Antonia Macaro

Antonia Macaro

Colston Street

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Colston Street

About me

Are you stuck? Confused? Not sure you're living the life you'd like to live?

I am an existential psychotherapist and coach with over 20 years experience and offer sessions to help you to:

• understand what is holding you back

• explore what really matters

• think through dilemmas and decisions

• get to know yourself better

• make realistic decisions, taking into account opportunities and limitations

• take the next step towards a fuller, more fulfilling life

I aim to give you the opportunity to talk things through and grapple with your inner life, clarifying your values and deep assumptions, to find the way forward. This process goes hand in hand with looking at problem-solving, stumbling blocks and appropriate next steps.

As well as existential therapy, I have been influenced by Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and philosophical counselling. My precise approach depends entirely on the client and issue.

I work flexibly and offer one-off consultations, short-term or longer-term work.

Training, qualifications & experience

I originally trained as an existential psychotherapist at Regents College London, with Emmy Van Deurzen and Ernesto Spinelli. I then worked as a drugs and alcohol counsellor for many years, during which time I developed more cognitive-behavioural and practical ways of working (such as Solution-Focused Brief Therapy), focusing on helping people to resolve their ambivalence and move towards appropriate goals, looking ahead to counter any obstacles and dealing with relapses.

Later I studied philosophy and I was involved with the philosophical counselling movement since its early days in the UK. Philosophical counselling is an exploration of the concepts and values that implicitly or explicitly make up our worldview, and can be used to clarify what really matters in life or examine the different aspects of a moral dilemma, with the aim of living a meaningful and flourishing life. I have a particular interest in decision-making.

More recently I have become interested in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, which uses mindfulness skills to manage our inner experience so we are better able to move in a valued direction however we may happen to be feeling. I have received training in this model as well as Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention. I have received training in this model as well as Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention.

I am the author of Reason, Virtue and Psychotherapy (John Wiley, 2006) and co-author of The Shrink and the Sage (Icon, 2012).

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Other areas of counselling I deal with

Finding meaning
Life review

Maps & Directions

Bristol, BS1 5BB

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None