Uschi Rigby FDSc Counselling, MBACP reg.
How do I work?
I am a qualified person-centred integrative counsellor with creativity and spirituality at my core. This is reflected in my practice: beside exploring issues by talking about them to get a better understanding, I also use drawing, writing or visualisations to support my clients in uncovering hidden blocks and negative patterns and finding ways to overcome them. I also trained to use family constellation techniques in a 1-2-1 setting, which helps to understand and work through inner and outer conflicts. This technique can be part of regular counselling sessions or booked as one-off consultations.
I offer a safe space that allows you to explore any of your concerns or issues in your own time, be it short-term and very specific or long-term for a deeper exploration. My aim is to support you to find your own solutions and resilience, and ultimately to enable you to live an authentic, happy life. To make sure that you get the best out of your sessions we will review the work regularly. I also attend regular supervision to ensure that my work is done following the ethical guidelines of BACP.
Sessions are usually weekly and last for 50 minutes. They usually take place in my practice room in Redland, where there is plenty of free parking, but unfortunately no disabled access. If you prefer to have your counselling sessions at home or outdoors, I also offer home visits or walk-and-talk therapy on the Downs or at St. Andrews Park.
How can counselling help?
Counselling is a personal experience built on the trust and the relationship between client and counsellor. Working as person-centred counsellor means that I trust in your process, in your ability to find your own inner (and outer) resources and to connect with them. I support you to get more clarity about thoughts and beliefs that hold you back from living the life you want to live. As integrative counsellor I practice with a variety of theories and techniques. I will offer them when they might be helpful for you to gain understanding of unhelpful patterns of thinking, behaving or relating to others. But you decide on the pace of the work, experimenting only with techniques you feel comfortable with.
I compare counselling with treating wounds: when we step into a splinter (criticisms, attacks, hurts, trauma) it hurts, when it's touched. When we don't take it out it gets inflamed and hurts even more. At the same time it gets embedded, becoming part of ourselves.The wound needs to be exposed to light and air, to see what's going on. Counselling does that with emotional wounds. By talking the client exposes the hurt and can discover the 'splinter' that has by now turned into negative self-beliefs or unhelpful behavioural patterns. It needs courage to open up hidden places within. That’s why it is important to feel safe, understood and respected. My experience with clients has shown me that opening up and talking about ideas, fears or experiences has helped them to feel freer for it, to get things literally off their chests. This in itself has a positive, healing effect. It also frees the mind to be able to find your own solutions. Sometimes only a few sessions are enough to gain a different, more positive perspective.
What to expect in your first session?
To make sure that it feels right for you and that I will be able to help you I offer a free initial consultation of 25 minutes. We can discuss your reason to seek help and your hopes for the outcome and find out if I am the right counsellor for you. I will explain my counselling contract which covers confidentiality, sessions and policies. You can ask me any questions you might have about the counselling process and if you have any preferences to work in a specific way, like exploring creatively or having sessions outdoors.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a Foundation Degree (Sc) in Counselling , which I completed in 2014.
I also did further training in using Family Constellation Techniques in 1-2-1 settings; Mindfulness; CPDs in Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), Relationships, Domestic Violence, Motivational Interviewing and Solution Focused Brief Therapy.
I have several years experience working in the field of addiction; first at the Alcohol Misuse Service and later at the Swan Project, which offers low-cost, long-term counselling for addiction and other mental health issues.
I also help people with relationship issues, separation, loss, low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, trauma.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
I offer a free 25 minute consultation, which can be extended to a full 50 minute session for £20.
My fees are for regular 50 minute sessions and vary depending on location:
Counselling in my practice room in Redland, Bristol - £25.
Walk and Talk sessions on the Downs or St Andrews Park - £30.
Home visits, which are available for BS6, Bishopston and Henleaze - £35.
Family Constellation sessions vary in time and cost £30/hour.
free, easy parking
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
daytime and evening on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday; Friday am
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|