Jeffer Wright, MSc in Counselling, MBACP
I work in Montpelier, just a few minutes' walk from the Gloucester Road at Stokes Croft, convenient for public transport links, Cabot Circus and Broadmead.
What is Counselling?
Counselling is a unique relationship where the counsellor is there just for you, to listen to you as you talk about whatever it is that is troubling you. Counselling is not about giving advice - but about giving time and space for reflection and understanding ourselves better.
Counselling can be a great support in times of change, personal crisis and distress. I have dealt with a wide variety of issues, including anxiety, bereavement, depression, low self esteem, work, relationship and family problems, midlife issues (see more on menopause below), expressing difficult emotions, life limiting illness, eating disorders and abuse. I have worked with both adults and adolescents in private practice, at the City of Bristol College and as a volunteer at Off The Record, a charity that works with young people.
I am an experienced counsellor, and work from an integrative, humanistic counselling perspective. My work is client led - this means that the sessions go at the client's pace and provide a safe, non judgmental environment for exploring the issues that are troubling you.
I like to meet with prospective clients and talk about why you are thinking of having counselling - and why now. I offer an initial consultation to talk about this and to see if we are comfortable working together. If we are happy to proceed, then we can discuss the best way forward - working together for either short or long term counselling.
It is helpful to meet weekly and to have regular reviews to see how the sessions are going for you, and to look at what is helpful, and what may not be.
I feel that it is important to have a proper ending to our work together when the time is right - this is something that is often missing in our lives and is a really useful experience. This gives us an opportunity to review the work we have done and to bring our work to a close.
Training, qualifications & experience
I originally trained with the Foundation for Emotional Therapeutic Counselling. I also have an MSc in Counselling from the University of Bristol. I am a member of the BACP and adhere to their code of conduct and ethical framework. I undertake continuing professional development and have regular supervision.
I also have a Diploma in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes from the University of Bristol. Writing, or other forms of creative expression, can be very useful in the therapeutic process. Writing can help extend the therapeutic process and support you between sessions. This is something we can explore if you would like to.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Couples counselling can be helpful to explore different aspects of the relationship - communication, conflict, infidelity, parenting styles, children, blended families or managing the ending of the relationship.
I work with menopause related issues - this is such a major life transition for women, and one that every woman will experience - whether it is natural, premature, surgically or chemically induced. Every woman's experience and understanding of it is unique. It is shrouded in mystery and confusion, and is still seen as taboo, which can make it hard to navigate.
I also work with Boarding School Syndrome - a set of learned behaviours, defences and discontents that follow growing up in boarding school. This can lead to difficulties with intimacy and relationships, often combined with a great ability to cope and a very confident exterior.
Counselling can be a great help and support, and a safe place to work through these issues.
I am happy to offer an initial 30 minute consultation so that we can meet face to face and see if we are comfortable working together. I charge £10 for this. For a 50 minute session I charge £45 for individuals and £60 for couples.
My evening slots are all currently full but I do have daytime availability from Tuesday to Friday (Aug 2016).
Maps & Directions
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Types of client