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I am a BACP Accredited Counsellor and Psychotherapist and a graduate member of the Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology with over 20 years clinical experience. I offer counselling and psychotherapy for individuals and couples and I am particularly interested in seeing couples who are committed to understanding their relationship. Together we will explore and attempt to understand distress and difficulties which may affect your everyday functioning,and in particular relationship issues. Using a psychodynamic approach we will explore the basis for your depression, anxiety, phobias, life crisis, marriage/ partnership breakdown, betrayals and other relationship issues, eating disorders, or sexual difficulties. You will take an active part in the process of gently exploring your feelings, and so gaining insight and acceptance of those things which cannot be changed.  Ways of being which have hindered you in the past may take on a new perspective.

You may be entering a new phase of life such as getting married, starting a family or becoming a blended family and wish to talk over this with your partner. I can offer pre-nuptial counselling.

Whatever is troubling you and interfering with living a full life can be helped by taking the risk of talking it through in a safe and confidential relationship.  

Some other issues that can be helped by counselling are bereavement, ill health, fertility difficulties and postnatal depression. I have a particular interest in working with couples and have further training in Couple Counselling and Psychosexual Counselling. As a BAPPS accredited supervisor I also offer counselling supervision for individuals and groups.
I believe in, and maintain practise in line with the professional Code of Ethics and Good Practise by my accrediting organisation BACP

Training, qualifications & experience

Certificate in Psychoanalytical and Psychodynamic Supervision
Psychosexual Counselling Certificate: TCCR
Couple Counselling Training:TCCR
MSc Counselling & Psychotherapy 1997
BACP Accredited Psychotherapist 2005
BACP Accredited Voluntary Register 2012
RGN, 1982 Registered Midwife 1984

I have counselling experience with a mental health charity, a cancer charity, and The Harbour Bristol, the private sector and the NHS and have run a group for clients with eating disorders. I also offer supervision.
I have undertaken a 2 year training in couple therapy at the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships in London and have further training in psychosexual counselling.
I have trained in the use of EMDR although I do not offer this service.
I am commited to ongoing professional development and am a BAPPS qualified Psychodynamic and Psychoanalytical Supervisor

Member organisations


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

Internet addiction
Couples psychotherapy
Relationship issues
Skype sessions
postnatal depression
BACP accreditation support

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Additional information

Please contact me by email or phone to discuss fees and to make an initial appointment
Sessions are 50 minutes for individuals.
If you are looking for couple counselling where possible I will arrange to meet you both for an hour and a half initial consultation. Sessions thereafter are one hour.


All sessions now being conducted on line by Zoom calls

Further information

I offer weekly appointments for counselling and twice weekly for psychotherapy. Appointments are Tuesdays-Thursday between 07:30- 17:00 and 18-00-20.30 Please contact me to discuss this further.

In special circumstances I am able to offer individual and couple sessions by Skype following an initial meeting and in special circumstances .

Fortnightly Psychodynamic Supervision is offered face to face for counsellors who are members of a l counselling or psychotherapy professional body.

Abbey Practice
15a Cheap Street


Type of session


Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

Wheelchair user access

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.


In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

I am a member of the British Association for Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Supervision (BAPPS).

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Esther Dawney-New

Esther Dawney-New