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Dip Counselling BACP accredited

About me

Hi, I'm Jess. I'm a BACP accredited counsellor based in North Bristol - easy access from South Gloucestershire, Bath and Bristol. I have private and voluntary sector experience as a counsellor. My focus includes anxiety, bereavement, abuse and relationships. I provide long and short term counselling.

My aim is to provide a safe and confidential space to explore how you are feeling and to focus on the issues which are important to you. 

WHY COUNSELLING?

People come to see a counsellor for lots of different reasons. There may be something specific you are struggling with such as a relationship difficulty, bereavement, traumatic event or major life event. Or, you may have a general sense of unease, unhappiness or anxiety. You may want to gain a better understanding of yourself and your emotions. Sometimes it can be easier to talk about issues with someone not directly involved in your life.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN FIRST?

An initial consultation enables you to see if you feel comfortable with me, share what concerns you, understand confidentiality, and decide if therapy could help you.

STARTING COUNSELLING

Counselling centres on listening to, and supporting you. You decide which issue concerning your childhood and/or adult life you want to focus on. An aim of counselling is to help you to talk about a difficulty and discover a way forward that is right for you.

Counselling can help you to understand why you feel the way you do, and support you to find a way forward. I won't tell you what to do, or give advice, but rather we will work together to help you find a view of yourself and your situation which feels more positive.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a qualified counsellor and accredited member of BACP. I am experienced in working with a range of clients with particular focus on bereavement, anxiety and  abuse. I have private and voluntary sector experience as a counsellor. I have worked with a number of agencies through my counselling career, including;

  • Cruse (bereavement support)
  • Kinergy (supporting survivors of sexual abuse and sexual violence)
  • Carers Support Centre (supporting carers) 
  • EAP (Employee Assistance Programme) 

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

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

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

£45.00 per session

When I work

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I don't have any free spaces at the moment. However please do contact me to discuss a place on my waiting list.

Bristol, South Glos, BS36

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

My counselling room is on the ground floor. I have driveway parking and a downstairs toilet