Dr Gillian Proctor
Based at Bingley
Gillian has had 22 years of working within the NHS, with adults across a wide range of difficulties, from primary care to forensic services. She is a person-centred psychotherapist and author with a special interest in power, politics and social justice and an interest in and commitment to ethics and values in therapy. She is passionate about working in therapy with all problems involved in being human, responding to each unique person in each relationship, where she experiences that authenticity can be mutually transformational.
She has particular experience and interest in working with people who have experienced childhood abuse and neglect, people who have been labelled with Borderline Personality Disorder and people who self-injure. She takes a critical and feminist stance towards diagnosis, aiming to understand the unique experience of each person. She won an award in primary care innovation with the Health Services Journal for a service she set up providing medical treatment in primary care for people who self-injure. The feedback from the people who used this service about their experience of empathic care was very rewarding.
She also has a special interest in working with women who have experienced difficult pregnancy or traumatic birth, where this has an ongoing effect on a woman’s life and relationships and where she may be in fear of getting pregnant again. This interest has developed from her own experience of a traumatic birth and the lack of understanding and emotional support available within maternity services.
As a therapist, she believes the client is the expert in their unique life and perspective, and her aim is to facilitate the client to use the therapy for what they need, whether that is for increased self-understanding, or to feel heard, supported and understood, or to explore a particular experience(s) and its impact, or any number of possibilities. This need may not be clear and part of an ongoing discussion and may change over the course of therapy. Gillian will do her best to be with the client in every moment in therapy, aiming to follow where they wish to go, without taking power-over the client by imposing any agenda or idea of what therapy should be. She is a person in the therapy relationship too, and she aims to be as open and transparent as possible about her thoughts and feelings concerning therapy, actively encouraging questions from the client.
She loves writing and is the author of two books: ‘The dynamics of power in counselling and psychotherapy: Ethics, politics and power’ (PCCS Books 2002) and ‘Ethics and values in counselling and psychotherapy’ (Sage 2014). She is a research supervisor with several universities and training institutes and offers teaching and training, particularly on the subjects of ethics and values in therapy and research. She particularly loves facilitating encounter groups and self-help groups.
She is a member of the BPS, the BACP, BAPCA and registered with the HCPC. She received a B.A. Hons. in psychology from Cambridge University in 1991, an M.Sc. in Clinical Psychology in 1996 and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 1999 from the University of Leeds.
She is a single parent to a boy and relaxes by playing in an orchestra, swimming and playing tennis.
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