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Please note: I am unable to take general enquiries until 12th January 2022

About me

Therapy in central Bristol.

  • Have you tried talking to family or friends but without success?
  • Possibly it may be too difficult to talk through some issues with them?
  • Is now the time to seek professional and experienced help?

If you are feeling that life is overwhelming, perhaps for a specific reason, or perhaps in a more general way, with feelings of sadness, anxiety or anger, then I can offer you a safe, confidential and non-judgmental place to explore your feelings. 

Many of us have times in our lives when feelings arise that can seem hard to bear on our own. Counselling can help to increase our self-awareness, giving us a better understanding and acceptance of ourselves, and enabling us to move forward in our lives. I absolutely believe that within us lie the answers to whatever we find troubling, and that counselling with a trained professional will help to find these answers.
I see clients with a wide range of issues from relationship difficulties, bereavement, anxiety, depression through to workplace or domestic bullying, pregnancy or fertility problems, shame and guilt.
I aim to help you understand "why" and "how" you respond as you do, in order for you to discover an alternative, more effective way of being. I will not judge or criticise you.  

I am an integrative counsellor/ psychotherapist. People feel, think and react differently. Working this way means that I am able to integrate different therapies so that they are tailored to meet each individual client's needs. This is based on my belief that no one therapeutic approach has all the answers.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a Post-Graduate Diploma from the University of Bristol.

I am a  Registered and Accredited member of the BACP, and also of the BACP Healthcare division.

I have trained in a number of areas, which I integrate into my work, and I regularly
update my skills.

I have taken several short courses with Professor Paul Gilbert in Compassion Focused Therapy, the most recent being Advanced Skills in Compassion Focus Therapy (2016). I have a particular interest in Mindfulness and have a daily practice, after completing an 8 week Mindfulness training course 8 years ago.

I also have a BA (Hons) from the University of Manchester.

I am an associate of several employee assistance programme, and am a BUPA registered practitioner. I am also a recognised provider for Aviva, AXA, Cigna and Vitality.

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Molar pregnancy
Recurrent miscarriage


£65.00 per session

EAP/Health Insurance Providers

  • Aviva

Additional information

£65 per 50 minute session


Unfortunately I currently have no availability.

Further information

In a former life I worked for an international magazine publishing house.

11 Orchard Street

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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Carolyn Barrows

Carolyn Barrows