Bernadette Shaw BSc Hons Counselling & Psychotherapy. MBACP.
Making the decision to come to counselling is a valuable investment in yourself, creating an opportunity where we can work together towards positive change. As a counsellor and psychotherapist, I can provide support in a safe, warm, confidential, personal environment to encourage self-exploration, insight and awareness; working towards making sense of the difficulties and issues which may be causing emotional distress and anxiety.
I am committed to supporting your work towards facing what you want & need to face, at your own pace, a session at a time. I have 12 years of experience working in the substance misuse/addictions field and very aware of what issues can develop through the misuse of alcohol or drug use, and the impact this can have on an individual and on their families. I have experience working with women and men around problems such as domestic abuse, depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem.
I believe that everyone has a unique story, embedded and intertwined within a bigger picture; family, and the wider world. Challenges can arise in different ways and manifest in multiple forms throughout life, making it difficult to move forward.
I can help support your work through fear, anger, anxiety, & stress, that may be harming your relationship with yourself, your personal relationships or friendships? Maybe you are supporting or working with the challenges of others who are experiencing & perhaps projecting their fear, anger, anxiety, & stress on you, maybe someone close to you? Perhaps you have reached a point in your life or are at a crossroads, and unable to see your way forward, or you may be grieving the loss of something or someone dear?
I work with adults from 18+.
I offer therapy sessions face to face, online, via telephone, or outside in nature providing walk and talk therapy. I do offer a free phone consultation before therapy sessions start.
I am flexible on the working hours described and I will accommodate where I can, outside of the session hours. Please feel free to ask.
Training, qualifications & experience
BSc Hons Degree in Counselling & Psychotherapy: Professional Practice.
Registered member of the BACP. MBACP.
Drug and Alcohol National Occupational Standards. Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals. I have 12 years of experience working with addiction and mental health issues.
101 Certificate in Transactional Analysis.
NVQ Level 3 in Health and Social Care.
Experience working in a counselling capacity at a woman's centre, with issues such as domestic violence, low self-esteem, addiction, anxiety, isolation, depression, and self-harming behaviour.
Experience working within a G.P surgery in a counselling capacity, with issues such as depression, anxiety, obtrusive thoughts, and stress.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
Session cost £50
I offer sliding scale pricing for people on low income, unemployed, and OAP's.
I offer a free initial no-obligation 20-minute phone consultation.
I offer the option of block bookings of six sessions at a reduced rate. Please ask me for details.
Appointments are available between 11:00 and 21:00 Monday - Saturday.
Please contact for availability.
Wherever you are on the path of life I offer a comfortable safe space providing support, and exploration of needs and anxieties provided at your own pace.