Peter Appleton Dip. Counselling, NCS accredited, DHP, MNCH, AfSFH
I work as a counsellor and as a hypnotherapist. I have worked in mental health in the NHS for over 30 years - specialising in eating disorders - and am used to working with people with a wide range of difficulties and from all backgrounds an My counselling approach is integrative - drawing on person centred and psychodynamic principles. I am based in the Downend and Central area of Bristol. I work weekdays, Wednesday and Friday evenings and Saturday afternoons.
I have a particular interest in working with NHS staff as I understand the challenges and pressures experienced in that context.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have worked in Mental Health in the NHS for 34 years and am familiar with a wide range of challenges and difficulties. I took early retirement in 2014. During this time, I developed services for the homeless and have specialised with working with people with addictions. For the last 15 years I worked as a specialist with people with eating disorders (anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, EDNOS). I am used to working with families and have extensive experience working with a family therapy service.
I completed my training as a counsellor in 1997 and have worked with people to overcome depression, anxiety and stress related disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, survivors of abuse and relationship difficulties.
In 2003 I gained a Diploma in Advanced Mental Health Studies (eating disorders) at Birmingham University.
In 2014, I qualified as a Solution Focused Hypnotherapist.
Within my role in the NHS, I have lectured and run many workshops in Universities and at Conferences for a range of professionals and have acted as a advisor and supervisor to professionals from a variety of disciplines in the NHS and associated services.
I currently teach Continuous Professional Development courses on Disordered Eating at the Clifton Hypnotherapy Practice in Bristol.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Child related issues
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
I offer a free one hour initial consultation.
I ask £50 per session for counselling.
I have some concessionary sessions for NHS workers and for people who are low-paid or unemployed. Please contact me for more information.
I am married and my children have now grown up and left home. I am disabled and have restricted mobility (so please give me time to answer the phone!). I am a late onset musician - having only discovered my musical flare later in life. All of which acts as testimony to my own ability to continue to overcome obstacles, adapt and grow as a person.
- Also registered with Hypnotherapy Directory
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Mon to Friday 9 - 5pm. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|