About me

I am an Integrative Counsellor working in Bristol (and beyond via Zoom and Telephone). I provide friendly individual counselling to adults. I hold an NCS accredited Foundation Degree in Counselling from the University of Plymouth I offer a confidential service within the ethical framework set out by the NCS. I hold a current enhanced DBS certificate. I’ll combine humanistic, psychoanalytic, existential and artistic therapeutic approaches to support you and help you to turn things around.

It’s when you sense, or realise, that things can’t remain the same and yet you feel frozen, unable to act, and you don’t know what to do. A personal crisis might leave you feeling powerless and anxious. Then you find that the ways in which you generally deal with problems aren’t working: the people you’d usually turn to for support – your partner, family, friends, colleagues – can’t give you what you need, despite their best intentions; they might be too involved with the issues you’re facing. You might also experience a deterioration in your physical and mental health. It’s not uncommon to feel anxious, depressed or emotionally fragile. This is when counselling can help. As your counsellor, my role isn’t to offer advice or to tell you what to do, but to help you find clarity about why you’re experiencing this ‘frozen’ feeling, and how to uncover new ways of living. I’ll provide a safe space in which to find, explore and understand new ways of dealing with the issues or problems you’re facing. I also offer a specialist counselling service for writers and artists engaging with personal experience through their work. It might be the specific issues you’re exploring that you want to bring to counselling; it might be the feelings your current work is giving rise to now; or how people you know, including those your work may be about, might react, should they read or see your work. Equally, it might be the relationship between your actual experience and the writing or art you produce. You may want to consider how you exercise self-care whilst engaging with these experiences. It could even be a combination of any or all of the above, or, of course, something else entirely.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Foundation Degree in Counselling - The University of Plymouth, 2021.
  • Diploma in Adult Education - The University of Nottingham, 1988.
  • B.A. Degree in Drama & English - The University of Lancaster, 1983.

I've worked as a Community Worker; in Adult Education; in the Arts. I've worked as a volunteer Counsellor at DbS Music College in Bristol and at Newport MIND.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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NCS

National Counselling Society

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

National Counselling Society

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

  • Estrangement
  • Working with Writers & Artists

Fees

From £35.00 to £40.00
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

  • The first, introductory 30 minute session is free.
  • Then each 50 minute session is £40.
  • £35 for students and people on benefits.

Filton
South Gloucestershire
BS34

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults

Key details

DBS check

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Wheelchair user access

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.

Online platforms

Zoom
Colin Brown

Colin Brown