Jean Thirkettle MBACP FdSc Counselling

Jean Thirkettle  MBACP  FdSc Counselling

14 Orchard Street

The Practice Rooms
26 Upper Borough Walls

07557 911551

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14 Orchard Street

The Practice Rooms
26 Upper Borough Walls

07557 911551

About me

We all deal with loss in our lives, be it through a bereavement, break up of a relationship, divorce, loss of our health through illness, stress or disability, loss of our home, our job or even our own identity.  
Losses of any kind can stir up lots of other feelings and anxieties for us. Sometimes it will bring up memories of unresolved issues from the past, causing stress, guilt, fear and sometimes that life isn't worth living.

Maybe you are caring for a loved one with a terminal illness? A tragic death through suicide may leave you asking 'why'? Death of an abuser may also bring up lots of past unresolved and complicated feelings.

I will provide you with a safe space to talk through your
 fears, thoughts and feelings, allowing 
you to tell your story in your own time, helping you to understand and work through what's happening.

I have particular experience working with:

  • anxiety
  • panic disorder
  • work related stress
  • low self esteem / low confidence
  • relationship issues
  • abuse
  • separation and divorce
  • trauma
  • bereavement and loss
  • suicidal feelings
  • bereavement by suicide
  • road deaths
  • family issues

Some people find that it's easier to express themselves using art or writing which can be helpful and facilitates gentle self discovery and 
expression. I encourage writing in-between sessions as I believe this is where the processing and self awareness occurs and new understandings happen.

Whichever way suits you, our sessions will be 'your time' where you can reflect and explore your feelings in a safe and contained way, at your pace.

Also at:
The Practice Rooms, 24 Regent Street, Clifton, Bristol, BS6 6JY on Wednesdays

Training, qualifications & experience

FdSc Distinction in Integrative Counselling from City of Bristol University

Extensive experience working with traumatic bereavement and those struggling to come to terms with the loss of someone due to suicide.

Member organisations


Other areas of counselling I deal with

I can also offer the possibility of using creative writing or art as a means of self exploration and discovery if emotions are too intense to verbalise.


£45 for a 50 minute session
Initial assessment is £20
I also offer some reduced rate sessions where appropriate as I believe counselling should be accessable to everyone.

Further information

I decided to train as a counsellor following a series of difficult events in my life. I found that support through talking to others was crucial to my health and well being and that it was often easier to talk to a complete stranger.

It can be very liberating when we find the courage to tell our story and share our thoughts with another person who accepts what we say without judgement.

If you are unsure whether counselling is for you, please call me for an informal chat on my mobile.

Maps & Directions

Bristol, BS1 5EH
Bath, BA1 1RH

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Daytime and evening availability

Types of client

Older adults