Tina Bruce - MBACP Reg. Dip.Couns. Integrative Counsellor
161 Harewood Avenue
Are you choosing how to make that first move but are hesitating with self doubt? Perhaps you have been trying to work through problems but they are still there. If your worries seem to have a grip on you it can seem hard to even choose the right professional to trust your feelings with. I offer the initial meeting free without obligation for that very reason - so that you can come and find out for yourself whether I am the therapist for you.
Please feel welcome to read my profile so that may answer some questions for you about my work with counselling/ talking therapy. You could then be ready to make an informed choice.
My work with you as a therapist is to help you cope with your symptoms, feelings and thoughts. I will work through problems to change behaviour patterns that are contributing to your difficulties. My approach is integrative - working with you, valuing your experiences while finding solutions which enable you to regain more control over your life. I can work with brief/ short therapy with a set amount of sessions or longer term therapy, depending on your requirements and identification of what you need with regard to the severity of your issues.
The areas of professional counselling I work with are shown at the bottom of my profile page. If you don't recognise your area of concern on the list, feel free to call or email me. I will be happy to discuss, and if need be point you in the right direction for help.
To arrange a free initial consultation with me please email, call or text me using my contact details above. I will reply as soon as I can.
I am qualified to help you feel that you can face problems, work with you to act on them, and find that sharing really can mean a problem getting solved.
You can choose private, warm and calm therapeutic face to face, Skype or telephone for individual counselling.
Relationship counselling is offered face to face only
I am fully insured and a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy www.bacp.co.uk
I am an Affiliate Counsellor for Health assured and also an Anxiety UK Approved Therapist - please read below in Further Information for details about Anxiety UK and their requirements for Approved Therapists.
If you are in crisis and need immediate attention please contact The Samaritans on 116 123 - the call is free.
Counselling - Talking Therapy
Voicing difficulties loosens their grip on us when we are able to share in total confidence. Being able to work through and resolve what feels wrong or hinders you, is an invaluable investment in your future.
My work facilitates you to safely work through the emotions and your feelings, so that you can unscramble the confusion and sometimes trauma they cause. You can gain resolve to make important choices that you may not even think you can have. Importantly you may begin to see negative patterns and fears that hold you back from taking control of your life.
I am an experienced integrative counsellor, hypnotherapist and a life coach. Integrative counselling means I have studied a choice of therapeutic approaches which can be drawn upon during our work together. These are established and respected therapies endorsed by the BACP . I can consider them for bespoke work with you as the individual that you are, to encourage insightful, restorative and progressive mental strength and personal well-being.
These are some of the reasons I am asked to provide professional and impartial help:
- Problems in life that affect your relationships, health or work. You may experience general anxiety through to feelings of being alone or isolated, panic or depression as a result. Do you wonder why this has to happen to you? Or you simply wish it wasn't (or hadn't) and don't know what you can do to help yourself or solve problems.
- Your son or daughter might be experiencing teenage years with anxiety because of confidence / exam or school pressures / bullying / relationships / self harming or other challenges that these years of change can bring. This important stage of development for young people can be a very worrying and uncertain time, as they move towards young adulthood. Self esteem to get through this time is key to overall well-being, yet it often feels that this has disappeared and gone. Sometimes these pressures are carried through to adulthood, and show themselves as characterised in a number of anxiety driven ways.
- You are in a relationship that is struggling and you can't find a way that allows for harmonious life. Resentment and worry can build between you, and it may feel that you are working against each other rather than having a strong bond of togetherness. The focus of what or who is right or wrong gets confusing.Sometimes couples feel they ought to be able to work through their problems on their own but fail to communicate effectively.
I qualified as a counsellor after many years of relevant work, in settings or agencies that provided support, education and/or personal and social learning and development. I have a broad first hand knowledge and experience of problems that can occur in life. My experience has been extensive with both adults and young people, and has included family and group work.
All of us can suffer anxiety for many different reasons. We are happier people when we feel we have control and courage - strength to face problems when they happen. My work is to help you achieve the quality of life you would like and to be confident about yourself and your decisions.
