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Bernice Birleson MBACP

Bristol, BS8 4HG
Bristol, BS8 4HG

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 fulfil 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, reduced charge 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 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.

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

Therapies offered

  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Human Givens psychotherapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Psychoanalytic therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Psychosexual therapy
  • Psychosynthesis
  • Reality therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transpersonal psychology


£50 per session

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

Further information

I currently practice at The Practice rooms in Bristol. The Practice rooms can be located in Regent street, Clifton village and provides a peaceful oasis within the surrounding area of Clifton and its many attractions.

The environment is relaxed, friendly and welcoming. There is easily accessible parking outside. I also offer online sessions through Skype or e mail.

The Practice Rooms
24 Regent Street

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 Unspecified


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

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


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