Babs Curtis, MBACP (Sen. Accred.), PostGrad. Dip. Couns., RMN.
0117 9711976 / 07890 065985
Evaluated success, 'down-to-earth' approach, and 30+ years' experience.
Supervision for Therapists and Trainees.
Most of us like to imagine that we are 'in control' and can manage our lives and our selves without outside help. But there are times when good friends and family aren't able to help, and sometimes they're not the right people to talk to about certain issues. So sometimes we need to look for help elsewhere from someone who's suitably trained and experienced.
Asking for help from a stranger may feel difficult, perhaps because of embarrassed at not being able to deal with the issues oneself. But you wouldn't expect to be able to fix a problem with the foundations of your house, would you - unless you're a builder, that is - so it makes very good sense to get professional help when one's own foundations feel a little uncertain, doesn't it?
I've had more than 30 years experience and training in a variety of settings, so I can offer counselling on a wide range of issues, with success proven by professionally-approved client evaluations. I've worked with and helped people of all ages and stages in their lives with all kinds of difficulties - individuals, couples and young people, and parents and grandparents who have concerns about their children or grandchildren. (I've found this way of helping children and young people 'by proxy' particularly successful and rewarding.) So you'd get experienced and well-considered help from me.
I've found a more down-to-earth approach helps put clients at their ease. I know how hard it can be to take the step of getting help with your difficulties, so I'm aware of the 'leap of faith' that step can be, and I've always tried to remain as jargon-free as possible in my sessions - I know how off-putting it can be to be sitting with a professional who uses terms you don't understand!
But my 'everyday language' in no way detracts from my professionalism or effectiveness - the evaluations I do with clients before and after therapy proves that the vast majority have been helped by their sessions with me, and their lives and relationships have been enhanced, sometimes to a large degree.
How counselling can help
I feel that generally people do their best. However, the level of 'best' will be limited by their experience and knowledge. Counselling can help you achieve a better 'best', and will give you the tools and insight to help you become the person you want to be.
How I work.
I aim to provide a safe and supportive environment where you can talk about anything that’s troubling you, and where we can work together at a pace which suits you. The training I've had in a range of therapeutic models means I can adapt the way I work to suit individual clients and the work they bring. This makes it easier to explore whatever difficulties you're experiencing, and easier for you to learn how to challenge the patterns of thinking and feeling that may be holding you back you from getting the most out of your life and your relationships. I provide a safe space where you can work through any difficult feelings and discover insights into possible past or current issues which can be getting in the way of you moving on.
The people I see.
My clients often come from Bristol and the wider 'Avon' area - North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, BaNES - though some come from further away.
I'm used to working with a wide range of issues, from general dissatisfaction with your life right through to serious mental health difficulties. Some of the problems you may struggle with may be -
- stress and anxiety
- abuse and trauma
- bereavement and loss
- parenting or family difficulties
- life-stage issues - eg marriage, becoming a parent, ageing, etc.
- carer responsibilities
- poor self-esteem
- work-related issues
- personal development
I have also helped -
- fathers- and mothers-to-be
- new parents
- parents who are struggling with their children's upbringing or problems at school
- people in the caring professions
- people who are adjusting to chronic illness, employment changes, or growing older
- people who have bi-polar illness, and family members or close friends
- people who have experienced psychosis, and family members or close friends
I can offer short- or long-term work, and work with Employee Assistance Programmes and Health Insurance schemes, as well as with self-funded clients.
I also offer coaching, mentoring, and consultation.
I can occasionally offer home visits if you have difficulty with access.
I also offer supervision for therapists and trainees.
Training, qualifications & experience
I first trained in Mental Health, where I worked for many years with children and adolescents, adults and 'senior adults' in a variety of settings and specialities, from anxiety and depression to more enduring mental illness such as psychosis, including work with relatives and families.
I later had several years formal training as an Integrative Counsellor, and am now a Senior Accredited Member of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and am also Registered with BACP (see below **). I have also had training and experience in Group work, Psychodrama, Family Therapy, Coaching and Supervision, as well as a number of other therapeutic methods of working.
Part of the requirements for remaining a member of BACP is that I have regular Continuing Professional Development as well as and monthly supervision.
I have been working in private practice for about 20 years now, and have experience in Supervision going back over 30+ years.
RMN - 1969
SRN - 1973
Psychodrama Training - 1988
Family Therapy Training - 1990
Cert. Couns. - 1994
Post-Grad. Dip. Couns - 1997
MBACP - 1997
MBACP Accredited - 2001
MBACP Sen. Accred. - 2008
BACP Registered** - 2013
(** A Voluntary Register, approved by Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care, which was set up by Department of Health to safeguard members of the public.)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Parenting difficulties or concerns. (I particularly like being able to offer sessions to help with any parenting issues - it's very rewarding helping parents become able to enjoy the experience, so that they, and their children, can enjoy the journey towards adulthood!)
- Bereavement and loss.
- Mental Health difficulties, for the individuals and/or family or friends.
- Other health problems which result in a change in the way you see yourself and your life options.
- Concerned family members and Carers.
- Supervision for therapists and trainees.
Rather than a set fee I offer a 'fee range' to allow for negotiation depending on people’s circumstances. This is something we will agree at our initial session - the range is generally £50 - £65 for individuals, for a full hour.
I currently have some daytime availability including Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays and occasionally other days, and have early evening appointments on Mondays, Tuesdays and maybe Wednesdays - I may be able to be more flexible, so do ring to talk about what you might need.
(For Supervision, I may also be able to offer times on other days.)
My consulting room is in a quiet residential street in the South of Bristol. Access is good, with easy road links from Bristol itself as well as South Gloucestershire and North Somerset, and there is plenty of on-street parking.
If you're on public transport I'm only two or three minutes' walk from the bus stop, with frequent buses from the centre of town, Temple Meads and Clifton and links from other parts of the City and surrounds, and a short bus ride - or healthy walk! - up from Temple Meads railway station.
If you have access difficulties or are house-bound I can sometimes offer home visits - please ask about this service if you need it.
If you have any questions or would like to have a brief chat on the phone to explore options, do ring, or you can email me.
And please click onto the link to my website - you'll find it back at the top on the right - it'll give you more of a flavour of my approach and what therapy with me might be like for you.
I also offer:-
~ Supervision for therapists or trainees.
~ Parent Coaching - an alternative route to therapy for your child or teenager.
~ Coaching for life changes and a 'lre-think' about what/where you're going in your life.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Generally between 10.30am and 7pm (last appointment at 6pm) Mondays to Wednesdays. But I can be flexible about days, so get in touch to discuss options - I'm very approachable!
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
Wide experience in Supervision over many years.View supervision profile