Bernice Birleson

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Available for new clients
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Bristol, BS8
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

I offer psychotherapy, hypnotherapy and life coaching for individuals, couples, families and organisations and can offer support and insight in a range of areas, including:

  • Relationship concerns
  • Personal difficulties
  • Life stages
  • Childhood trauma
  • Family based conflict
  • Eating disorders
  • Self harming
  • Addictions
  • Illness
  • Bereavement
  • Spiritual preparation for the end of life
  • Career direction / development
  • Depression
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Hormonal difficulties / transitions

I also offer workshops and group meetings, including the use of therapeutic writing to explore all aspects of self and life experience.

I believe in each individual's potential to fully fulfill all aspects of self and being. My core belief is that we can change our experience of life by changing the way we think and act. I believe that the only true restrictions that we have in life are our beliefs in limitation. We can let them go and experience the abundance of love, joy and opportunity that is available to us all. Beliefs are often created in childhood and serve to immerse us in patterns of being that block confidence, opportunity and joy in life.

All beliefs can be challenged and changed. All negative patterns can be changed and resolved. With knowledge, insight and support it is possible to live the life we choose. Together this journey can be life changing, revealing your unique potential and purpose and allowing you to live the life of your choice.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • BEd (Hons) Cert HE
  • Dip Psy
  • Adv Dip Hyp
  • Coaching Certificate

I have worked within organisations and private practice for 40 years. I welcome individuals, couples, families and groups. My approach is very individual and I strive to offer a high level of support throughout the duration of therapy.

Following an initial session, to allow us to explore why you have decided to have therapy, and to allow you to ask any questions you may have, my approach throughout each session is to offer insights, knowledge, links to research and suggestions of reading or exploration that may help to allow further progress. I often suggest brief activities to support your understanding of the difficulties you are experiencing. I also offer support between sessions, through e mail, as required.

My overall approach is holistic - I take time to consider all aspects of your life, including, family history and background, overall health, emotional being, social experience, career, relationships and daily experience. My particular interest is that of how our brain chemistry and sense of self develops, including all factors that may influence this. An example of this may be to explore your overall enjoyment of life and how this is reflected in your mood and happiness experience.

As a therapist, I strive to remain up to date with research and training and feel the role to be a privileged one. I hugely enjoy meeting and working with the people who approach me and am proud of the consistently good outcomes and feedback I receive. I am very happy to discuss any aspect of therapy with you and to answer any questions you may have.

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Areas of counselling I deal with

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Hormonal difficulties / Transitions
  • Career Development Planning
  • Life stages
  • Preparation for end of life


£60.00 per session

Additional information

£60 per session

Sessions cancelled with less than 24 hours notice may be charged.
Group / organisation fees depending on requirements.

When I work

I am available Monday to Friday for both day time and evening appointments.

Further information

I currently practice online and via the telephone.

Clifton, Bristol, BS8

Type of session


Types of client

Children (0-12)
Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme


Bernice Birleson
Bernice Birleson