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Gloucestershire Counselling Services

GCS offers Introductory and Professional Counselling training courses, an extensive CPD portfolio, Child, Adolescent & Family courses led by The GCS-Tavistock & Portman Partnership as well as highly acclaimed Supervision groups & courses.



Introduction to Counselling & Listening Skills (ITC)

Our entry level course for those who would like to develop their listening skills and explore counselling skills. We run these courses throughout the year.

The GCS Introduction to Counselling & Listening Skills course (ITC) has been running for many years and receives consistently excellent feedback. The course provides an overview of the counselling process as well as training in core listening and counselling skills.

Listening is a key life-skill that everyone engages in, whether consciously or not and it is a skill that everyone can develop and master at a deeper level. Participants regularly report that this course has enabled them to have more meaningful conversations, enhanced their relationships – both at home and work and it has opened up a deeper self-awareness.

This course offers an enjoyable and enriching personal development activity and it can also be a first step to further training, potentially marking the beginning of your journey to becoming a trained, professional counsellor. Delivered by qualified and experienced counsellors, the ITC provides participants with a professional and rich learning experience.

This is a 2-day course. Saturday and Sunday, 10.00am - 4.00pm. They are held at different venues throughout the year. Please check on our website for locations.


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Working therapeutically with Suicide and Suicidal Ideation

The workshop aims to enable us to think about suicide and increase our understanding of this complex subject while exploring the meaning behind this powerful act. It intends to help us to understand its individual nature. It also examines the destructive aspects and the unconscious intentions and fantasy behind the act, both as an act for and against the self.  

The aim of the workshop is to engage thinking about suicide so that clinical practitioners can gain greater awareness and understanding of suicide in order that they can assess and work more confidently with suicidal patients where clinically indicated and face the fears associated with suicide.


Working with the Male Psyche

  • How do you think about the male psyche in your work?
  • What does your countertransference tell you with a male client?
  • How do you think about your countertransference to a man in your work?
  • Do you feel differently working with a man to a woman?

 These are just some of the areas we will explore together. Working within a Transactional Analysis framework, with some psychoanalytical influence the workshop will be experiential.


Exploring Transgender Identities: A Psychoanalytic View

This seminar will provide an overview of some of the clinical and ethical challenges facing clinicians working with individuals who identify as transgender. It will cover some of the research findings as well as the way that psychoanalysis approaches transgender identities. There will be time for discussion of how to best support individuals exploring their gender identity. 

It will provide an up-to-date overview of the clinical and ethical challenges for clinicians supporting individuals who identify as transgender. 


Guilt and Shame

Clinicians in the field of psychotherapy and counselling know a great deal about guilt and shame. Many people coming for help are weighed down and oppressed by these feelings, which spoil their lives but from which they cannot seem to escape. 


Privilege and Otherness: Developing a Language for Practitioners

This workshop will cover first of all a presentation for an hour around issues of difference, diversity, privilege and otherness, all through an intersectional lens, before encouraging ourselves to look at our own issues of privilege and otherness through the language of dreams, creativity and drawing, and also helping us to look at our own experience of privilege and otherness.


Not another trauma training! I’m traumatised out!

What is happening to mental health services right now? In addition to the impact of world instability and national inequality we face the impact of Covid. We no longer have the luxury of living in a different space to our clients. We all face the fear of death of loved ones or ourselves and the fear of separation through isolation and hospital. There is no end in sight.

  • Who helps the helpers?
  • What helps us?

 Sometimes helping others allows us respite from our own pain. Sometimes it exacerbates it. Take time to invest in a reflection moment.