Dr Yvon Guest
The Harbourside Practice
3 Redcliffe Parade East
Counselling and resilience work with individuals, couples and groups
I moved to Bristol 21 years ago and have thrived on living in the inner city and working with people from all sections of the community. I have many years experience of counselling couples and individuals and working with traumatised children, young people and adults delivering services in the voluntary sector.
My approach to counselling
Resilience work is a new approach to counselling aimed at anyone feeling overwhelmed by life challenges such as bereavement and loss, illness, work related stress and relationship or family difficulties. We are all resilient even if at times we don’t think we are and our resilience has been tried and tested throughout our lives even though we might not always understand how. However, some aspects of our resilience, for example, resources or survival tactics that got us through a difficult or traumatic period may not be appropriate during our recovery or even threaten our ability to operate successfully in less challenging times. My aim is to help you to understand how you have coped with life challenges in the past, what individual resources you were able to draw on and where you found resources in other people or places. These insights will enable you to understand which resources might be useful in your current situation and what might be less helpful.
Starting counselling and resilience work – the 15 minute telephone consultation is free. You will have the opportunity to discuss why you feel you need counselling and what I can offer you as a therapist. If you decided to proceed we will begin with an initial session. It’s really important to me that you feel you have the right counsellor. If we decide that I am not right for you I have many colleagues that I know practice ethically and can make referrals with great confidence in their abilities. If you decided to continue we can book six sessions and then review how you feel if you feel that is enough or want to continue.
£50 per hour for individuals face to face or telephone
£65 per hour for couples
£135 for groups (4-12 members)
I can offer home visits for disabled people.
Training, qualifications & experience
Membership of professional bodies
I am chairperson of the International Research Centre which is concerned with research on traumatised children and young people.
I am a member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Therapy), the BAATN (Black and Asian Therapists Network) and the IRCT (Institute for Recovery from Childhood Trauma).
BSc in Sociology and Psychology
Certificate in Individual and Couple counselling from Relate.
PhD from the University of the West of England in 2015 exploring the life long impact of trauma in childhood and resilience over the lifespan.
Relate - Individual and couples therapy
University of the West of England - group facilitation
Bristol children's services - safeguarding children and young people
University of Swansea - narrative interviewing
WECIL - social theory of disability
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Black and Minority Ethnic peoples facing discrimination and identity issues
Students experiencing educational difficulties
Photos & videos
Free 15 minute initial assessment by telephone
Individuals face to face skype and telephone £50 per hour
Couples face to face £65 per hour
Groups £125 per hour
I can arrange at home sessions for disabled people
Skype sessions available
Telephone sessions available
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I currently have spaces for face to face sessions on a Wednesday from 6pm-10pm and am available for telephone counselling on other weekdays from 10am - 6pm.
Types of client