About me

Counselling

I am a fully qualified and insured Counsellor (Humanistic Integrative) and Life Coach with over 5 years of combined experience in the Mental Health and Wellbeing field. I am a registered member of BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) and thereby abide by a strict code of ethics and conduct.

I provide a safe, non-judgemental space for you to explore and understand yourself, allowing you to work through any difficulties, thoughts, feelings and behaviours. I use an Integrative Approach, rooted in person-centred (Rogerian) philosophies, which when put simply means I reactively use many different approaches to support you but always believe in your autonomy and that you have the answers. Much of the practice is about guiding you to your own solutions, aiding self-exploration and helping you by utilizing the strong, secure relationship we will develop. I may use techniques that draw from approaches such as CBT, Psychodynamic or Transactional Analysis, to adapt to your needs and give you the quality of care you deserve. Your goals and foci for the sessions will be regularly and gently reviewed, to ensure we are looking at what feels right for you.

Ultimately, the goal of the practice is for people to feel heard and accepted. I work on a relational level, so all clients should leave feeling lighter, heard and understood. I believe it is a privilege to hold a safe space for clients and that everyone deserves one. It is because of this philosophy that my practice has a holistic and restorative energy.

I would describe myself as congruent, honest and supportive. At times, I may offer gentle challenge to aid self-exploration. The practice is tailored to suit every client’s needs, but everyone should leave feeling accepted, clearer-headed and understood.

Coaching 

As a life coach, my role is to support clients in actualising their potential. Together, we set, meet and exceed goals, modify behaviours and make positive steps towards you achieving your dream life. Not to be confused with counselling, life coaching guides you towards solutions with clear benchmarks to help you move forward in life. Similarly to Counselling, there is no hierarchy with coaches and clients, together we learn from one another, helping you to utilise the amazing skill set you already have to achieve what you want.

Training, qualifications & experience

Experience in (but not limited to): Addictions, Young People, Bereavement, Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, Relationship Issues and Eating Disorders.

Qualifications: FdA in Counselling (BA pending), Diploma in Life Coaching, Level 2 in Counselling Skills

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.

Fees

Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Counselling

Counselling rates operate on a sliding scale basis to adapt to your needs, please book a free consultation with me for further information.

Student, Trainee Counsellor and NHS Concessions are available. Please contact me for more details.

Coaching

£40 per hour 

Student, Trainee Counsellor and NHS Concessions are available. Please contact me for more details.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Further information

I can work in person or online.

The Practice Rooms
226A North Street
Bedminster
Bristol
Somerset
BS3 1JD

Type of session

In person
Home visits
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families

Key details

DBS check

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Online platforms

Microsoft Spaces
Zoom
Abbie Challen

Abbie Challen