Jean Thirkettle MBACP FdSc Counselling
14 Orchard Street
The Practice Rooms
26 Upper Borough Walls
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:
- panic disorder
- work related stress
- low self esteem / low confidence
- relationship issues
- separation and divorce
- bereavement and loss
- suicidal feelings
- bereavement by suicide
- road deaths
- family issues
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Borderline personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
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.
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
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Daytime and evening availability
Types of client