Bernice Birleson MBACP
The Practice Rooms
24 Regent Street
I offer psychotherapy, hypnotherapy and life coaching for individuals, couples, families and organisations and can offer support and insight in a range of areas, including:
- Relationship concerns
- Personal difficulties
- Life stages
- Childhood trauma
- Family based conflict
- Eating disorders
- Self harming
- Spiritual preparation for the end of life
- Career direction / development
- Anxiety disorders
- Hormonal difficulties / transitions
I also offer workshops and group meetings around areas of difficulty such as depression, anxiety and career development.
I believe in each individual's potential to fully fulfil all aspects of self and being. My core belief is that we can change our experience of life by changing the way we think and act. I believe that the only true restrictions that we have in life are our beliefs in limitation. We can let them go and experience the abundance of love, joy and opportunity that is available to us all. Beliefs are often created in childhood and serve to immerse us in patterns of being that block confidence, opportunity and joy in life.
All beliefs can be challenged and changed. All negative patterns can be changed and resolved. With knowledge, insight and support it is possible to live the life we choose. Together this journey can be life changing, revealing your unique potential and purpose and allowing you to live the life of your choice.
Training, qualifications & experience
Adv Dip Hyp
I have worked within organisations for 35 years and private practice for 25 years. I welcome individuals. couples. families and groups. My approach is very individual and I strive to offer a high level of support throughout the duration of therapy.
Following an initial, free of charge session, to allow us to explore why you have decided to have therapy, and to allow you to ask any questions you may have, my approach throughout each session is to offer insights, knowledge, links to research and suggestions of reading or exploration that may help to allow further progress. I often suggest brief activities to support your understanding of the difficulties you are experiencing. I also offer support between sessions, through e mail, as required.
My overall approach is holistic - I take time to consider all aspects of your life, including, family history and background, overall health, emotional being, social experience, career, relationships and daily experience. My particular interest is that of how our brain chemistry and sense of self develops, including all factors that may influence this. An example of this may be to explore your overall enjoyment of life and how this is reflected in your mood and happiness experience.
As a therapist, I strive to remain up to date with research and training and feel the role to be a privileged one. I hugely enjoy meeting and working with the people who approach me and am proud of the consistently good outcomes and feedback I receive. I am very happy to discuss any aspect of therapy with you and to answer any questions you may have.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Hormonal difficulties / Transitions
Career Development Planning
Preparation for end of life
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Couples counselling
- Family/systemic therapy
- Group therapy
- Humanistic therapies
- Person-centred therapy
- Psychoanalytic therapy
- Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
Initial session free of charge.
£45 per session.
10 sessions pre-paid in advance £400. These can be arranged on a flexible basis as usual.
Sessions cancelled with less than 24 hours notice may be charged.
Group / organisation fees depending on requirements.
I currently practice at The Practice rooms in Bristol. The Practice rooms can be located in Regent street, Clifton village and provides a peaceful oasis within the surrounding area of Clifton and its many attractions.
The environment is relaxed, friendly and welcoming. There is easily accessible parking outside. I also offer online sessions through Skype or e mail.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I am available Monday to Friday for both day time and evening appointments. I offer both telephone and e mail contact and a free of charge initial session to allow us to explore your needs
Types of client