Bernadette Shaw, Counselling & Psychotherapy. Addiction(s) Counsellor.
I offer person-centred counselling with a warm, genuine and non-judgemental attitude in a completely safe space. I am committed to supporting you work towards your goals and face what needs to be faced, at your own pace, a session at a time. I have 14 years of working experience in the substance misuse/addictions field and very aware of what issues can develop through the misuse of alcohol or drug use, with the impact this can have on the individual and 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.
Drug and Alcohol National Occupational Standards. Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals. I have 14 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 with 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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
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.
Concessions offered for
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.