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Benita De Havilland

Bristol, BS8
07971 045681 07971 045681

About me

I am an experienced integrative counsellor who has been practising in central Bristol for 9 years, helping clients with a range of issues. I have trained in Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), a pioneering form of therapy teaching people how to be kinder to themselves, which has a hugely positive impact on general wellbeing and self-esteem and in turn on relationships, work and life in general. I am passionate about its effectiveness and in enabling people to develop positive self-feelings. I also have experience of running 'Managing Anxiety' workshops and working with clients with complex needs in an NHS setting.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a qualified and experienced integrative counsellor having completed my Masters in Counselling at the University of Bristol. I am a member of the British Association of Counsellors & Psychotherapists (MBACP) and am listed on their Register of Practitioners. I am currently working towards accreditation.

I work as an Integrative Counsellor practising in a Person Centred way but incorporating aspects of CBT, Solution Focused Therapy, Transactional Analysis and Gestalt Therapy into my practice. I have a particular interest in shame as an emotion and more recently I have trained in Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and am passionate about its effectiveness.

I believe counselling plays an important part in a holistic approach to health and I incorporate concepts of mindfulness into my therapeutic approach.

I have also have experience of running 'Managing Anxiety' workshops for Oasis Talk, an IAPT organisaion in Bristol, where I also worked as a high intensity counsellor working with clients with a range of complex issues

Member organisations


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.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy


£55 per session. Some low cost spaces available

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access


Week days and evevnings

Types of client

Older adults


I hold a Diploma in Relational Supervision and offer supervision to counsellors working in private practice or in an organisational setting.

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Benita De Havilland

Benita De Havilland