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Heather Kapelko BA (hons) Counselling, MBACP Accredited, Supervisor.

Bristol, South Gloucestershire, BS37
07724 639361 07724 639361 Registered / Accredited
Bristol, South Gloucestershire, BS37

About me

If you are reading this you may well be in crisis or are being challenged by a life issue and are asking what can Heather do to help me?

I have been a counsellor for many years and have helped people with all types of different challenges and losses. I would describe myself as an integrative counsellor with a person centred heart, which means that I use  techniques from different modes of counselling that will best suit you and your needs and I am happy to work creatively with you if this is what you would like. The counselling would be a collaborative process where you are met in a relationship which is warm, accepting, non-judgemental and empathic. By having me 'in your corner', together we can help you find the answers to the questions you seek. My hope is that you would feel supported and held by me.

Being a lady of mature years I have a lot of life experience that I bring to my counselling practice.

I am an accredited registered member of BACP and work according to their code of practice and ethics.

Please see my website www.abbotswoodcounsellingbristol.co.uk for details of my privacy statement and how I use and protect any information that you give me when using my service.

Training, qualifications & experience

Online and telephone counselling 2020

Advanced diploma in Relational Supervision 2019

Ascentis Level 3 Supervision 2015

Clinical Supervisor Bristol Cruse 2014 to date

BA (Hons) Counselling - University of Gloucestershire 2012

Private Practice 2011

FdSc counselling - University of Bristol 2010

Counsellor with Bristol Mind - 2011

Counsellor with Bristol Cruse - 2005 to 2017

I also under take continual professional development to update my practice each year, above are some of the courses I have completed to date.

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

Rewind therapy

Therapies offered

  • Couples counselling
  • Existential therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy


For the initial individual session of 30 minutes the charge is £20.

For couples the first session is 50 minutes and the charge is £30.
At this session whether on line, by phone or face to face we can meet and see if you feel I am the right counsellor to work with you.

After the initial session, all sessions are 50 minutes in length.
My fees are then:-

Single clients £40.00 per session.
Couples £50.00 per session.

Missed sessions are charged at the full session rate.

Further information

Short term counselling work either one to one over the phone, online or face to face usually lasts anywhere between 1 to 12 sessions. This is useful for times of crisis or for focusing on specific problems or difficulties that are being experienced. Longer term work of 12 sessions or more would be useful to explore deeper issues that have been with you for a longer time and have shaped the person you are. These issues may be stopping you from living the life you want to have. By being aware of what has 'shaped' us in this way would be the first step to understanding why we behave in certain ways and can be the first step to changing in a way that may better help you live the life you want.

My practice is based in a dedicated counselling room in my home. There is a step into the garden and two steps into my counselling room. I am a multi faith / non faith liberal viewed counsellor.

In these times of coronavirus social distancing my counselling practice is being offered over the phone or online using the Zoom platform. If you have any queries regarding this I would be pleased to answer them or check out my webpage at www.abbotswoodcounsellingbristol.co.uk  for more details.

Feedback from clients.

I am now feeling a great deal better. The individual support from Heather was perfect for me. She was very understanding and empathetic. I no longer feel alone.

Things are going unbelievably well between us, we are stronger than ever, which is a wonderful feeling to have. We are both growing as a couple and as individuals.

I want to say thank you for supporting me through a very difficult time in my life, you have helped me to find courage and strength to carry on.

I feel so much better now and have lost seven pounds. I want to thank you so much as I couldn't have done it without you Heather.

South Gloucestershire

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 have one step into the garden and two steps into the counselling room


I have sessions available from 9.00 am to 8.00 pm Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


"Amazing things can happen when we listen to one another" Hunt (1986) About me as a supervisor.My supervision practice is based on the seven eyed model of supervision by R Shohet and P Hawkins see "Supervision in the Helping Professions" which gives both the supervisor and counsellor a map to work from within each supervision session.I am warmly relational and when working together I would encourage you to bring the client into focus in the room as a unique human being, looking at the work from their perspective through their own lens.

Online supervision
Telephone supervision

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Heather Kapelko BA (hons) Counselling, MBACP Accredited, Supervisor.

Heather Kapelko BA (hons) Counselling, MBACP Accredited, Supervisor.