Dawn Kingston MBACP (Accred)

Dawn Kingston MBACP (Accred)


Frenchay, Bristol

0117 9414710 / 077 92 189 893

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Frenchay, Bristol

0117 9414710 / 077 92 189 893

About me

I am a fully accredited Counsellor and a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP).  I have 20 years’ experience developing therapeutic relationships with people, within voluntary sector support services.  I have a private practice in counselling, which is based in Frenchay, as well as the St Andrews area of Bristol.  I started my counselling training in 2007 and I have a diverse range of counselling experience.  Whilst at ‘Terrence Higgins Trust’ I worked with people diagnosed and living with HIV.  At ‘Listen in’ community counselling service within Bristol University, I saw people with a broad range of issue and concerns. As well as this, I am an Associate Counsellor for the Nhs and a number of Employee Assistance Providers.  I have a great deal of experience at providing long and short term counselling.

My approach is Humanistic and Integrative, which means I am adaptable and aim to work in a way that meets individual need.  My work is embedded within the ‘person centred approach’, which places the emphasis on believing you are the expert on yourself.  Entering into counselling is a process and an opportunity to tell your story and to gain greater insight.  As your counsellor, I will provide a safe non-judgmental and supportive space to enable you to explore your thoughts, feelings and emotions.  I will support you through difficult and sensitive areas, with care and empathy.  Having time to reflect and explore helps to increase greater self- awareness and access to answers from within.

After being in private practice since 2010, I wanted to expand my learning.  Last year I undertook Gestalt Fundamentals training in South Wales.  I have always been drawn to experiential learning; It allows me to learn in an embodied way.  Gestalt therapy emphasis's awareness of self and working in the ‘here and now’.  Through experimenting and using all our senses, we find out what gets in the way and also what nourishes us.  Identifying what is going on in our mind and bodies leads to deeper insight and healing.  It is easy to be self-critical, but this approach places the emphasis on developing a sense of curiosity and compassion towards ourselves.  I have been so inspired by my learning that I am going on to do, the advanced Gestalt training later this year (2018).

Training, qualifications & experience

Other training 2017; Dramatherapy conference and workshops.  Gender and identity training and Shame workshops with Gestalt focus.

Gestalt Fundamentals 2017

Foundation Degree in Counselling - FdSc 2007-2010 – Bristol University

Community & Youth Work DipHE 1995-97

Membership of professional bodies –

  • British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) accredited and registered member

  • Bristol Psychotherapy Association (BPA)

  • Counsellors and Psychotherapists in Private Practice (CAPPP)

  • Lapidus South West - The Writing for Wellbeing Organisation

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership


You would be welcome to give me a call, if you would like to talk before booking an initial session.

Fee £40 for 50 minute session

Sliding scale available, normally for day time slots.  Sessions work best weekly.

Maps & Directions

Bristol, BS7
Frenchay, Bristol, BS16

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Day time and evening sessions available

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme