Jess Bennion Dip Counselling BACP accredited
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. Due to the current restrictions related to COVID 19 I am currently only providing online video (via Zoom - like Skype but approved by BACP) and telephone sessions. I am reviewing this regularly.
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.
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.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£45 per hour
I have a limited number of concessionary places for students or those on a low income. If the current Covid-19 situation is impacting your income I am happy to discuss a temporary concessionary fee.
I have sessions available during the day. I hold a waiting list for clients who would prefer an evening appointment. Please contact me to arrange an initial appointment