Elizabeth Sofiyanska BSc(Psych),MBPsS,Registered/MBACP,MNCS(Acc),MSc(Couns.)

Elizabeth Sofiyanska BSc(Psych),MBPsS,Registered/MBACP,MNCS(Acc),MSc(Couns.)

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About me

I am member of BPS(The British Psychological Society),registered with BACP(British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) and accredited member of NCS(The National Counselling Society).I am a Counsellor/Psychologist and have an independent practice based in the Portishead/Bristol area.

I provide short to long-term confidential Counselling to individuals.I receive monthly supervision with regards to my work as a Counsellor.

My theoretical orientation is integrative, open-ended and person-centered.

As an addition to my private practice I have been a volunteer, working in the past for organisations like ‘MEND’, ‘Listen In’ and I used to work as a volunteer staff Counsellor at Avon Partnership Occupational Health Service (NBT), Frenchay/ Southmead Hospital.

I work with diverse client base. I take self referrals and GP referrals. All sessions are confidential and my practice is fully insured and supervised.

Training, qualifications & experience


BSc Psychology (Hons) University of the West of England

• INT Certificate in Counselling Skills - City of Bristol College/College Green

• Diploma in Counselling - University of Bristol

• Diploma in CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy) - Bristol Hypnotherapy Depression Clinic Greenway Community Practice

MSc in Counselling - University of Bristol

Training / Certificates:

Introduction to Integrative Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy by Professional Studies, Training Metanoia Institute

•Gestalt Basics - University of Bristol

•Systemic Constellations - University of Bristol

•Working with Anger - University of Bristol

•CBT Diploma Course/ CBT intense two day course with an exam ,accredited by the NRAHNational Register of Advanced Hypnotherapists, HCB Hypnosis Control Board Ltd., Academy For Continued Hypnosis Education Open College Network (SWR)
Introduction to Solution Focused Practice/ BRIEF

Being In Touch /2012/ NETWORK Counselling and Training

Breaking the cycle of depression without drugs - Mindfields College (Psychology, Psychotherapy, Education)

Therapy skills for stopping addictions/Brief - Mindfields College (Psychology, Psychotherapy, Education)

•The Therapist’s Well- Being- Seminar/London

•Counselling confidentiality, data protection and access to records: Peter Jenkins /BACP Professional Development Day /Bristol

•Health and Wellbeing  at Work 2014/Faculty of Occupational Medicine/Birmingham

•Clarity, Harmony & Growth/ IMPACT/2014/Birmingham

•Attendance of Ride Along /Observer /Avon and Somerset Police/ Weston-Super-Mare/2014

•Attendance of Making Connections/ BACP/Making Connections/ 2014/Bristol

•Critical Incident Debriefing/CID/Course/ 2014/London

Attended the Conference-‘Therapy - Treatment or Journey?’/Counsellors’ Collective South West LLP/ 2014/UWE/Bristol

•Working with trauma and dissociation /The British Psychological Society /2015/London

HABC Level 2 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work/Course/2015/Bath

•Understanding Eating Disorders/ Network: training /2015/Bristol

•'Suicide and suicidal ideation'/BACP/2016/Exeter

•The fast trauma (PTSD) and phobia Cure/Human Givens College/Two-day course/2016/Bristol

•'Understanding and recognising sex addiction':Paula Hall/2016/Bristol

Life in the UK Test/Bristol/2016

Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults/2016/Online

Telephone Counselling BACP update and refresher/via phone/2016


‘Working with bereaved client’/Online /BACP/2016

‘Working with addiction: underlying causes’/Online /BACP/2016

‘Sugar - the new baddie on the block?’/Online /BACP/2016

‘What’s wrong with porn? The rising prevalence of sex and pornography addiction’/Online /BACP/2017

‘Broken lives, Broken Brains, Broken Hearts’/Online /BACP/2017

Member organisations


Accredited register membership


Costs & Schedules:

Sessions are once weekly.

A session is 50 minutes long and will cost £50.

Fees can be made by cash, Direct Debit or cheques (payable to ESPCS).

Fees can be paid in advance or at each session.

Further information


Counselling starts with an initial session where a contract is explained and this consists of details on confidentiality, the associated costs, place of meetings, cancellations and late arrivals at sessions.

Counselling is available at the following locations.


  • Portishead/Bristol
  • Disabled access is available at some of the locations, please ask for more details.

General Availability: Weekdays Daytimes, Weekday Evenings

It's possible to arrange telephone/online sessions, or a mixture of face to face plus telephone/online sessions if travel is difficult for you. This can be with regards to family commitments, illness, travel or just personal preference.

Maps & Directions

Bristol, BS20

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: Bulgarian


Bookings can be made via telephone,email or text message, subject to availability.

Types of client

Older adults