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Dawn McHale MBACP MA Counselling/Supervision,Adults,Couples,Children,Creativity

About me

I believe that everyone has the ability to realize their potential. My counselling practice is integrative, bringing in a range of approaches and techniques, as every everyone's needs are different. I adopt a wide range of techniques to support these, acquired through extensive training and experience.

I am a qualified and accredited Play Therapist and able to offer to children from 4 years of age upwards.

I am also a qualified Hypnotherapist and can offer this as part of therapy.

Working with adults, couples, children and young people, families, groups and organisations, I have thirty five years experience of working with people with: mental 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, Cruse Bereavement Care Bristol, Bath and South West, RELATE Mid-Wiltshire, Bristol Crisis Service for Women, Self-Injury Self-Help, Kinergy, SARA (Support after Rape and Abuse), Off The Record, Bath, The Priory, and Second Step. My work includes referrals from media including 'The Jeremy Kyle Show', and a range of Employee Assistance Programmes.

As a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy I adhere to their guidelines and ethics, and a Registered Practitioner.Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like to discuss your needs, and I have some concessionary spaces at times which need to be negotiated in advance depending on need. I offer a free 15 minute assessment to discuss working together (this is free if coming to the Knowle centre but a fee of £10 is charged if coming to the Queens Square centre).

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a Masters Degree in Counselling and have experience of working with people of all ages. With a Diploma in Couple Counselling, I enjoy counselling clients in all varieties of relationships. I am able to offer both counselling, and supervision sessions for counsellors. Having worked with children and young people from 5 years upwards to older adults, I have specific training with a Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People. Creative techniques are integrated into my work as I have an MSc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes and a National Certificate in Dance Movement Therapy.

Over thirty five 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, wellbeing 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 Therapies, the Foundation Degree in Working with Addiction, and Youth Work.

My training has also included a wide range of issues and 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 needs and explore what might be most helpful.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I also offer therapeutic creative writing for personal issues and journalling, 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, the responsibilities and demands of being a carer, and I also have experience of working with people who have been raped and/or abused.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • Dance therapy
  • Existential therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Psychosynthesis
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis
  • Transpersonal psychology

Fees

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

£45 per 50 minutes for individual counselling (concessions offered/negotiable in specific circumstances)

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

£45 per hour for therapeutic creative writing sessions

£45 per hour for supervision - £67.50 for 90 minutes

Group fees for any of the above on request

Further information

You can meet me in a choice of two venues, South Bristol or Clifton, or I can travel to another venue if there are significant mobiliy issues, on negotiation

I have delivered stress management, anger management, self-esteem building, anxiety and career counselling sessions and workshops for many years. For over twenty five 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, trauma, and adoption.

55 Queen Square
Bristol
Somerset
BS1 4LH

Bristol
Somerset
BS4

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages Welsh

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

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.

Wheelchair user access

South Bristol venue accessible with free parking (one very tiny step). Some accessibility at Queens Square (a few small steps entering the building).

Availability

Variable day times weekly Monday to Thursday, Monday to Wednesday evenings in South Bristol, and Thursday evening at The Practice Rooms Bristol City Centre between 5 and 9 pm.

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision

I provide clinical and creative supervision for individuals, groups and organisations.

Online supervision
Telephone supervision

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