Jess Bennion

Jess Bennion

Bristol
South Glos
BS36

07378 166174

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Bristol
South Glos
BS36

07378 166174

About me

I am a qualified and experienced counsellor based in North Bristol. I provide long and short term counselling according to your needs. I work with a wide range of issues, and specialise in bereavement, supporting carers, trauma, and abuse.

My aim is to provide a safe and confidential space to explore how you are feeling.

WHY COUNSELLING?

People come to see a counsellor for lots of different reasons. There may be something specific you are struggling with such as a relationship difficulty, bereavement, traumatic event or major life event. Or, you may have a general sense of unease, unhappiness or anxiety. You may want to gain a better understanding of yourself and your emotions. Sometimes it can be easier to talk about issues with someone not directly involved in your life.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN FIRST?

The first session is a chance for you to ask any questions and for us to see how we can work together. I will also go through a contract – which covers practical things like confidentiality, fees and cancellations. It may be that after this session you want some time to think about whether or not to proceed. This is absolutely fine. It is important that you feel comfortable.

STARTING COUNSELLING

I work in a relational and person-centred way. I will listen to understand how you see things, taking into account your experiences. I am warm, empathic and non-judgemental.

Counselling can help you to understand why you feel the way you do, and support you to find a way forward. I won't tell you what to do, or give advice, but rather we will work together to help you find a view of yourself and your situation which feels more positive.

I understand that talking about difficult experiences and feelings can be hard, so we will work at a pace that feels comfortable for you. The counselling relationship is different from other relationships in that it is confined to the times of sessions and the focus is on you, so I won't talk about myself to detract from that.

Whilst we will regularly reflect on how you are finding the experience of counselling, I usually suggest a review after 6 weeks. This is a chance to check if you are finding the support helpful. Some people prefer short-term counselling to work on a specific issue, whilst others find it helpful to have counselling over a longer period.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a qualified counsellor and registered member of BACP. I am experienced in working with a range of clients with particular specialism in bereavement, supporting carers, trauma, and abuse. I also have over 20 years experience working with people affected by issues including mental health difficulties, abuse and exploitation. I have also been involved in  short-term group work with people affected by anxiety, depression and low self-esteem.

Member organisations

BACP

Fees

£40 per hour

I have a limited number of concessionary places for students or those on a low income.

Maps & Directions

Bristol, BS36

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None

Availability

I have sessions available during the day on Tuesdays and Friday afternoons. I can sometimes offer other sessions including evenings by arrangement - please get in touch to talk about this.

Types of client

Adults
Older adults