Dawn McHale MBACP MA Counselling/Supervision, Couples, Children, Creative Arts

Dawn McHale MBACP MA Counselling/Supervision, Couples, Children, Creative Arts



01173823267 / 07941 979790

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01173823267 / 07941 979790

About me

I believe that everyone has the ability to realise their potential, to be happy in their own way.

My counselling practice is integrative, using a range of approaches and techniques, as every individual's needs are different and I adopt a wide range of techniques to support these, acquired through training and practice. I am a qualified Hypnotherapist and can offer this as part of therapy.

I work with adults, couples, children and young people, families, groups and organisations, and have thirty years experience of working in mental health, organisations for people with disabilities, homelessness, bereavement, grief and loss, health, rape and abuse, abortion, parenting and pregnancy issues. I have worked for, and in partnership with, Cruse Bereavement Care Bristol, Bath and South West, Bristol Crisis Service for Women, Self-Injury Self-Help, SARA (Support after Rape and Abuse). My work includes referrals from media including 'The Jeremy Kyle Show', and a range of Employee Assistance Programmes.

As a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy I adhere to their guidelines and ethics, and am one of their Registered Practitioners.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like to discuss your needs.I offer a free half hour assessment to discuss working together (this is free if coming to the Knowle centre but a fee of £10 is charged if coming to the Clifton centre).

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a Masters Degree in Counselling and Supervision. With a Diploma in Couple Counselling, I enjoy counselling clients in all varieties of relationships. I am able to offer both counselling, and supervision sessions for counsellors. My Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People means that I enjoy working with clients of all ages and have ten years experience of working with children. Creative techniques are integrated into my work as I have a Diploma in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes and a National Certificate in Dance Movement Therapy.

I have gained thirty years experience of working with people with mental health needs, particularly in coping with depression and anxiety. For over sixteen years I have also worked with issues of grief and loss and my background has included working in prisons, with men's and women's groups, and particularly with people wishing to move forward in their lives and build self esteem and confidence. This also includes delivering long-term training in issues such as Anger Management, Self-esteem, Managing Change and Goal Setting/Life Coaching.

I have also taught on a range of counselling courses including the Foundation Degree in Counselling, the Foundation Degree in Creative Therapies, the Foundation Degree in Working with Addiction, and Youth Work.

Alongside this, I am trained in a wide range of issues and facilitate a number of self-help groups on: bereavement, loss, abuse, stress management, relationships, gender, sexuality, self-harm, suicide, bullying, children, older people, pregnancy, miscarriage, abortion and vasectomy, and sexual health issues . I look forward to hearing from you to discuss your needs.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Creative writing for personal issues and journalling, using the arts for self-expression. I can offer support with how to support partners and family who have mental health issues, the responsibilities and demands of being a carer, and I also have experience of working with people who have been raped and/or abused.



£45 per 50 minutes for individual counselling (concessions offered/negotiable in specific circumstances)

£60 per 50 minutes relationship counselling (more than one person)

£40 per hour for therapeutic creative writing sessions

£40 per hour for supervision - £60 for 90 minutes

Group fees for any of the above on request

Further information

I am flexible in meeting the needs of clients. You can meet me in a choice of two venues, South Bristol or Clifton, or I can travel to another venue if there are significant mobiliy issues.

I have delivered stress management, anger management, self-esteem building, anxiety and career counselling sessions and workshops for many years. For over twenty five years I have worked with people who have suffered abuse, rape, depression, self-harm, eating disorders, sexual issues, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorders, work related issues and bullying, a loss of goals and purpose, trauma, and adoption.

Maps & Directions

Bristol, BS4
Bristol, BS8

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Yes
Other languages: Welsh


Mondays 8am - 20.00 pm Tuesdays 15.00 - 20.00 pm Wednesdays 15.30 - 9pm Thursdays 15.30 - 8pm Friday 15.00 to 8pm Saturday and Sunday negotiable (daytime and evening)

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

I offer both clinical and creative supervision for individuals, groups and organisations.

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