Denise Gregory (MBACP (Accred), MBPsS, DPS Couns., BSc (Hons) Psych)
We can all experience difficulties at times and feel anxious, overwhelmed, confused, scared or alone. It is not always easy or practical to confide in friends or family. In such situations, counselling can often help.
As a qualified counsellor, accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), I can offer you a safe and confidential environment where you can explore and discuss your concerns at your own pace, without fear of judgement.
I passionately believe in the power of listening, empathy, acceptance and giving opportunities to clients to explore whatever they are experiencing patiently and supportively. With greater insight and care, clients can see their self-confidence improving and feel empowered to make the decisions that are right for them. My approach is non-directive, which means that you decide what and how much you tell me and together we can embark on a journey of self-discovery, self-acceptance and potential change.
I embrace diversity and differences and I have been privileged to work with people from different walks of life, ethnicities, religions, cultures and sexualities. I can offer counselling in English and French. Difference does not have to mean isolation, misunderstanding or rejection. We can find a common language to work together by accepting and being curious about one another.
So… How do I work?
I work in an integrative and relational way, offering short-term, long-term and open-ended counselling in South Gloucestershire, in the North of Bristol. I use different counselling models and techniques to adapt my approach to your unique needs and the most important aspect of our work together will be our relationship. I may also, if appropriate and desired, integrate aspects of Solution-Focused Hypnotherapy, such as deep relaxation and visualisation, to reduce anxiety and stress and to help you to make the necessary positive changes to your life to achieve your goals. Integrating various approaches allows therapy to be personalised to you and your needs. Please look at my website or contact me if you would like further information.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in Professional Studies in Counselling, The University of the West of England (Level 6 qualification, accredited by the BACP)
- Certificate in Counselling Skills, The University of the West of England (Accredited by the BACP)
- Transactional Analysis 101 Certificate (European Association for Transactional Analysis)
- First Degree of Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Psychology, The Open University
- Diploma in Solution-Focused Hypnotherapy (DSFH) (Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training)
- Continuous Professional Development
I worked for Victim Support, where I supported victims of crime, including survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse.
I worked for Marie Curie Cancer Care as a Helper, where I supported terminally ill individuals and their families.
I worked for Hope’s Place until they closed at the end of May 2014 due to lack of funding. Hope’s Place offered affordable counselling to clients with pregnancy related issues.
I worked for the University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust as an Occupational Health Counsellor, where I supported NHS staff with general and professional issues, and for Network Counselling where I offered general counselling.
Building on my Degree in Psychology, I am always fascinated to learn more about the workings of the brain and the mind. I am particularly interested in neuroscience, an ever changing area of research in the workings of the brain, thoughts, emotions, intelligence as well as their links with the body and its physical functions. Solution-Focused Hypnotherapy has therefore been a natural progression for me to develop further my understanding and to learn new ways to help clients to understand themselves and move towards a positive future.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Chronic and long-term illness
- Cultural differences and diversity
- Dissociative identity disorder
- Gender issues
- Isolation, loneliness
- Life changes (change of career, etc.)
- Intimacy issues
I offer a free 30 minute initial consultation. This gives us the opportunity to meet and to get to know each other enough to decide if we can work together while allowing you to ask me questions.
My usual rate is £40 for an hour session after the initial consultation. I also offer concessions for clients on low-income, students and student counsellors. Please do not hesitate to contact me to discuss this further.
I have professional indemnity insurance. I also have an enhanced DBS certificate allowing me to work with vulnerable adults.
There is free parking in front of the counselling room, also easily accessible by bus and by train.