Isla Macdonald

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Diploma Integrative Transpersonal Counselling UKCP accred.
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Bristol, BS2
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About me

When life is hard it can often help to talk to someone outside of the situation.  I offer a safe space to slow down, pay attention and explore what is happening.  Much of what causes difficulty for us now has its roots in early life and relationships, yet shifts happen in the present.  Paying attention to what is happening now and working through things in a therapeutic relationship can enable us to uncover new easier ways of being in ourselves and the world.

I specialise in attachment and developmental trauma, sexual abuse, bereavement, existential and spiritual crisis, the inner relationship with ourselves, chronic and acute human difficulties and anxieties.  Other issues I address include relationships, low self esteem, lack, post-traumatic stress, dissociative disorder, non sexual abuse, physical and mental health, spirituality, anger, stress, depression, work issues, climate related grief and anxiety.

I hold a steady, compassionate, sensitive space where you are welcome to bring your whole self, whichever parts of you are struggling and whatever you need to say. I work intuitively, trusting the wisdom of the body and being, aspects of soul that might initially be less conscious but often have a clear sense of what is wanted and not wanted. By working creatively, welcoming and exploring with words but also movement, gesture, pictures, images, dreams and inner child expression, we can use everything to help us untangle and integrate what is here.

Training, qualifications & experience

I qualified with Re-Vision, an established yet innovative centre for counselling and psychotherapy, in transpersonal, integrative, psychotherapeutic counselling.  I am also trained in Focusing which is a gentle, profound and natural way of paying attention to oneself and others that is based upon compassion and direct experience.

These trainings enable me employ Behavioural, Relational, Psychodynamic, Systemic, Transpersonal, Mindfulness, Existential and creative approaches in the work.  I keep up to date with the latest techniques with on going training and supervision.

My own journey began in my early 20s with an unravelling of my world view and coping strategies, uncovering what was not working in my life.  A Jungian therapist helped me put myself back together, enabling me to gain new perspectives, integrate and grow aspects of myself.  I have since explored and found many ways of working with my own inner world, including bodywork and Focusing, which now inform my approach to counselling.  I was a Palliative care nurse in Bristol and South Africa for many years, taught Mindfulness for pain and stress, volunteered as a Hospital Chaplain to the dying at Southmead and as a Counsellor with Cruse bereavement care and at Kinergy sexual abuse charity, working one to one and holding group work.

My current explorations are into deeper 'parts work', touching the deeper foundations of character development, wounding and uncovering a less cluttered relationship with innate self. 

Having trained in Wild therapy and begun to explore nature rituals I am now developing therapeutic retreats at Bala Brook on Dartmoor, combining therapy work, Focusing, rituals and nature.

I am now offering individual and group supervision in person or online. 

I’m registered with the UKCP and a member of the British Focusing Association

I work with adults and small groups delivering long and short-term therapy face-to-face, taking appointments in St Werburghs.


Diploma in Transpersonal Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counselling, Re-Vision (BACP and UKCP accredited)

Focusing Practitioner, British Focusing Association

Group Facilitation Training, Embodied Relational Therapy

Sandtray work

Mindfulness Training, Breathworks

Chaplaincy Training, Buddhist Healthcare Chaplaincy Trust

Diploma End of Life care, University West of England

Wild Therapy Training with Embodied Relational Therapy

Supervision with Soul training, Re-Vision October 2023 

Member organisations

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UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

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Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy
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Other areas of counselling I deal with

Wild Therapy

Whole body processing


£50.00 - £60.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Refugees

Additional information

My normal fee is £55 for a 1 hour session.

Limited number of concession rate places. 
Pay it Forward, if you are able to pay £60, I can offer others in need a fee reduction 

I work in person and only work online when necessary

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I work Monday to Thursdays, mainly daytimes with a few evenings, these come up less often. Early morning can also be possible. Do ask as I can have flexibility.

Further information

Therapeutic Retreats at Bala Brook Dartmoor. 

2022 Touching the beauty in Grief

2023 Embracing the Difficult; Healing through the Dark Emotions.

Any enquiries do get in touch or through website. 

Further Training and experience:

  • Sand tray 
  • Bereavement
  • Sexual abuse
  • Dissociative identity disorder
  • Children/Dynamic Focusing
  • Parts work, Treasure Maps Focusing
  • Whole body Focusing
  • counselling Supervision 
  • Dementia
  • End of life and chronic illness
  • Spiritual/Existential questioning
  • Rituals and nature work
  • Mindfulness and awareness practices
  • Group work
  • Non violent communication
  • Wild Therapy

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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I have a step up to my front door and a narrow hallway.

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In person

Counselling supervision - integrative, transpersonal, approachable, relational, creative and exploratory. In training, low cost offered.

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Isla Macdonald
Isla Macdonald