20 Tyne Street
I am a Counsellor and Couples Counsellor, based in Bristol, BACP Accredited, and with over 20 years experience. From 2009 to 2013 I was a Counselling Tutor at BCPC.
I have experience of working with a broad range of issues including relationship issues, anxiety, depression, bereavement, recovery from childhood wounds, work-related issues, life transitions, midlife, issues around meaning of life and sense of self, and really the whole, wonderful but at times problematic, business of being human.
My basic approach is humanistic and relational. It’s founded on a belief in the value of each human individual, and in the power of an empathic relationship to support each individual’s natural capacity to heal wounds and grow to become more fully themselves. Where appropriate I also draw on other approaches I’ve trained in – including Gestalt, CBT, stress management, relationship counselling, dreamwork, imagework and body process – and other things I myself have found helpful – like meditation and the healing power of the natural world.
I provide a safe, mindful space where you can explore your issues and work towards living in a more fulfilling way. This may involve looking at patterns of thinking or behaving, focusing on what is happening in the here and now, reflecting on past experiences, integrating parts of the self which have been separated off, or experimenting with new ways of being. I like to work creatively with you, the client, so that we co-create the counselling experience which will be most helpful to you at this stage of your journey through life.
I offer both short-term and longer-term counselling:
- Short-term work (usually between 6 and 10 sessions) can be very effective where the focus is on on a specific issue with clear goals for the counselling.
- Longer term work is generally more appropriate if you want to work at a deeper level, for instance to deal with issues from the past, change a deep rooted pattern, or simply understand yourself better and live a more fulfilling life.
I have a peaceful consulting room in St Werburghs, Bristol, with easy access from the M32, unrestricted street parking, access by No. 5 or 25 bus from the city centre, and provision for locking bicycles inside the front wall.
Relationships aren’t easy. They touch us in our vulnerable places, evoke powerful unconscious forces and challenge us to the core of our senses of self. All too easily we can draw back from intimacy and get stuck in conflictual patterns.
I provide a safe space where you can focus on your relationship and work together to find a way forward for yourselves. All aspects of your relationship can be talked about in an atmosphere of respect and compassion. With professional support, you can learn to communicate more clearly with each other, explore patterns in your relationship, shift blockages, and try out new ways of being together.
Training, qualifications & experience
BA (Joint Hons, English and Philosophy) 1970
Diploma in Humanistic and Integrative Counselling (BCPC) 1999
BACP Accredited Counsellor 2000
Fundamentals of Gestalt Therapy 2000
UKRCP Registered Independent Counsellor 2001
Primary Certificate in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy 2001
Diploma in Stress Management 2003
Certificate in Working With Couples 2006
Working With Body Process 2010
I continue to actively pursue my own personal and professional development. I am interested in formative psychology, Jungian dreamwork, eco-psychology, meditation and shamanism. From time to time I like to head off and wander in the wilderness.
From 2009 to 2013 I worked as a Counselling Tutor at the Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling (BCPC).
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Relationship issues
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I’m also always interested to help explore areas I haven’t worked with before. In a way I don't think it makes that much difference. Whether it’s something I’ve been through myself, or worked with before, or not yet come across, I hope my approach is the same: I want to hear about, and try to understand, your particular and unique experience of it. That’s the only place we can start from.
Individuals £55 per 60 minute session
Couples £65 per 60 minute session
Initial sessions are chargeable at the above rates
If you feel that what I'm offering may be what you're looking for, usually the best way forward is to arrange an initial meeting. This will be an assessment session where we can both get a sense of whether continuing to meet seems likely to be helpful.
If we decide to continue meeting, we would then agree a framework for our sessions. This may initially be for a fixed number of sessions with a review towards the end. Or some people prefer to start counselling on an ongoing basis without a fixed time limit. Sessions normally take place at the same time each week.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I have two spaces coming free as from week commencing 5 June: on Tuesdays at 4.30pm and on Thursdays at 10am. (Updated on 25 May 2017.)
Types of client