Jean Thirkettle MBACP FdSc Counselling

Jean Thirkettle  MBACP  FdSc Counselling



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About me

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


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.


£45 for a 50 minute session
Initial assessment is £25
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
Chippenham, SN15

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: No

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,


Daytime and evening availability

Types of client

Older adults