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MBACP FdSc Counselling

About me

I have worked in the field of loss for over 10 years and recognise that there are many forms of loss, for example; from bereavement, separation, redundancy, destabilizing life-events, amputation or other physical or psychological stress including 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


Central Bristol and Cheltenham.  Both upper floors but easy parking and transport.

Training, qualifications & experience

Extensive experience working with traumatic bereavement and those struggling to come to terms with the loss of someone due to suicide.  Working people who have felt the pain of miscarriage and baby loss. 

Over 10 years working with Cruse Bereavement Care, and more recently, Victim Support.  8 years in private practice.

FdSc Distinction in Integrative Counselling from City of Bristol University

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Fees

£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.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Daytime and evening availability.

I use rooms in central CHELTENHAM on Wednesdays and BRISTOL on Thursdays

I also work on-line and by phone - usually Tuesdays.

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.

Bristol, Somerset, BS1

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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I have a ground floor facility in Queens Square, Bristol by arrangement. Two steps to front door

Online platforms

Skype
Whatsapp
Zoom