Georgina Seymour MBACP PG Dip
Whatever brings you to counselling, I will provide a safe, warm and understanding space. I am experienced in supporting clients with a wide range of issues including anxiety and panic, generalised anxiety disorder, depression, family issues, eating disorders/disordered eating, issues around identity including gender and sexuality, coming to terms with a big life change. I am passionate about the difference counselling can make and have seen countless clients finish our work together in a better place than they started.
January can be a difficult month for a lot of us, we start off with resolutions and plans but sometimes we feel derailed when we don't succeed or hit unexpected obstacles. Or we come to realise that deeper change is needed but we aren't sure where to start. Counselling can be beneficial at these times to provide a space to process thoughts and feelings, and to make realistic plans for change. For this reason I am offering a short-term slot on Saturday mornings (£50) and opening up three reduced price slots on Monday and Tuesday morning (£32). These would be for a minimum of 6 sessions and a maximum of 8 sessions.
How I Work
Primarily I work in a Person-Centred way, this means that I build a relationship with each client, I attend closely to you and your experience, bearing in mind that we are all wonderfully unique and individual. Two of us may go through a similar experience but what we see/hear/feel will likely be different. So by listening to you I seek to understand your unique perspective and what you want to get from counselling. I come from an Integrative perspective which means that I draw on a range of models to really tailor my approach to each individual. I will sometimes encourage therapeutic writing or use creative methods in or between sessions. I find Transactional Analysis a useful model to help us understand ourselves more fully and how we interact with those around us. I also draw on some CBT tools and ideas to help us gain insight into challenging situations or behaviour. I take a whole-life approach and will sometimes explore the impact of sleeping patterns, physical wellbeing, how we use technology and food/eating. My approach is always open-minded, curious and mindful of your needs, limits and resources.
What you can expect
We would have an initial no-obligation session. This an opportunity to meet one another, to explore what has brought you to counselling and what you might want to be different. We might talk about any concerns or worries you have about counselling and how I could support you best. I will tell you a bit more about how I work and answer any questions you might have. It would be full 50 minute session charged at my usual rate to ensure that it is a safe, holding space for you. If you decide to not to go ahead with counselling at this time, or if you feel a different counsellor would better suit you, that is absolutely fine. If you do decide you would like to work together we would then talk together about the best direction for us to take and how many sessions we might want to meet for. I am experienced in both short-term counselling (generally 8-12 sessions) and longer term and am happy to work with you for as few, or as many, sessions as you think you need. We will have regular reviews so we can check-in on the direction of our work and to help us to have a planned, positive ending.
Areas of particular interest
I am experienced in working with a wide range of issues, however I do have a few areas of particular interest:
I am especially keen to work with issues of identity and how you relate to the world and people around you. I have worked for an LGBT service and value the opportunity to support those who may want to work through issues relating to their sexuality or gender, including the process of transitioning.
I am also a trained youthworker with 17 years experience working with young people aged between 11 and 25. I have worked as a counsellor for a young persons' mental health charity, and have experience in both a college and secondary school environment. I am aware of the unique challenges adolescents and young adults face and work to provide a safe space to talk as well as sharing tools and ideas to build resilience and self-awareness.
I am keen to support those who struggle with their weight, eating or have an eating disorder, including Binge Eating Disorder. Or perhaps you may not struggle with your weight but would prefer to have a healthier relationship with food. Counselling can give you a deeper understanding of the reasons behind your struggle and enable you to make positive changes. I am aware of how dissatisfaction with your weight and/or your body image can really impact on your self-esteem, I will offer a compassionate and non-judgemental space for you to explore this and work towards a different way of being. I find it essential when thinking about body/weight/eating to be aware of the context we live in and how our society may help or hinder healthful thinking and our ability to make positive choices.
I work within an Anti Discriminatory Framework.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Post-Graduate Diploma from the University of Bristol, as well as a BA Hons in Youth and Community Work. I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and adhere to their code of ethics. I am committed to undertaking regular courses to further my professional development.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Health anxiety
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic attacks
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I am interested in supporting clients for whom eating/weight/body image may be issues. I think that getting a deeper understanding of how you use food emotionally can help change patterns of behaviour, whilst helping to build your self-confidence and moving towards a more positive attitude towards your body can be transformative.
My fees are currently £42 for individuals. I am sometimes able to offer concessionary slots, please contact me to discuss if you cannot afford the full rate. Evening and Saturday morning slots are charged at £50.
I work from Bristol Talking Therapy Rooms in the city centre in Redcliffe. The rooms are light, airy and very comfortable. It is easily accessible by train or bus, there is paid-for car parking just opposite and bike racks close by.
I also work in a lovely therapy room on Orchard Street in the city centre, and sometimes at Eastern Yoga Studio in Greenbank.
The Walking Therapy sessions are held at Oldbury Court/Snuff Mills on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Slots throughout the day on Monday and Tuesday. I have two slot available on a Saturday morning for some time-limited work (6-8 sessions)
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|