Gillian Bartlam Counsellor | The Orange Grove Clinic

Gillian Bartlam Counsellor

We are proud to welcome Norwich based counsellor Gillian Bartlam to our talking therapy team.  For the past 26 years Gillian has worked as a self-employed counsellor and counselling supervisor.  To book an appointment with Gillian, please call our reception team on 01603 631900 or you can send us a message via our contact page.  Gillian offers a free 20 minute session to all new clients, to discuss how she may be able to work with you and for you to decide whether Gillian is the right person for you to work with.

Gillian is also an experienced trainer – have a look at her upcoming Understanding Behaviour workshop group for counsellors, students and anyone interested in understanding behaviour here.

Norwich counsellor Gillian BartlamCounselling with Gillian – who does she work with?

Gillian works with all ages, including adults and children.  She has experience of working on a 1 to 1 basis with young people with drug and alcohol and dysfunctional family problems, as well as running counselling groups for sexually abused people.  Her caseloads cover every area from torture, abuse, bereavement, to depression, anxiety and family problems.

Gillian has been working within several local GP Practices, promoting the benefits of counselling as an effective complement to prescribed medicine.  She then works closely alongside GP’s to monitor progress.  When working from surgeries Gillian only has 6 sessions with her clients to give them the tools to help themselves, whereas from The Orange Grove Clinic she will have the luxury of working much more deeply.

Another area of experience is within the Probations service, running groups and liaising with various agencies such as housing and job centres. She gave advice and guidance to offenders who want to change their lives, and the nature of this work meant Gillian was faced with a wide variety of people and cases, and had to be very adaptable with both the offenders and the methods of solving problems.

Counselling Supervisor and Trainer

In addition to the hands on work with clients, Gillian is also a trainer and educator covering short courses in life skills and counselling courses to Diploma level for W.S.C Adult Education, UEA and Cambridge University. She has run many work shops all over the UK, covering: ‘How to work with sexually abused clients’, ‘Assertiveness’, ‘Stress’, ‘Meditation and relaxation’.  Gillian has spent a lot of time raising awareness through talks and publicity events to the general public, NHS Trusts and voluntary organisations.

Counsellor Gillian Bartlam Qualifications

Throughout her 25 years experience, Gillian has undertaken a variety of further training and CPD courses, to broaden her knowledge base and keep across the latest developments in talking therapy.  Her qualifications include:


Cambridge University (1987-1990) Counselling and Groupwork

ITEC Anatomy & Physiology 1992
Holistic Massage 1993
Cambridge University (1992-1993) Supervision of Counselling
Mckenna Breen licenced practitioner of NLP 1996
Newcastle College – Certificate in Life Coaching 2006
Solution Focussed Therapy at Brief and then at Children’s Services 2008
ASH- Masters in Hypnotherapy and NLP

Norwich counsellor Gillian Bartlam BACPGillian is also a member of the BACP, the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Gillian’s style of counselling

Gillian is a gregarious and outgoing person, and thrives from working within a team environment, winning support and motivation through inspiration and enthusiasm. Gillian is an open person and believes that everyone has a voice and should be heard, which is why, many years ago she headed a campaign to get a woman on the local all male council!  She can’t bear injustice and prejudice and is not afraid of standing up for it.

Appointment Fees:

The first 20 minutes session is free, during which time Gillian will explore with you how she may be able to support you.  This is also an ideal time for you to assess whether you feel that Gillian is the right counsellor for you and ask any questions you may have.

Appointment fees:  £50 per hour.

To book your first appointment with Gillian, please call our reception team on 01603 631900 or you can go to our contact page here.