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PG Dip Couns., PGCE. MBACP

About me

I have over 30 years experience counselling adults & children, working with anxiety, depression, low self esteem, panic attacks, social anxiety, bereavement, all relationship issues, recovery from trauma, fertility, pregnancy and menopausal issues, and living with and beyond cancer or serious illness.

I am currently working in person in a well ventilated conservatory/outdoors/online or telephone. 

At times in life it can help to talk confidentially to a complete outsider who will listen attentively to your point of view.  I offer understanding and acceptance, helping you to develop insight and feel more at ease within yourself.

Weekly 50 minute sessions are tailored to your individual needs and can be either short or long term depending on the nature of your concerns.  
Shorter term work (6-12 weeks) is solution focused, looking at ways to make things better.  Longer term work is more effective where problems have been present a long time and are deep seated, and can help you achieve a more sustained improvement in the quality of your life.   In the counselling relationship we may look back to your past, but only in order to improve your present and future.

Walk and talk counselling. 
My consulting room is in a quiet beautiful rural area ( Sandy Lane, Lower Failand BS83SR, approximately 15 minutes drive from Bristol centre or 5 min from M5 exit 19 Easton in Gordano. ). This area is perfect for walk and talk therapy.  It is surrounded by walks on paths, in fields and woods and is very peaceful and rejuvenating.  Sessions outdoors can be 50 minutes or 75 minutes  

Training, qualifications & experience

B.A.Hons

Post Graduate Certificate of Education

Counselling Skills Certificate (UWE)

Diploma in Humanistic Counselling (Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling)

In addition to working for over 28 years in private practice as a counsellor and being a qualified teacher I have over 30 years experience of working within the community and voluntary sectors as a co-ordinator/group worker/counsellor/consultant/trainer.

Examples of specific client groups I have worked with include those affected by cancer, single parents, teenage mothers, sufferers of postnatal depression, fertility issues, and those affected by childhood abuse or trauma.

I worked as a pupil mentor at Cotham School.

I have also worked training counsellors at higher education level.

I have a lot of experience and interest in meditation and breath work.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

My particular areas of expertise include:-

Recovery from:

Depression, anxiety, panic attacks.

Low self esteem; low self confidence;

Childhood abuse and trauma.

Difficult family relationships

Improving self acceptance.

Bereavement.

Living with and beyond cancer and other serious illness.

Fertility issues

Postnatal depression;

Menopause/transitions

Working with the body; relaxation, meditation and mindfulness.

Working in nature.

Photos & videos

Fees

£65.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

I offer a discounted rate to trainee counsellors and have a limited number of concessionary places generally for clients working long term. 

Further information

I offer sessions outdoor or telephone sessions/ online consultations.

My work is all professionally supervised.

I continue to train and learn and am interested in body work, yoga, meditation, gardening and eco therapy.

Sandy Lane, Lower Failand, Bristol, North Somerset, BS8 3SR

45 Alma Vale Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 2HL

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

1 small step into consulting room and one step down to toilet.