Dawn Fretten Wilson
Counselling is a very individual and personal process and I have an open, curious approach to my practice as a psychotherapeutic counsellor. I aim to create a calm and containing space within which we can explore whatever you need to bring. This may be general feelings of stress, perhaps of ‘stuckness’, feelings of depression, anxiety and overwhelm, or a lack of purpose or direction in life. It may be that you want to make changes around a specific issue or ongoing relationship challenges. Perhaps you simply wish to understand yourself better. However it is for you, I am committed to working with you and at a pace that is sensitive to your needs.
A background in the creative arts and personal development support my focus on and belief in the process of therapy; of feeling listened to, valued and accepted within a trusting relationship which is able to embrace challenge and contain the unbearable through the process of change. I will listen in a way that neither judges you, nor tells you what to do.
How I work
I am an integrative therapist which means that I use elements of different psychological ideas to inform the most appropriate way of working with you and your particular needs. The therapeutic relationship is at the heart of my practice alongside the essential values of empathy, acceptance and genuineness. From this calm, grounded and deeply holding relationship, I can offer you ways of working which are creative and insightful, explorative and challenging. Informed primarily by person-centred, psychodynamic and gestalt theoretical approaches, I like to work with whatever may be meaningful for you. This can include creative writing, dreams, imagery or objects. I feel that humour can be helpful too at times!
What I can help with
I can help you to make sense of identity and relationship issues; of life events and experiences - past and present; to recognise and challenge thought and behaviour patterns and gain a new perspective; or to help you find ways of coping with difficulties that you might be facing. This can lead to greater self-trust, confidence and self-esteem and also promote the discovery of a more authentic, empowered and accepting sense of yourself.
I offer face-to-face and online, open-ended therapy. Sessions are 50 minutes long and, once agreed, on the same day/time each week.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a registered member of BACP which informs my commitment to ethical practice and the provision of a safe and confidential space for you. I hold a Diploma in Integrative Counselling from the University of the West of England which is also accredited by BACP.
I have a wealth of experience in working relationally with adults and young people from many and varied walks of life. My background is in the visual arts and personal development as an Art Teacher and PSHE Education Lead Teacher in secondary and post-16 education. I have counselling experience working in a further education college, university and for the mental health charity ‘Mind’. Alongside my private practice, I worked for ‘Bristol Mind’ as an Assistant Co-ordinator primarily training and supervising volunteers working on the Mindline and Trans+ crisis helplines. Currently, I am an Associate Lecturer on the Certificate in Counselling Skills course at the University of the West of England (UWE).
- MBACP (registered)
- Diploma - Professional Studies Counselling (UWE)
- Certificate -Counselling Studies (UWE)
- PD Certificate in Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE Ed) - specialising in Relationships and Sex Education (University of Roehampton accredited)
- (ATC) Art Teachers’ Certificate (University of London, Goldsmiths’ College)
- BA(Hons) 3D Design –Ceramics (UWE)
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
Concessions offered for
£30 -Initial consultation (50 minutes)
£50 -Counselling Psychotherapy sessions (50 minutes)
£40 -Concessionary rate (50mins) 2 spaces offered
Day and evening sessions offered.