Dawn McHale MBACP MA Counselling/Supervision,Adults,Couples,Children,Creativity
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 training and practice.
Working with adults, couples, children and young people, families, groups and organisations, I have thirty years experience of working in: mental health, organisations for people with disabilities, homelessness, bereavement, grief and loss, health, rape and abuse, abortion, 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). My work includes referrals from media including 'The Jeremy Kyle Show', and a range of Employee Assistance Programmes.
I am a qualified and accredited Play Therapist and able to offer this approach to children from 4 years of age upwards.
As a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy I adhere to their guidelines and ethics, and am one of their Registered Practitioners. I am also a qualified Hypnotherapist and can offer this as part of therapy.
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 Clifton 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 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.
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. Currently I am also currently trained to offer Therapeutic Play.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
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.
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Compassion-Focused Therapy
- Couples counselling
- Dance therapy
- Existential therapy
- Gestalt therapy
- Group therapy
- Humanistic therapies
- Interpersonal therapy
- Person-centred therapy
- Play therapy
Fees: these are set by the high level of qualifications and experience I offer
£50 per 50 minutes for individual counselling (concessions offered/negotiable in specific circumstances)
£55 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
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.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
South Bristol venue accessible with free parking (one very tiny step).
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
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I provide clinical and creative supervision for individuals, groups and organisations. With an MA in Counselling/Consultative Supervision I can offer a focus on creative techniques in supervision, or integrate them into our working alliance.