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There are many forms of loss, for example from bereavement or other kind of separation, redundancy, a destabilizing life-event, an amputation or other physical or psychological stress concerning gender identity.  Experience of any of these may release cause a myriad of emotions which are often painful to bear.  The result is that these may become locked away, too difficult to share with our loved ones. Sometimes causing us to consider suicide as a way out.

The experience of loss often raises fundamental questions about our safety and mortality.  Big questions which involve painful memories, sometimes guilt.  Questions resulting from choices we have made, leading us to ask, what if we had made different decisions, or why did we do what we did?

We have our own individual process to work through. I can help you to explore such thoughts and feelings in a way that feels safe and contained, allowing you to tell your story over time and more deeply understand issues that trouble you so that you can go forward with greater confidence.

In working with you, I will aim to be reflective in our conversations and empathic to your needs .  This, I find, can help the process of self-discovery, and can be really fulfilling to experience.

I have experience working with:

  • anxiety
  • panic disorder
  • work related stress
  • low self esteem / low confidence
  • relationship issues
  • abuse
  • separation and divorce
  • trauma
  • bereavement and loss
  • suicidal feelings
  • bereavement by suicide
  • road deaths
  • family issues

Also at:
The Practice Rooms, Bristol

Training, qualifications & experience

FdSc Distinction in Integrative Counselling from City of Bristol University

Extensive experience working with traumatic bereavement and those struggling to come to terms with the loss of someone due to suicide.

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

I can also offer the possibility of using creative writing or art as a means of self exploration and discovery if emotions are too intense to verbalise.


£50.00 per session

Additional information

£50 for a 50 minute session
Initial assessment is £25
I also offer some reduced rate sessions where appropriate as I believe counselling should be accessible to everyone.


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Daytime and evening availability.

I use rooms in central Bristol on Tuesdays and Thursday.

On Wednesday I work on-line and by phone.

Further information

I decided to train as a counsellor following a series of difficult events in my life. I found that support through talking to others was crucial to my health and well being and that it was often easier to talk to a complete stranger.

It can be very liberating when we find the courage to tell our story and share our thoughts with another person who accepts what we say without judgement.

If you are unsure whether counselling is for you, please call me for an informal chat.


55 Queen Square

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

I have the option of using a room at The Practice Rooms in Queen Square, Central Bristol which has ground floor rooms but there are two steps at the front door,

Jean Thirkettle

Jean Thirkettle