Duncan E. Stafford MBACP (Registered and Accredited)

Duncan E. Stafford MBACP (Registered and Accredited)

About me

I provide a relaxed, comfortable and informal space where you can talk in confidence about any issues troubling you. I offer counselling, psychotherapy and couples/relationship therapy (including working with sexual difficulties) as well as supervision for a wide range of other therapists. I also offer online counselling and walk and talk therapy. Please visit www.relationship-therapy-bristol.co.uk for details of my couples and sex therapy practice.

I have been in practice for almost 20 years and am a BACP accredited and registered counsellor / psychotherapist.

Common reasons women and men come to work with me include:

* stress, anxiety, depression, self-blame, rumination

* relationship issues

* sexual difficulties, including (but not limited to) internet, cyber, and sex addictions (individuals and couples)

* intimacy issues

* low self-confidence and negative life events

* work-related difficulties

* trauma and abuse (female and male)

* bereavement

* issues concerning personal fulfilment and development

* issues around sexuality and gender

* issues around porn addictions (male and female)

* relationship issues and difficulties with intimacy and sex.

Training, qualifications & experience

I undertook my initial undergraduate and postgraduate training as a therapist with the University of Cambridge and worked during that time for Cambridge and Peterborough Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust at Addenbrooke's hospital and Cambridge University Counselling Service. I trained as an Intergrative supervisor with Cambridge Supervision Training.

I consider the quality of the therapeutic relationship to be central to work I carry out.

My original training was psychodynamic in orientation and my own analysis was Jungian. My further trainings (including hypnotherapy) allow me to work Integratively – this means that I can draw on a wide range of therapeutic models within psychodynamic, humanistic and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) frameworks.

Professional memberships and ethical code:

MBACP (accred) – Registered and accredited member of British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

GHR – Registered with the General Hypnotherapy Register

I am bound by and adhere to the BACPs Ethical Framework. In the past I was a member of COSRT and I continue to practice within there code of ethics and practice.


In addition to my current private practice work I have experience of working in numerous settings including: NHS Psychological Treatments Service; student counselling at the University of Cambridge; groupwork with young male and female offenders (home office secure accommodation); group facilitation with young women in severe welfare need (local authority care); and mentoring and supervision for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, London.

Publications and media:

I have written and contributed to a variety of magazines and periodicals on subjects as diverse as men and eating disorders, supervision, pornography, and death, dying and fitness to practice. I have consulted for numerous television programmes on the subject matter of pornography and I am also the author of Turned On: Intimacy in a pornized society – WiTTING PRESS (2010).

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Individuals and couples work

I work with couples and individuals on issues around fidelity, trust and jealousy, intimacy, identity, meaninglessness, fear of dying, all psychological forms of sexual difficulty (including sex, pornography and cybersexual addictions), masculinity, negotiated non-monogamy (polyamory, open marriages) and gender issues. My practice is kink aware.

Online work

I work with individuals and couples via video chat sessions using FaceTime, WhatsApp and VSee. Please see my website www.therapyplace.org for further details.


My charge for a session, which lasts for 50 minutes ranges from £50 to £65.

My standard fee for couples therapy ranges from £75 to £100 for a one-hour session.

My standard fee for supervision is £55 per session.

My charge for a session, which lasts for 50 minutes ranges from £50 to £60.

Paypal payments (by special arrangement for those outside the UK only).

Further information

To arrange an initial session or for further information, contact me by phone, text or email. Please refer to my website for full details about the services I offer. All my points of contact are confidential. I will respond to your message as soon as possible.

Maps & Directions

Bristol, BS48

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access: No

I am able to offer online video chat therapies for people with accessibility difficulties. (I have been working online since 2005.)


When I have spaces in my practice these are available between 8 am and 5.30pm. My practice is not open at weekends or bank holidays.

Types of client

Older adults

Supervision & training

I offer a creative and collaborative space for supervision, both face-to-face and online via video chat over a secure telemedicine platform.

Online supervision:Yes
Telephone supervision:Yes
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