Bonnie Grotjahn MAHPP
Hello - and welcome to my practice! I see individual clients and couples for therapy, and run small coaching groups and provide coaching and mentoring support for the self-employed.
One recent client felt she had gained so much from working with me that she offered to share her story:
I owe Bonnie a real debt of gratitude for all her help and support. When I finally plucked up the courage to visit a counsellor, in the midst of a very difficult time where I just seemed to be beset with crises, I was immediately struck by her calm and supportive manner, which helped me to gain a sense of perspective from the very first session. I knew right away that I had found the right person to help me and this was the most profound relief. With her support, I came through probably the most difficult 18 months of my life feeling that, despite everything, I was not diminished but instead had a firmer sense of my own self and what I needed to be happy and more balanced. With her support, I found the confidence to make some big life changes that have turned out very much to be for the best and I cannot thank her enough for her kindness and wisdom. I would very much recommend her as a counsellor; she has made a real difference to my life and I now feel much better equipped to continue to find future happiness and fulfillment. – S, therapy client
I offer a safe, confidential environment and relationship where you are supported to discover and develop your inner resources. My belief is that an effective working relationship is a blend of safety, challenge and support, tailored to meet the unique and ever-changing needs of each individual. Many of my clients say they leave feeling lighter, less alone, more optimistic and better equipped to manage the rest of their lives. I know that therapy and coaching have helped me personally to build resilience in tougher times and feel more alive and connected with myself and others.
I believe that being able to talk honestly and openly about ourselves is a great gift. Being heard and accepted in therapy when we do share honestly can bring a huge sense of relief. Realising that we are OK as we are now is very powerful for us and for our relationships; paradoxically, it can also help us feel freer to make changes. With the right support and a commitment to self-development, openness is one of many skills we can all develop, no matter what experiences we have had previously.
Over the 18 years I've been practicing I notice that a frequent part of my work has been supporting clients to relate better to themselves as well as to others, whether they are spouses, partners, children, parents or work colleagues. We need to develop our relationship with ourselves in order to relate more skillfully and effectively with other people in our lives.
How I work
There is no one 'right way' to do therapy! Some people come to counselling or psychotherapy clear about what they want from it: this might be short-term help with specific issues, or more general self-development over time. Others arrive on the doorstep with a less clear sense of something not quite working in their lives, and first needing support to define the problem before working on it. You might have mixed feelings about starting to work with a therapist. However it’s possible to work with wherever your starting point is.
Usually we will speak briefly by phone before arranging an initial meeting. The first session is a chance for you to talk about the issues that concern you, and for each of us to see whether we think we can work well together.
Counselling sessions are a mix of conversations and occasionally exercises focused on supporting your growth and development so you can bring about the changes you want. Sometimes I share my own experiences, but only where I believe this is appropriate and will support your needs and aims in therapy.
If any of this speaks to you or you'd like to find out more, look at my website or get in touch.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a graduate of the Spectrum Training in Humanistic Psychotherapy, a leading centre for humanistic and integrative therapy in North London that was at that time registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). I also completed training in bereavement counselling with the Camden, City, Islington and Westminster Bereavement Service in London, where I worked for 4 years.
Currently I am an Associate Member of the UK Association for Humanistic Psychology Practitioners (UKAHPP). I am in continuing professional and personal development at Spectrum, and regular supervision in Bristol supports and monitors my work with clients.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Living a full life with chronic illness
- Managing change
- Improving effectiveness of communication
- Working with the challenges of living abroad
- Supporting people to manage difficult family situations
I also run ongoing coaching groups for anyone who is self-employed, freelance, or solopreneur. To enable you to try out this approach I fun regular low-cost, no-obligation taster sessions. For details see http://opentoquestion.com.