When things go wrong, it is hard to be certain that you have choices, at a time when emotions and circumstances seem to be in charge.
Talking therapies are an effective way to make positive long lasting changes in your life. Sharing personal issues with the right professional - who will understand how to work with you - can gain the outcome you need. You can find a better way going forward from where you are now. In my room you can offload and gain understanding, without prejudice or judgement of you, your situation and who or what you care about.You can find ways that allow you to make choices, and discard unhelpful ways for positive change. I will protect and honour your trust at all times.
How to contact me
Please contact me through Counselling Directory by email or phone - details are at the top of this page. I will return your message as soon as possible.
A first consultation with me is for 45 minutes and is free. I will listen to gain understanding of your concerns and liaise with you. This provides an opportunity to meet and I can answer questions you may have about my counselling service. I work both on an open-ended basis and for an agreed time period, for your consideration.
Testimony / Feedback
Tina is an excellent listener and takes time to understand your area of difficulty with gently probing questions.
Tina is the type of professional that you know you can trust implicitly which is vital in her chosen field.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a CPCAB Couns.Dip. qualified Humanistic Integrative Counsellor. I am also CPCAB trained and qualified as a Life Coach and PTLLS trainer. I am experienced and educated in the use of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Hypnotherapy and Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP). I hold numerous certificates in counselling education.
I continuously update my knowledge using research and engage in further learning in therapeutic areas.
To do this I belong to several groups of counselling and psychotherapy professionals, and keep up to date with current development at conferences and certificated courses.
I am Enhanced DBS/CRB checked as a therapist for Anxiety UK and Dorset YOT.
Experience and Training
I have worked in family, adolescent and children's centres, and also education and learning centres. My work has been to improve lives and skills, providing support, training/ workshops and counselling to individuals and families
During and after qualifying, I worked at a centre where I counselled adults experiencing a range of emotional problems including varying degrees of anxiety, esteem and confidence issues,self harm, trauma or abuse that adversely affected their life and relationships.
Simultaneously, I worked at a young people & young adult advice centre in Poole. Here I was counselling children reaching teenage years, through to young adulthood ages 11-25.
I continue to work as a volunteer with young offenders for positive outcomes and change. In parallel, I have supported victims of crime needing to rebuild trust, confidence and self-esteem.
My working history has always involved communicating with people on a personal level. This included a career that took me overseas, experiencing the diversity of meeting many people over time in different professional and cultural environments.
My CPCAB qualification required 40 sessions of personal therapy for first hand experience of counselling, personal learning and mental fitness. This was incredibly worthwhile in gaining empathic understanding from a counselling chair perspective. I gained real and true knowledge of the positive impact of good therapy in the long term.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I can integrate Hypnotherapy into counselling sessions where appropriate - this has been very effective where a specific issue is apparent. I can also offer sessions of hypnotherapy only.
I have had particular success with:
* Anxieties & Panic Attacks
* Problems with sleep
* Self Esteem
* Presentation Confidence
* Healthy Eating
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A free initial meeting session without obligation to proceed further with counselling.
£35- each 50 minute session for personal adult counselling.
£42 - couples counselling per 1 hour.
£25 - each 50 minute session for young people under 18, students and the elderly.
A limited number of concessionary daytime sessions may be available and dependant on circumstances. Please call to enquire.
I am also an Anxiety UK Approved Therapist providing therapeutic support to the charity's member and partner beneficiaries. I am subject to Anxiety uk's regular monitoring of my professional qualifications, supervision, continual professional development, insurance and professional body membership, in addition to complying with the ethical framework and professional standards set down by my registered governing body.
Full details of the Anxiety UK Approved Therapist scheme can be found here www.anxietyuk.org.uk/getinvolved/therapists-at-anxiety-uk. Details about becoming a member of Anxiety UK to be able to access therapy via the charity can be found here www.anxietyuk.org.uk/membership.
Anxiety UK works to relieve and support those living with anxiety and anxiety based depression. Anxiety can cause illness and isolation for sufferers. Anxiety UK provides information, support and understanding via an extensive range of services.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I offer appointments Monday to Friday during the hours from 9am to 8pm.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|