Heather Kapelko BA (hons) Counselling, MBACP Accredited, Supervisor.
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 and work coach 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.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
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
During the Coronavirus lockdown I am offering Keyworkers (NHS staff, Care workers, Supermarket employees) special sessional rates at £35 per session. These can be one off or ongoing.
Missed sessions are charged at the full session rate.
Concessions offered for
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.