About me

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

Member organisations


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

Belonging and identity, including cultural and gender identity

Third culture kids

Reflective practice

Organisational psychology

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Existential therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Psychosynthesis
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transpersonal psychology

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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.

Further information

UPDATE: I am now working online and by phone only due to the Corona situation until further notice.


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.

Professional affiliation

I am a registered member of BACP British Assocation of Counselling and Psychotherapy - membership no. 375911 - and abide by their code of ethics.

Orchard Street Centre
13-14 Orchard Street

Battery Lane
North Somerset
BS20 7JD

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages Norwegian


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 currently have availability for new clients, daytime and evening in both Bristol and Portishead.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


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