakdown. When this occurs, it can result in a trail of pain and misery for all concerned. Without communication and dialogue this can be difficult to resolve. A counselling session can give the opportunity to reconnect and to start new dialogue, dissolving misunderstandings and resentment. The structure, boundaries and confidentiality of the counselling session encourages the difficult things to be said and be resolved, enabling the relationship to be repaired.