Hello my name is Abby,
I understand just what a big step it can be to find a counsellor and begin therapy. It is my role to make the step as comfortable as possible for you.
There are many reasons why you may be choosing to seek counselling at this time, and no one situation is the same as another. Your life and story is unique to you, so I am flexible with the approach I use, finding a way of working to suit you. I am trained in Integrative counselling which includes Person-Centred, Gestalt, Psychodynamic and Transactional Analysis approaches, all of which I draw from in my work, but at the core of my work I am always person-centred.
I offer a space for you to open up and explore your feelings in a confidential, non-judgemental and empathic environment. Maybe you want to work through a particular situation a life event, or an unhelpful pattern of feelings/behaviour. Perhaps you are interested in developing your personal awareness by exploring aspects of your ‘self ‘ further. You are the expert on you and I am here to support you to find a way to help yourself.
I am creative by nature, so I am open to using creativity, writing and art in our sessions, if it feels right for you.
My work with clients has included:
- Children & young people (16+),
- Coercive Control
- Chronic health and pain conditions
- Depression & anxiety,
- Drug & alcohol issues,
- Existential crisis
- Gender identity,
- Fertility issues
- Health problems,
- Hearing voices,
- Identity issues,
- Loneliness & isolation
- Low self-esteem and confidence issues,
- Narcissistic abuse
- Rape & sexual abuse,
- Relationship & family problems,
Training, qualifications & experience
Professional Diploma in Counselling - University of the West of England
Counselling Skills for working with Children & Young People (Advanced) - City of Bristol College
Essential Elements for Counselling Young People - University of the West of England
Awareness in Bereavement Care - Cruse Bereavement Care
Art Therapy Foundation - British Association of Art Therapists
Transactional Analysis 101 - University of the West of England
I have counselled adults for a mental health charity, and have supported people experiencing drug & alcohol misuse problems for a drugs service.
I have worked as a counsellor with young people at a service dedicated to under 25's, and within a secondary school setting. I have also worked with young care leavers and as a life skills tutor with young people.
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I offer a 30 minute initial session giving us a chance to meet. The fee for this is just £20.
Ongoing 50 minute weekly sessions are £45 thereafter.
48 hours notice required for cancellations or full fee required.
**Offering online (Zoom) or telephone counselling only at this time**
I am available for weekly sessions on Tuesday (BS5), Wednesday (BS6), and Thursday (BS5).
For more information please do not hesitate to email or give me a call. If I am unable to answer I will return your call as soon as possible.