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I have experience of helping clients with:

• Depression

• General anxiety & chronic worry

• Panic attacks

• Stress

• Social anxiety & shyness

• Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

• Health anxiety

• Phobias

• Sleep difficulties

• Low self-esteem & assertiveness

• Chronic pain, medically unexplained symptoms & long-term health problems

• Loss, bereavement & adjustment

• Relationship difficulties

• Improving happiness and well-being

• Work-related difficulties

• Pre- and post-natal depression, anxiety & adjustment

• Trauma & PTSD


Gill Portet - Psychological Therapist

I am a qualified Psychological Therapist. I originally trained as a person-centred counsellor and I am an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT).

I am a member of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP) and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). My qualifications include the Advanced Level 4 Diploma in Humanistic Counselling, a Degree in Counselling, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Psychological Interventions (CBT).  

In addition to this, I attend regular courses to continue my professional development and learning, most recently completing a three week top-up training course in working with patients with Long Term Conditions and qualifying as a CBT Supervisor at the University of Surrey. I have over 12 years’ experience working in a range of clinical settings, working with a wide range of clients’ presenting problems. 

As well as working as a private therapist, I have worked for many years as a Psychological Therapist and Supervisor within West Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, both in a Primary Care role and within a Multi-Disciplinary Community Team.  I currently work within the West Sussex specialist NHS IAPT* Time to Talk Health team supporting patients with a variety of long term health conditions. Prior to training as a therapist, I worked for many years in a variety of senior marketing services roles in Design and PR agencies in London.

I take a person-centred approach to my work with clients, focussing on their goals with an understanding of their knowledge of themselves, in order to develop a bespoke approach to treatment.  I firmly believe it’s the relationship we develop together in therapy that heals and I work hard to listen and understand each client and the particular life journey they are on.

I also have a particular interest in and experience of:

  • working with older adults

  • supporting patients with a diagnosis of a long-term condition such as cardiac problems, COPD, muscular skeletal pain or diabetes

*IAPT - Improving Access to Psychological Therapy