About Me

Hannah GattrellI am a registered BACP counsellor and work with adults experiencing a wide range of emotional difficulties including anxiety, depression, low self esteem and relationship issues. Prior to working in private practice, I volunteered at the Oxford Counselling Centre and have previously worked with homeless or insecurely housed adults and detained asylum seekers.

My core way of working is “person centred”. This means that I trust that you – indeed all of us – have the wisdom and resources to know what changes we want to make and make them. My role is in helping you to access those resources and that wisdom. I work integratively rather than purely person centred, which means that my work is informed by a number of different theories including transactional analysis and increasingly by trauma work.  I will draw on these influences if I feel they may offer a perspective or insight which would be useful to you.

My background, prior to starting my counselling training, was as a lawyer working in a corporate environment.  The process of change for me has required me to let go of the certainty of rules, absolutes, precedents and known answers and move towards subjectivity, nuance and intuition.  I think that this is relevant as it perhaps reflects what to expect from the counselling process. It often involves a loosening or letting go of assumptions about life and ourselves and a fresh look at who we want to be. I think my process allows me to understand both the distressing and liberating feelings we sometimes have letting go of what we think we know about ourselves and stepping into the unknown.

Professional Qualifications

  • Diploma in Integrative Humanistic Counselling – 2015
  • BA Hons Law with French