Kelly Paterson DipHIC, MBACP
39 Cotham Hill
I am a fully qualified therapeutic counsellor, with a focus on helping clients develop a more positive and accepting sense of self, which in turn can reduce symptoms like anxiety & depression, and increase feelings of wellbeing and engagement with others. I currently have day & evening spaces, and practice near Whiteladies Rd, Clifton and in Westbury-on-Trym.
I work relationally - that is, I believe that the therapeutic relationship we develop will provide a safe place for you to work through the issues that bring you to counselling, whether they are family issues, relationship issues, bereavement or low self-esteem - or something else altogether. You will become able to recognise and process old patterns, and test out new ways of relating - to yourself, friends, colleagues and family.
What to expect
I work in a client-centred way so our sessions will always be led by you. I will offer support, validation, reflection and challenge to help you understand yourself better. The exact way we work will be different for each client, tailored to fit with your personality and what you want to achieve.
I am happy to work in a fixed term or open ended way. You may for example, come to counselling with a specific issue to work on, which might indicate a fixed set of sessions, agreed at the start. Or, you may wish to explore in a deeper way which might entail a longer or open ended style of working. For more info visit my website at www.kellypaterson.co.uk
Getting started with counselling
If you feel ready to take the first step, give me a call or send me an email and we can arrange an initial session.
This first meeting is an opportunity for us to get to know each other - research shows that a good connection with your counsellor is one of the most important factors for therapeutic change. We will discuss the issues that bring you to counselling; what you might like to get from our work; and a bit of life history too.
Then, if you decide that you would like to continue, we can agree a regular slot for your sessions each week, decide on whether you would benefit from short or longer term work, and agree on the outcomes we are working towards. We can have regular reviews to make sure we are on track.
Training, qualifications & experience
As well as working with the range of presenting issues detailed above, I have specific experience in drug and alcohol issues, have worked with younger adults who are searching for a sense of identity, and a background in the creative industries gives me an understanding of the creative process.
I hold a Diploma in Humanistic and Integrative Counselling from the Bath Centre of Psychotherapy and Counselling. This course is accredited by BACP, the leading body for counselling and psychotherapy in the UK, and I am a registered member (MBACP).
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Attachment disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
£40 per session.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I offer daytime and evening sessions
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|