Welcome to The Counselling Moment

Welcome to The Counselling Moment

Confidential, Effective Listening


Confidential, Effective Listening


Welcome to The Counselling moment. 

Based in Shoeburyness, Essex, The Counselling Moment offers you a place of safety, warmth, compassion and understanding to enable you to reconnect to your true self. 

You have the unique ability to discover your true self if given the time, space and empathy to explore how you truly feel without feeling judged or mis-understood.

By building a professional relationship based on trust and respect, you will learn to re-build your self-esteem and confidence to live your life in the now, the present moment that enables you to understand yourself.

Counselling can help you to overcome many emotional issues; anxiety, depression, stress, problematic eating, lack of self-esteem/confidence, abuse, loss, bereavement, alcohol and drug use. 

By taking the first steps on your journey of self-discovery you can choose to move forward at your own pace whilst fully supported in a caring space of listening and reflection.

About Gill


welcome to the counselling moment


My name is Gillian Cowan.

I am a fully qualified accredited Psychotherapist / counsellor, and a member of the BACP and IPTUK. I have experience working with individuals, couples and groups. I have worked within the NHS, prison environment, private sector, charities, Employment Assistance Programmes and drug and alcohol teams.

I feel extremely passionate about this work as I have been through difficult life experiences myself, which has led me to where I am today working as a professional helping others.

I fully appreciate how difficult the journey may be and how that first step can be so challenging. It is never easy to face up to certain issues and to make changes in our lives. I hope to be able to use the knowledge and skills I have gained so far to help my clients to live a more rewarding life with the aim of improving the quality of their relationships.

I feel effective therapy depends wholly on the degree to which the counsellor is genuine and real. This in turn encourages clients to be self-governing and empowered within, enabling them to gain a better understanding of themselves. 

Treating my clients with compassion, kindness and respect, never judging and always trying to gain greater understanding , I offer honesty and support.

I feel this work is an honour and a privilege. 

Thank you for visiting my website.



Supervision for Counsellors, Psychotherapists

Supervision is a space for support, encouragement, exploration, learning, creativity, challenge and discovery. It offers an opportunity for growth through the reflective space created by working with a qualified and experienced supervisor.

My aim and responsibility as a supervisor is to promote and facilitate highly competent, ethical practice. This work is guided by the requirements and frameworks of BACP, IPTUK and/or your own professional body. We will work together to help you to reach your full potential as a professional.

I will be mindful and respectful of your individuality, your theoretical model, level of experience and working environment. My integrative / Person Centred knowledge, ongoing clinical practice and professional development means that I have a good knowledge of a wide range of theories, although I believe that learning is a life-long process for us all. 

I have a Diploma in Integrative approach, distinction in advanced certificate in clinical Supervision for Counsellors / Psychotherapists working within the NHS and the private sector. 

I am very passionate about my work and love sharing knowledge and understanding and anything we do not know we shall find out together as I was taught “no question is a silly question” it is all relevant for personal and professional growth. 

My therapy room is quiet and calm enabling you to have time to reflect on your own self-awareness and understanding. 

I also appreciate it can be financially challenging at times training to be a therapist, so students are always welcome and concessions are available.

Learn More


Please contact me for more information or to make an appointment. 

Look forward to meeting you. 



what my clients have said about me

"I will always appreciate your support in helping me understand and come to terms with some issues"

"To Gill, I cant thank you enough for the support, advise and help you have given to me . You have been a massive inspiration to me and I have so much respect for you. Wishing you luck and happiness for your future"

"To Gill, Thank you for all your help over the last few weeks, It has really made a difference to my everyday life, you have helped me to understand a lot of things and how to help me deal with not only situations but how to look at them in a different light , I can’t thank you enough you are amazing at what you do"

"Thank you Gill for giving me the opportunity to discover ME again. Essex should be proud to have such a wonderful person as you looking after people who need the inspiration to help them along life’s long path"

"Dear Gill, thank you ever so much for everything I really could have not done it with out you. You are truly a very wonderful special lady who is fab at her job and so kind and down to earth. The only counselor I have ever opened up to"

"Dear Gill, I just wanted to say thank you so much for your patience and kindness that you have shown me over the last couple of months. You have been so easy to talk to, a great listener and a good motivator and I really am grateful for the productive sessions we had together. Definitely onward and upwards from here"

"To Gill, Thank you for all your help over the last few weeks, It has really made a difference to my everyday life, you have helped me to understand a lot of things and how to help me deal with not only situations but how to look at them in a different light , I can’t thank you enough you are amazing at what you do"

"Gill, finding out at 18 years old that you will never be able to have children was one of the hardest things I thought I would ever have to go through. I was wrong. That title now goes to the journey of IVF that my fiance and I have been on for the last 2 years. 

Going through fertility treatment, it can feel as though your life is on hold and it is hard to move forward or plan your future. Sometimes you feel as though you cannot confide in anyone who will understand what you are going through. Thankfully for us we had Gill to help us through those moments whereas a couple and individually, we needed somebody to talk to. 

If you are going through IVF as an individual or as a couple, we highly recommend speaking to Gill. We cannot thank her enough for her kindness, compassionate ear and emphatic understanding at the times when we truly needed it. She was able to understand every thought and feeling we were facing and helped us overcome the continuous obstacles that stood in our way. 

We are now at the other side of our journey, 3 months pregnant. We cannot thank Gill enough and her warmth and care will never be forgotten."

Areas I Cover

Anxiety, depression and stress


loss and Bereavement


Relationship issues, separation and betrayal


illness, addiction


self harm, bullying


family issues, fertility and ivf



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