Anna Ferris BACP registered Integrative Counsellor
Counselling and Ecotherapy in North Somerset and Bristol
I offer counselling in both a traditional indoor therapeutic setting in Long Ashton, North Somerset and ecotherapy in outdoor settings in Bristol and North Somerset.
Sometimes it can be helpful to step back from the challenges in your life and to take some time to talk things through. You may have found that trying to make changes by yourself has not worked and that you are feeling stuck or are endlessly going around in circles repeating the patterns of the past. It might be that what is holding you back is hidden from you right now or maybe you just want to feel motivated again and to rediscover your spark.
Counselling is a space where you can be listened to, validated and understood. You can explore past and present difficulties at your own pace with support and compassion. Whatever brings you to seek support at this time, a warm, accepting and supportive therapy relationship can give you the opportunity to bring unconscious patterns of thinking and feelings into awareness. If you are met with kindness in this process you will be able to meet yourself with increasing compassion, clarity and acceptance.
Confidentiality, respect and trust are key elements in a therapeutic relationship and it is important to find the right therapist for the way you are and for what you need right now in your life.
I completed my training as an Integrative Counsellor at UWE Bristol in 2011 and have a background in social work and mental health. Over the past 20 years I have worked in the charity sector as well as in local authority and NHS settings. I bring this wealth of experience to my counselling work.
I work using an integrative and holistic approach. I draw upon a range of theories and techniques in my work with you. This offers a flexible way of working as I can tailor my approach to meet your individual needs and preferences. Whichever way we choose to work together, I will hold a deep respect for you and the difficulties that you have brought to the therapy. I will offer a safe and confidential space where you will be listened to with care, acceptance and full attention. You will have the opportunity to explore your current or past issues at your own pace, to reflect and to discover what may be hidden from your awareness. I will offer you support and encouragement to move through any difficult feelings and to help you towards clarity, compassion and acceptance.
I have experience working with a wide range of issues including;
- Relationship problems
- Work related problems
- Domestic Violence
- Sexual Abuse and Trauma
- Physical Health and Disability
- Bereavement and Loss
- Issues around Self-Fulfilment and Self Esteem
- Finding life direction
Training, qualifications & experience
I have worked in the field of Mental Health in the Bristol area for over 20 years, in the NHS as a Mental Health Social Worker, in Education and Youth Work settings and as a Specialist Trauma Counsellor for SARSAS (Somerset and Avon Rape and Sexual Abuse Support). I have also worked with carers as a counsellor for Dementia Care Trust and as a Social Worker with adults with physical disabilities. Through my various roles I have completed specialist mental health training around trauma, self-injury, addiction, eating disorders, domestic abuse, depression and anxiety.
I qualified as an Integrative Counsellor (Diploma in Professional Studies Counselling) in 2011. The course is fully accredited by the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and I am on the BACP National Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. This means that I adhere to the standards set out in the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I have completed a Foundation Certificate in Core Process Psychotherapy with the Karuna Institute, Devon. This is a psycho-spiritual approach integrating Buddhist understanding of personality and consciousness with Western psychotherapeutic theory and practice. Mindfulness is a key part of this practice. In 2019 I completed a year long Foundation in Outdoor Education Leadership ‘Call of the Wild’ with Shumacher College and Wildwise Events, Devon. The course was a hands-on experiential introduction to deep ecology, mentoring nature-connection, earth education, bush-craft, ceremony and storytelling. I am developing this side of my work to integrate the benefits of nature connection with my counselling practice through ecotherapy.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Health anxiety
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Physical abuse
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
£45 - £55 for a 60 minute session.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Wheelchair user access:||No|
Practice room and facilities have one small step and narrow doorway.
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Please enquire for current availability
Types of client