Jean Thirkettle MBACP FdSc Counselling

Jean Thirkettle  MBACP  FdSc Counselling

14 Orchard Street

The Practice Rooms
26 Upper Borough Walls

07557 911551

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14 Orchard Street

The Practice Rooms
26 Upper Borough Walls

07557 911551

About me

There are many forms of loss, for example from bereavement or other kind of separation, redundancy or other destabilizing life-event, or amputation or other physical or psychological stress that shakes our sense of ourselves, our identity.  Experience of any of these may release in us a myriad of emotions which are sometimes too hard to bear.  The result is that these emotions get buried, locked away inside our hearts.

Loss is one of the most painful experiences we can endure.  Over the course of many years, I have learnt that loss has many forms, especially when it leads to, for example, grief.  I believe that the experience of loss is often complicated by past events and that, for each of us, we have our own individual process to work through.

The experience of loss often raises fundamental questions about our identity, 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?

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 creative in our conversations, using ideas drawn from drama, music, drawing or making.  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, 24 Regent Street, Clifton, Bristol, BS6 6JY

The Therapy Rooms, 32 New Road, Chippenham Wilts SN15 1HP

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


Accredited register membership

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.


£40 for a 50 minute session
Initial assessment is £20
I also offer some reduced rate sessions where appropriate as I believe counselling should be accessable to everyone.

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.

Maps & Directions

Bristol, BS1 5EH
Bath, BA1 1RH

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Daytime and evening availability

Types of client

Older adults