Alison Sharman, Reg. BACP, DipHIC
I offer short and long term confidential counselling to adults from my practice in Knowle, Bristol. I offer Humanistic and Integrative Counselling, and my intention is to provide you with a reparative, nourishing and warm counselling relationship. To offer you the best possible support, I draw from a range of counselling approaches and techniques. My counselling style is intuitive, gentle and open-minded.
I am English and French, and therefore can offer counselling sessions in both languages. Please get in touch if you would be interested in French language counselling and I can provide you with more information in French.
I have worked extensively with clients who have experienced abuse, trauma, PTSD and domestic violence, bereavement, relationship difficulties, and body issues. I have a professional background in supporting adults with learning difficulties and mental health issues.
At some point in their lives, people may find themselves feeling confused, exhausted, anxious or down. Some people may not be experiencing distress but may simply want to grow and change; to understand themselves better and find their own way.
My aim would be to support you in finding more clarity and satisfaction in your life, and to work on obstacles and difficulties that might be preventing you from leading a meaningful and fulfilling life. You can talk at your own pace about whatever might be troubling you, any thoughts and feelings, and I will listen to you without judgement.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Foundation Certificate in Psychotherapy and Counselling, and a Diploma in Humanistic and Integrative Counselling from the Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling (BCPC). I am registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), and I am currently working towards accreditation with BACP.
Having lived in many different countries, including Guatemala, where I worked for a year as a counsellor with clients from a range of backgrounds, I am sensitive to cultural diversity. I am open minded to different approaches to mental health support, and have an interest in music, dance, and nature.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
£40 per 50-minute session.
It is important that you feel comfortable with the counsellor you choose. Please feel free to contact me to arrange an initial session, in which you'll have the opportunity to ask me further questions and for us to get a sense of whether we would like to work together as client and counsellor. In this session, I will also ask you some background questions so that I can understand your needs within the therapy, and what kind of issues you would like to explore in our sessions. Sessions are on a once-weekly basis.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Wednesday morning and afternoon, and Thursday afternoons
Types of client