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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

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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

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.

Therapies offered

  • Couples counselling
  • Group therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Psychosexual therapy


My charge for a session, which lasts for 50 minutes ranges from £55 to £70.

My standard fee for couples therapy ranges from £80 to £95.

My charge for an online couples session is £75.

My standard fee for supervision is £55 per session.

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.


Orchard Street Business Centre
13-14 Orchard Street

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


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.

Wheelchair user access

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


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
Telephone supervision

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Duncan E. Stafford MBACP (Registered and Accredited)

Duncan E. Stafford MBACP (Registered and Accredited)