Wednesday, 10 June 2015

60 SECONDS INTERVIEW: Deborah Gildersleeves

STILLWATERS is a new therapy centre, based at The Elms, Charmouth, focussing on psychological wellbeing. The centre is run by founder, Deborah Gildersleeves, who is a fully qualified, registered and insured psychotherapist and hypnotherapist. Deborah has over 20 years’ experience working with the military community and can help clients with a wide range of psychological issues - everything  from relationship difficulties, bereavement, anxiety and depression to low self-esteem and phobias.

TELL us more about the therapy available at Stillwaters...
For the past eight years, I’ve been working with military casualties and I’ve gained specialist knowledge and experience in the field of post traumatic stress and issues around acquired disability. This has enabled me to help people who may be struggling to cope with traumatic events, or are dealing with a disability following an accident or incident.
Stillwaters Therapy Centre also offers a range of complementary therapies and workshops alongside psychotherapy and counselling to enable people to heal their mind, body and soul.

HOW can therapy help? 
Everyone will experience things at some time in their lives which will leave them feeling confused or emotionally vulnerable. Counselling offers a safe and secure environment to explore those thoughts and feelings. It can help you make sense of what has happened so you can cope better and go forward.

WHY is your wellbeing so important?
Psychological and physical wellbeing are important as if we’re feeling okay within ourselves, we are able to form healthy relationships, make decisions which are good for us and realise our own potential.

WHAT type of treatment is available?
A counselling relationship is very much an equal partnership and, as such, the number of sessions will depend upon the issues being experienced. It’s essential that someone feels they have time to build trust and rapport with their therapist.  You are then able to explore where the therapeutic pathway is taking you and when you both feel the work is complete. I also believe in being as creative as possible. One size does not fit all, so I’ll tailor the therapeutic approach to fit with the client. I can offer one-to-one or couple counselling sessions, whatever works best for you. And group workshops and support groups are being planned for the near future.

WHAT about costs?
My psychotherapy and counselling costs around £40 per hour. Other individual therapists at Stillwaters will be able to discuss their own rates with you. Counselling and complementary therapy rooms are also available for therapists to hire from £35 per half day and the meeting room rate is negotiable, subject to availability.

WHY did you choose Charmouth?
I’m often asked why I’ve set up the therapy centre in Charmouth. I’ve loved West Dorset and its natural beauty for as long as I can remember, and I’ve observed how many of my clients were able to find solace in being by the coast - so it seemed to be a natural choice. The opportunity to take clients out onto the beach to teach them mindfulness strategies to cope with their symptoms is very special and unique.

HOW do you keep yourself well and healthy?
I take full advantage of living and working in such a beautiful part of the UK. And having just adopted a ‘miniature’ great dane called Lunar, I’m walking the cliffs at least twice a day. It’s a perfect way to unwind and meet lots of people.

HOW can I get in touch?
For more information or appointments, please contact Stillwaters Therapy Centre, The Elms, Charmouth, Dorset DT6 6LN. Call 01297 561463 or 07585 173854.

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