Kerstin Pullin, BSc (Hons), Dip, MBACP (Reg)

Kerstin Pullin, BSc (Hons), Dip, MBACP (Reg)

Bristol
BS1

Bristol
BS6

07434 618 587

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Bristol
BS1

Bristol
BS6

07434 618 587

About me

Choosing a counsellor with whom to connect and build a trusting therapeutic relationship can feel daunting, even risky, yet also empowering and hopeful. What does it feel like to  take off masks, shedding protective layers that keep the authentic, vulnerable self safe while navigating through challenging or traumatic times? Together we can explore what you feel ready and safe to share - wether these are current, buried or almost forgotten experiences. I will be at your side to listen; endeavouring to relate to your unique circumstances and way of being; facilitative of your change and growth process.

I am a qualified integrative counsellor rooted in humanistic, person-centred practice. My approach is, with your consent, to use therapeutic techniques that follow the natural path of your journey, while being mindful of our differing experiences, your expressed needs and vulnerabilities. Some people come for counselling because they are going through a challenging time (e.g. work, family and friendship related) or experiencing themselves as being misfits, lonely, stuck, anxious, depressed or alienated from the world.

I am open to adapt my approach to suit your personal preferences and needs, as you might at times prefer a rather directive, creative, reflective or experimental way of therapeutic exploration. This could include contemporary, compassion focussed cognitive behavioural therapy (CF-CBT), mindfulness, music, artwork, guided imagery, voice and body work for example. To ensure you feel safe and benefit from the sessions, we will review the counselling process at regular intervals. Wether you seek short term counselling, would like to work towards specific goals or start a long term journey to explore something you can’t quite put into words or make sense of - together we can discuss the way forward.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a Bachelor of Science degree with Honours (BSc Hons) in Counselling and am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Academically, I undertook research in social constructionism and empowerment initiatives and their impact on professionals working with children and adults affected by sexual abuse; primarily incorporating aspects of gender, linguistics, neuroscience, diagnostics (e.g. Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) and to some extend sexuality (e.g. gender fluidity) and cultural influences (e.g. attitudes to gender).

I have been working in the field of mental health in various capacities since 2005, before choosing to pursue an academic path within the psychology sector in 2012. During this time I had the privilege of working in the UK and abroad, with many individuals from all walks of life and a variety of cultural backgrounds.

Other qualifications and experiences
Certificate in using counselling skills with the telephone as the medium of Communication
Self-awareness in relation to social services work certificate
Applied Suicide Intervention Skill (ASIST)
Working with Relational Trauma: Dealing with Disorganised Attachment
Alcohol Addiction, co-dependency and motivational interviewing, SWAN Training Certificate
Organisation and facilitation of contact groups for individuals and couples who face infertility challenges
Nonviolent Crisis Intervention

Memberships and Networks
Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
Durham University's Centre for Research into Abuse and Violence (CRiVA)
Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors (PODS)

Member organisations

BACP

Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Highly Sensitive People (HSP), Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), disorganised attachment, empowerment, Substance Use Disorder (SUD),

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Fees

Face to face
I can offer an initial 30 minute session at a reduced rate of £20 to discuss what you are looking for, what I can contribute and gauge if you feel safe and comfortable working with me. My fees from then on are £40 for a 50 minute face to face session and pre/post session admin time.

Phone Sessions
Please enquire for available dates and times via email.

Concessions
I also reserve a limited number of counselling places at a reduced rate for individuals on low income and those on benefits (please enquire about availability and if and how you qualify).

Further information

I also organise and facilitate guided imagery group workshops as a powerful approach to connect with others and to our authentic selfs - using a variety of creative and well-being inducing methods that involve all senses.  Please enquire for more information.

I am fully insured and offer short and long term counselling in Bristol and the North Somerset area. I also hold a Certificate of Registration with the Information Commissioner as a controller of sensitive data under the Data Protection Act.

Confidentiality
As far as I am concerned, what goes on in the counselling room is confidential; except extreme circumstances. The process of our relationship will only be discussed with one other person, my supervisor who will similarly be bound by a confidentiality agreement. If you would like further information about the level of confidentiality or any other matter, please ask me at the beginning of the session.

Maps & Directions

Bristol, BS1
Bristol, BS6

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: German

Availability

Wednesday-Friday, some evening and weekend slots available.

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples
Groups
Organisations
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