Dawn McHale

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Accred MBACP MA Counselling All ages Playtherapy Supervision
Available for new clients
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Bristol, Somerset, BS4
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

I believe that everyone has the ability to realize their potential and my Integrative Therapy includes a range of approaches and techniques which have been acquired through extensive training and experience to support each individual.

I offer face to face sessions in Bristol and also work across the UK via Zoom.

As a Play Therapist I work with children and adults from 4 years old upwards.

Trained in Hypnotherapy, I can also integrate this into therapy.

Working with adults, couples, children and young people, families, groups and organisations, I have over thirty years experience of working with people with: mental ill health, disabilities, homelessness, bereavement, grief and loss, ill health, cancer, terminal illness, rape and abuse, parenting and pregnancy issues. I have worked for, and in partnership with: MIND, Cruse Bereavement Care Bristol, Bath and South West, RELATE Mid-Wiltshire, Bristol Crisis Service for Women, Self-Injury Self-Help, Kinergy, Support after Rape and Abuse, Off The Record Bath, The Priory (adult and CAMHS), BIMM Music Institute, One25 and Second Step. My work includes referrals from media including 'The Jeremy Kyle Show', and a range of Employee Assistance Programmes.

As an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy I adhere to their Ethical Framework. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like to discuss your needs. I have some concessionary spaces at times which need to be negotiated in advance. I offer a free 15 minute assessment to discuss working together.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a Masters Degree in Counselling and Supervision, and experience of working with people of all ages for over thirty years. My supervision sessions can also integrate a wide range of creative techniques.

With a Diploma in Couple Counselling, I enjoy exploring a clients' unique relationships. As a Master Practitioner in Eating Disorders I offer clients safe space to explore their unique relationship to self and food.

Having worked with children and young people from 4 years upwards to older adults in their 90s. I have specific training with a Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People, and a Diploma in Play Therapy which I offer to all ages and in a variety of settings, including schools.

Creative techniques may be integrated into my work depending on a client's needs and preferences, as I have an MSc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes and a National Certificate in Dance Movement Therapy. 

Over forty years experience of working with people with mental health needs particularly provided insights into coping with depression and anxiety, Other experience has been working for over sixteen years with issues of grief and loss and my background has included working in prisons, with men's and women's groups, and particularly with people wishing to move forward in their lives and build self esteem and confidence. This also includes delivering long-term training in issues such as Assertiveness, Anger Management, Self-esteem, Managing Change and Goal Setting, well-being and self-care.

For several years, I taught on a range of counselling courses including the Foundation Degree in Counselling, the Foundation Degree in Creative Arts Therapies, the Foundation Degree in Working with Addiction, and Youth Work.

My training has also included a wide range of issues and experience facilitating a number of self-help groups on: bereavement, loss, abuse, stress management, relationships, gender, sexuality, self-harm, suicide, bullying, children, older people, pregnancy, miscarriage, abortion and vasectomy, and sexual health issues .

I look forward to hearing from you to discuss your preferences and explore what might be most valuable in supporting your unique needs.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Areas of counselling I deal with

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I also offer therapeutic creative writing for personal issues and journaling, using the arts for self-expression. To meet your needs I can offer support with how to support partners and family who have mental health issues, eating disorders, and the responsibilities and demands of being a carer. I have also long-term experience of supporting people who have been raped and/or abused.


£50.00 - £60.00

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Aviva
  • Axa Health

Additional information

Fees: these are set by the high level of qualifications and experience I offer:

£55 per 50 minutes for individual counselling (concessions offered/negotiable in specific circumstances)

£60 per 50 minutes relationship counselling (more than one person)

£55 per hour for therapeutic creative writing sessions

£50 per hour for supervision - £75.00 for 90 minutes

Group fees for any of the above on request

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Variable day times weekly: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Thursday evenings in South Bristol.

Further information

I have delivered stress management, anger management, self-esteem building, anxiety and career counselling sessions and workshops for many years. For over forty years I have worked with people who have suffered abuse, rape, depression, self-harm, eating disorders, sexual issues, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorders, work related issues and bullying, a loss of goals and purpose, and trauma.

Bristol, Somerset, BS4

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Children (0-12)
Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access
Wheelchair user access

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Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

South Bristol venue accessible with free parking (one very tiny step). More information on request.

Additional languages

I have some Sign Language but am not fluent, also Welsh.


In person

Integrative supervision: creative exploration, forty years of experience all age clients, range of settings: organisations, schools, private practice.

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Dawn McHale
Dawn McHale