Hello, I’m Ingrid. I offer counselling during the day and evening in Portishead BS20 and in central Bristol BS1 and BS3. I have worked in mental health all my life. Areas of special interest include identity and loss, mixed heritage and the impact of boarding school and other forms of family separation.
My approach to counselling is to help you work through your difficulties and uncover the meaning that may be hiding underneath - perhaps a need to stand up for yourself, to express parts of you that have remained hidden, to be allowed the feelings you have had to cover over for so long. By untangling the threads and feeling into what is really going on for us, paradoxically we are freed up to feel differently about ourselves.
This can help with a wide range of issues, such as:
- Anxiety, anger, lack of confidence and self esteem
- Addictive behaviour and self destructive habits
- Exhaustion, depression, lack of motivation
- Loss of direction / sense of meaning
- Trauma, loss and bereavement
- Abuse - sexual, physical, mental or emotional abuse and neglect
- Conflicted identity including gender identity
- Relationship problems and difficulties with intimacy and sexuality
Deciding to come to counselling takes courage. Just turning up may be a big step. Sometimes we do not understand why we are feeling rageful, fearful, low, lost, or lacking in meaning. We may feel very unsure. Sometimes we know there are things in the recent or more distant past that we need to acknowledge and come to terms with in order to move forward in life. Times of crisis and uncertainty can be a turning point but some things must fall away to give space for new growth.
What does this mean for you I wonder? What is your soul calling for?
I know from personal experience – both as a client and as a therapist – that talking therapy helps very many of us to feel more connected, more alive, more at one with ourselves, and more able to make choices that take us in the direction we want to be going. As your counsellor I would hope to help you discover what this means for you.
Training, qualifications & experience
My working life has primarily been in mental health, but I have also been a manager in a charity, taught Norwegian as a second language, worked in a sea food delicatessen, been a tour guide, a cleaner, and spent time learning to paint. I worked for seven years in the NHS in North Somerset as a counsellor and CBT therapist, seeing individuals and groups for help with anxiety, depression, stress, bereavement, physical and mental disability, issues with communication, self esteem and managing emotions.
More recently I have been supporting staff and residents in a hostel for homeless men with complex needs in Bristol, supporting those suffering from the aftermath of physical abuse, sexual violence, warfare, cultural displacement, addiction etc.
- Reflective Practice Manager at hostels for homeless men with complex needs in Bristol.
Counsellor at Oasis Talk, NHS Bristol.
- Senior Wellbeing Advisor at Positive Step, NHS North Somerset primary care mental health service (IAPT)
- Self employed counsellor offering employee mental health support for international company
- Regional manager of ‘SITRA’, a housing care and support consultancy
- Psychiatric nursing assistant
- Oxford MIND day centre worker
- Diploma in Integrative Transpersonal Counselling – Re-Vision 2017
- Postgraduate Certificate in Evidence-based Psychological Practice – Exeter University 2014
- Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling skills – University of Wales Newport 2011
- MSc Occupational Psychology – Birkbeck College, University of London 2004
- BA(Hons) Psychology & Philosophy – Oxford University 1986
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Belonging and identity, including cultural and gender identity
Third culture kids
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Compassion-Focused Therapy
- Existential therapy
- Gestalt therapy
- Humanistic therapies
- Other therapies
- Person-centred therapy
- Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
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I charge £50 for day time sessions and £55 for evening sessions (finishing after 5.30pm)
A few concessionary spaces are available for those on a low income, please ask if this applies to you.
I offer a 10% discount if you wish to pay upfront for 10 sessions.
I work from a number of dedicated therapy rooms in Bristol and offer sessions in central Bristol BS1, Clifton BS8, and Southville BS3. In Portishead I work from a dedicated therapy room in my home with peaceful views over the Lake Grounds and the Bristol Channel.
I am a registered member of BACP British Assocation of Counselling and Psychotherapy - membership no. 375911 - and abide by their code of ethics.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I currently have availability for new clients, daytime and evening in both Bristol and Portishead.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|