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About me


COUNSELLING SESSIONS AVAILABLE VIA ZOOM OR FACETIME TO ANYONE, ANYWHERE. 

I am 69 years old and live and work in Bristol, UK. I have spent most of my life working in teaching and training roles of various kinds.

I am a Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and a registrant on the BACP accredited voluntary register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.

I am accredited as a Breathworks Mindfulness Trainer, qualified to teach Mindfulness for Stress and Mindfulness for Health courses.  Details:  http://is.gd/835Pkh  

I am now running 1 to 1 and small group Breathworks Mindfulness for Health and Stress 8-week courses in Bristol, send an email to enquire.

I am a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order (ex-Western Buddhist Order) and teach Buddhist meditation classes and retreats in and around Bristol.

I usually work away from home in a comfortable and very peaceful counselling room in Bedminster, Bristol, UK within easy reach of buses, trains and good parking. It is possible to safely store a bicycle.

Because of the Covid Pandemic I am currently only offering Zoom or Facetime video conferencing sessions and have counselled clients via video conferencing for nearly a year now.  This has made it possible to see clients from anywhere in the world.   I run these sessions from my counselling room. 

My one to one Counselling hourly fee for 2018 is:

£25 (income support), £35ph (low-wage) or £45 (fully-waged).

Relationship Counselling is £35ph, £45ph or £55ph (depending on combined income - can be discussed)

I can offer reduced rates to anyone wanting counselling but in difficult financial circumstances, and will consider offering fortnightly sessions to ease payment.

Training, qualifications & experience

I qualified in 1993 as a Counsellor with a Certificate and Diploma in Counselling from the Central School of Counselling and Therapy and have worked regularly as a Counsellor since then.

I have studied CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and have a CBT Practitioner Certificate from the University of the West of England.

I am a Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and a registrant on their accredited voluntary register of Counsellors and Pyschotherapists.

I have passed the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Certificate of Proficiency

I am an Accredited Breathworks Mindfulness Teacher

I was accredited in 1994 as Cruse Bereavement Counsellor.

I am an accredited Co-teacher in Co-Counselling.

The past 5 years I have been studying Marshall Rosenberg's Non-Violent Communication (NVC) teachings and have completed 38hrs of residential NVC training with Robert Gonzalez from the USA.   I have chosen to not pursue being a certified NVC trainer. 

I have been a Buddhist for 40 years, and an Ordained member of the Triratna Buddhist Order for 22 years. I enjoy exploring the spiritual dimensions of therapy and counselling.

I have an Advanced Diploma in Speech and Drama from the Central School of Speech and Drama in Swiss Cottage, London.

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

Breathworks Mindfulness for Stress/Anxiety, Pain/Illness

CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy)

Mindfulness in Health Care

Meditation and Relaxation

Non-Violent Communication (NVC)

Therapies offered

  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • Group therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy

Fees

Additional information

My one to one Counselling hourly fees for 2018 is:

£25 (income support), £35ph (low-wage) or £45 (fully-waged).

Relationship Counselling is £35ph, £45ph or £55ph (depending on combined income - can be discussed)

Please choose the fee which matches what you are earning and your ability to pay. 

After an initial period of weekly Counselling, it may be possible to offer an option to attend fortnightly to ease financial outlay.  The cost of fortnightly sessions would be negotiated.

Availability

Monday evenings, all day and evenings Tues, Wed and Thurs

Further information

My counselling style draws from all of my qualifications and interests - it is very person-centred. I encourage clients to shape and direct sessions themselves in order to create a safe and creative space.

When you come for Counselling we are making together a special space where you can safely explore your concerns and difficulties. This space is held by building a strong and trusting relationship.  This is why connection and safety are important factors when choosing a Counsellor. The choice is very important and, for this reason, I like to see a prospective client twice before we each sign a formal, written Counselling contract.  Once we are sure we can work together, then the Counselling can begin.

I also work as a Supervisor, either individually or in teams at a special hourly rate.

Sessions are 1 hour, ideally on a regular, weekly basis and I follow the BACP Code of Ethics.

I have regular Supervision with a UKCP accredited Psychoanalyst and regular Mindfulness Supervision

Online, email or telephone counselling available

Member Organisation(s)

British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Breathworks Mindfulness

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples
Groups
Organisations

Key details

Skype and/or telephone counselling are available

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Barry Hill BS3 (MBACP, Mindfulness, Stress, CBT, Dip.Couns, Bereavement)

Barry Hill BS3 (MBACP, Mindfulness, Stress, CBT, Dip.Couns, Bereavement)