About me

Hello. I provide online and telephone counselling throughout the UK. I specialise and help people who have depression, anxiety, anger issues, addictions, low self-esteem, relationship difficulties or who wish to explore and deal with trauma or abuse from their past and the impact it is having in their lives today.

I believe the key to healing is not just knowing what happened - your story - but in helping you to change how your mind and body still remembers it. This includes bringing to consciousness how the patterns you have established are negatively impacting on your life today, and are no longer serving you well. I then support you to release those patterns and to heal, change and grow.

How I Work:

I use a range of counselling techniques depending on what I feel is best for you as a person and the outcome you hope for.

In addition to working with people who have experienced trauma, I work with people to provide relief from:

  • On-going feelings of sadness or hopelessness
  • Overwhelming feelings of anger or aggression
  • Panic attacks, flashbacks, PTSD symptoms
  • Misuse of alcohol/drugs/food
  • Decreased physical or mental energy or fatigue
  • Increase in feelings of fear or worry
  • Extremely high and low moods
  • Irritability
  • Social withdrawal

What to expect:

You can contact me by email or message me on my phone   (contact details at the top of this page). I will aim to get back to you within 24 hours and set up a free initial consultation. During this time we can discuss your reasons for wanting counselling, any concerns you may have, your goals for therapy and any questions about me, counselling and how I work.

If we both feel we can work together, schedule your first therapy session and agree how often we are going to meet. This is usually weekly for 50 minutes but flexible.

In subsequent sessions I will listen carefully to the story you present of your life, paying careful attention to what you believe is and isn't working for you, help you to make sense of, develop meaning and then support you to heal, change, grow and learn in a deep sustainable way.

Through the relationship we develop, you will increase your understanding and as a result, your own ability to change. Together we will identify the root causes of the issues that you present and I will support you in changing the meaning you attach to what has happened to you.

Training, qualifications & experience

Training and experience:

I am trained on the impact of trauma, rape, sexual abuse, self harm, domestic violence, addiction and shame.

Since qualifying I have completed many different training courses to ensure my skills and knowledge are up to date.

I hold professional insurance and I am DBS checked.

In addition to my private practice I also work as a counsellor for Somerset & Avon Rape and Sexual Assault (SARSAS). Previously I have provided counselling and crisis support for a Sexual Assault Referral Centre , worked on the National Violence Helpline (Women's Aid) and supported victims of crime.

Member organisations

BACP

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.

Fees

£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Additional information

£50 per session

Bristol
Gloucestershire
BS36

Cheddar
Somerset
BS27

Type of session

Online

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

In England and Wales, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly known as CRB) carry out criminal records checks for individuals working with vulnerable groups, such as children. To find out more, visit gov.uk , or contact this professional directly

Bernie Mills

Bernie Mills