Bridget O'Connell MBACP, DipHIC, BSc (Hons)
My name is Bridget and I warmly welcome you.
I am a warm, approachable, committed and fully qualified Humanistic and Integrative Counsellor. I believe that the power of the therapeutic relationship is key to the success of therapy and as such, from a strongly relational stance, offer a safe, nourishing and nurturing environment in which to explore any issues you may be currently facing. It may be that life has thrown you some unexpected challenges, it may be that you are asking Who Am I? Alternatively you may want to celebrate your successes and would like to be witnessed and supported in this.
Whatever the reason for bringing you to my page I offer a collaborative and supportive environment in which to explore your current situation. I provide 1:1 face to face, telephone and online, short and long term counselling and psychotherapy from my private therapy room in Whitchurch, South Bristol (near to the ring road and surrounding areas of Totterdown, Hengrove, Knowle, Brislington and Keynsham).
I have extensive experience working with stress, anxiety, depression, abuse, trauma, PTSD, bereavement and relational and anger issues. I also have experience working with pre and perinatal issues including Vanishing Twin Syndrome, fertility and pregnancy issues, miscarriage and postnatal depression.
As a piano teacher I am also very interested in using creative techniques in the therapy room such as moving, singing, drawing and shouting. This can help with feelings of shame and accesses emotions and experiences that are too difficult to talk about initially.
I invite you to be 'deeply heard, supported and understood' and to reach and accept 'love, growth and hope'.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Postgraduate Diploma in Humanistic and Integrative Counselling (Distinction) from BCPC (Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling).
I have a Foundation Certificate in Counselling from BCPC.
I have a BSc (Hons) Degree in Psychology from Middlesex University.
I am a registered member of BACP and adhere to their code of ethics and also attend regular supervision.
I am committed to my professional and personal development and as such regularly attend workshops to further develop my knowledge and practice. My additional qualifications and experience include:
Certificate in 'Eating Disorders In the Therapy Room'.
'Managing Generalised Anxiety Disorder and Panic Attacks'
'Healing our Shadow' - Jungian Archetypes
'Weekend Anger Workshop'
'Using Music in the Therapy Room'
'Finding One's Voice in the Therapy Room'
My work experience includes:
Bristol Mind - working with individuals who came with a range of issues including, bereavement, isolation, trauma, financial and relational issues.
The Southmead Project - working with clients who had current addictions and came from abusive backgrounds.
Weston College - working with individuals aged 16+ who were suffering with exam related stress, depression and anxiety.
I was also a Samaritan for a number of years.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have extensive knowledge and experience working with pre and perinatal birth wounds and their impact in later life. I welcome anyone interested in working through this early stage of life and its impact on us as adults.
As a piano teacher for over 15 years I am also interested and have extensive experience working with creative techniques in the therapy room, for instance using music, art and movement as an alternative method of expression.
£47.00 per session
Free initial in-person or online session
Concessions offered for
I charge £43- £47 per 50 minute session depending on a number of factors. Please contact me for further details.
- I have current availability on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday daytimes.
I offer a free 30 minute session with no obligation to book further sessions. This gives us a chance to get to know each other and decide whether we want to work together. If we decide to go ahead we will book in regular weekly slots. If not I will endeavour to point you in the direction of another suitable counsellor.