Isabel Bristowe BA (Hons), BSc (Hons) Psych, MBACP (Accred.)
When we have problems in our life, or life itself seems problematic, it can help to talk to a caring professional. I offer the opportunity to engage in a non-judgemental and confidential exploration of your world. I am a fully qualified and accredited BACP counsellor and a certified Emotionally Focused couples therapist. I work with individuals and couples, adults and older teenagers and offer both short term and long term support.
I believe the relationship my client and I build is the most important element in the healing process. When this working relationship is collaborative, trusting and feels safe it encourages understanding of what can be changed in your life and how to accept and better manage what cannot be changed.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified and accredited counsellor in an integrative-relational approach. This approach draws on a range of theories which means I can tailor our collaborative work to best fit your individual concerns within a safe and compassionate environment.
I am also a certified Emotionally Focused therapist (visit www.iceeft.com for more information) to help support couples facing challenges in their relationship. This approach is collaborative in helping you to identify the repeated patterns of conflict that create distance between you. I work with you both to develop a deeper understanding of the difficult emotions that you are both experiencing. These emotions that include fear, loneliness and hurt drive these negative patterns. Together we can look at transforming the distress and distance between you to a rediscovery of the love that brought you together and a strengthening of this bond.
If the thought of couple's therapy does not feel right at this point you may prefer to try a Hold Me Tight® (HMT) relationship enhancement workshop for couples. I co-run these two day intensive courses regularly. If you are interested please visit my website for more information.
I have worked with CRUSE Bereavement Care and AMS Bereavement Support, counselling both adults and children through their difficult time of grief and loss. I have also gained insight into excluded and struggling teenagers through my work with Surrey Care Trust. This work also included working with older individuals as a mentor to help with their personal goals. I currently volunteer with Marriage Care in addition to my private practice.
My counselling experience of supporting clients has included a wide range of difficulties. These include abuse, anxiety problems, bereavement, cancer, childhood abuse or neglect, depression, low self-esteem, MS, pregnancy and birth, rape, relationship issues, sex problems, sexual and gender identity issues, stress, terminal illness and work related stress.
BA (Hons) Integrative-Relational Counselling
BSc (Hons) Psychology
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Child related issues
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
As I believe in the importance of the therapeutic relationship, I offer a free 20-30 minute phone consultation. This provides you the opportunity to ask any questions and to see if we would feel comfortable working together.
Thereafter, if we both decide to work together, I would normally see you weekly over an agreed period. A normal session is for 50 minutes for both individuals and couples. I also offer 75 minutes to couples who want sessions of longer duration. Sometimes couples are interested in an intensive private and personalised therapy. This is a bespoke package, flexibly structured for up to four hours a day for two or three days.
Fees are payable at the beginning of each session:
The fee for each session in my private practice near Sloane Square, London and Haslemere, Surrey is:
£80 for individuals
£100 for couples (£150 for extended sessions)
Intensives are agreed separately
I offer short and long term work.
I am an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I am bound by its Ethical Framework. My work is supervised by a senior practitioner.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Weekdays and evenings.
Types of client