Janet Brandling, MBACP, Dip Counselling
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 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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Bipolar disorder
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
I charge £40-45 per session depending on location.
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
Type of session
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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