Gerry Virgo

I am a counsellor with a wide variety of interests.  I have worked with people with growth and development as a focus for 20 years.   I was the counselling services manager for a youth agency for some years.  Now, I work as an independent counsellor, using EMDR, with a wide range of people and issues.

I am passionate about being involved with people to bring out the best in each of us.  When I am with people I celebrate each moment of growth and insight.  It seems fundamental to me that each of us has a contribution to make and that this comes most freely when we accept and value ourselves just the way we are.  With commitment the changes that transform become a reality.

I am a hugely curious person. As a scientist by background, I am fascinated by what happens when we communicate.  What most engages me is the flow between us, in our relating, in our emotions and also in our own physical being.  I am greatly influenced by The Human Awareness Institute (HAI), an organisation which focuses on community and relationship in the context of love, intimacy and sexuality.

Earlier in my life, I worked as a toxicologist and a teacher.  I was fortunate to grow up on a farm in deepest rural Lincolnshire and was the first of my family to go to university.  I still enjoy the memories of herding cattle and stacking straw but now I confine myself to herding cats and the planting and care of a hedge of native tree species.



  • BACP (Accr)
  • EMDR UK & I (Member)

EMDR Institute Inc

  • Certificate of Completion EMDR Basic training

EMDR  Europe

  • EMDR advanced skills and Child Training

Person Centred Therapy Britain

  • Diploma in Person Centred Therapy

University of East Anglia

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education

University of Lancaster

  • BA Biology
  • PhD Ecology