Janet Brandling, MBACP, Dip Counselling

Janet Brandling, MBACP, Dip Counselling

Urban Fringe Dispensary
Colston Street



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About me

I understand that looking for a counsellor or therapist can be a confusing business. How will you know who to choose? I think it’s important to meet or speak to the people who strike you as likely candidates. Then trust your instincts.

What happens when you get in touch

When you get in touch with me we can have a chat on the phone or an initial appointment to discuss what your needs are. You don't have to decide straight away and can have a think about whether you feel comfortable with me. Once we start meeting we set aside a regular day and time which is just for you. We meet in my private room, and what we discuss is confidential.We will spend a couple of meetings reviewing how your life has been so far and whether there have been any extraordinary events. Thereafter we go where the work takes us. We can look at both the past and present to see how your experiences have an effect on you now. I work in an open ended way, which means I don’t limit the number of sessions and we can review the therapy as we go along.

How I work

I am an Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counsellor, trained at the Metanoia Institute, London. This means I am influenced by several therapy traditions and work relationally. In practice it means I will engage wholeheartedly in our relationship and discussions, providing a safe space for you to share your feelings and reflections. I do not think about you as someone who is ill or needs a diagnosis. Instead I consider you as a whole person, with strengths and weaknesses, just like me. I think it’s important for us to develop a trusting working relationship. Therapy is a collaboration.

Who I work with

I work with adults on an individual basis. I do not currently work with couples or children. I work with many issues including those related to trauma, relationships, grief and loss, and health or caring issues. I have worked in the NHS and the charitable counselling sector, which has given me a wide ranging experience. I have a particular interest in peri and post natal depression and used to run a support group for women with post natal depression. I also work with clients experiencing chronic pain and other long standing conditions.

Contact me

Contact me by telephone or email to arrange an initial appointment, then you can see whether I am the therapist for you. It’s normal to feel a bit nervous about this, I’ll do my best to help you feel at ease.

Training, qualifications & experience

Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counselling, Metanoia Institute

Just completing an MSc Integrative Psychotherapy to become a psychotherapist, Metanoia Institute

I have experience in both shorter and longer term counselling relationships. I have worked in both the NHS and charitable mental health sector.

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Accredited register membership


I charge £40-45 per session depending on location.

Further information

In Weston super Mare I work from a private garden room, which ensures absolute privacy.

in Bristol I have a consulting room in the Urban Fringe Dispensary and in Picton Street.

My usual practice is to meet you weekly at a time we agree together.

Maps & Directions

Bristol, BS1 5AZ
Weston-super-Mare, BS23

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: No

For people who have accessibility challenges I can work using online tools such as Facetime or Hangouts. For people who find sitting in a room difficult I can offer walking-talking appointments, in a location to suit us both.


I have daytime and evening appointments available. Please get in touch to see which suit you

Types of client

Older adults