About me

I am Gill Portet, a qualified Psychological Therapist. I am an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT) and I originally trained as a person-centred counsellor. 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 a Degree in Counselling, a Post Graduate Diploma in Psychological Interventions (CBT) and Advanced Level 4 Diploma in Humanistic Counselling. 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 (Improving Access to Psychological Therapy) 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 have experience of helping clients with

•Depression

•General anxiety and chronic worry

•Panic attacks

•Stress

•Social anxiety and shyness

•Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

•Health anxiety

•Phobias

•Sleep difficulties

•Low self-esteem and assertiveness

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

•Loss, bereavement and adjustment problems

•Relationship difficulties

•Improving happiness and well-being

• Work-related difficulties

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

•PTSD and trauma

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 or diabetes