Jill Wootten, Psychotherapist, Counsellor, Antenatal Teacher U.K.C.P.

Jill Wootten, Psychotherapist, Counsellor, Antenatal Teacher U.K.C.P.

The Abbey Practice
15a Cheap Street


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The Abbey Practice
15a Cheap Street


About me

  21 years experience working with depression, anxiety,  panic attacks, bereavement, relationship problems, childbirth and parenting Issues, Working together to understand your experience and find new resources to help you move forward.

You are an individual, you will have your own unique responses and feelings. Keeping your individual experience in focus is central to the way I work and to the counselling I offer.I work to help you find ways to process, understand and overcome the individual difficulties you are faced with. I focus on what’s important to you and the changes you want to achieve.

Working with a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, panic attacks, bereavement, relationship problems, childbirth and parenting issues:

Problems like recurrent depression, anxiety, difficulty with grief or breakdown of  relationships are often linked to experiences in your past. I help you to think about  your current issue alongside your history. This enables you to develop an understanding of the root cause of your problem, which in turn helps you to achieve real change. This doesn’t mean that I only focus on your past, but that I take your whole life experience, not just the present day, into account when working with you. In this way you achieve change rooted in your own life experience, a change based on your understanding of yourself.

Working with Postnatal Depression, Childbirth and Parenting Years Issues:  
As an antenatal teacher for The National Childbirth Trust, I taught couples for more than 10 years. This has made me very aware of the real mix of excitement, uncertainty, anxiety and worry that parents often feel during pregnancy, childbirth and throughout the parenting years. Combining this awareness, with my role as a Psychotherapist gives me the ability to work effectively with a whole range of parenting issues including miscarriage, still birth, traumatic birth, relationship breakdown, fatherhood, infertility and parenting a disabled child. I have extensive experience working with postnatal depression and its impact on both partners. I have also been a birth partner on several occasions which has enabled me to gain an insight into this role.

Becoming a parent often stirs up your own experience of being a child. Some of these experiences are positive and some are not. For example, if you had a difficult relationship with your parents you may now be struggling to establish a relationship with your child. Past experiences can impact on your present day feelings and your expectations of yourself as a parent. The counselling I offer will help you to process your history alongside your current issues. I will help you understand how your parenting has been affected by your past as well as the present. This is not about blaming anyone for how you were brought up but about how you as an individual experience life. Working in this way allows you to grow into the parent you wish to be, making informed choices based on a better understanding of who you are both as an individual and as a parent.

A calm space for you to feel supported: 
I offer a calm, confidential space, where you can find warmth, care and support in a well established private practice based in central Bath. I have over 21 years experience as a therapist and have worked in a general counselling agency for over 8 years and a family focused counselling service for 12 years. This has enabled me to develop an understanding of a wide range of therapeutic issues and to become aware of the need we all have to gain a personal understanding of our own life story

Contact and Further Information:
Please feel free to contact me for an informal chat, ask questions or book an initial appointment. There is no obligation to continue and it might help you to decide if counselling could be helpful to you. I offer long term and short term counselling and have both day time and evening appointments. Some reduced fee places available; please feel free to discuss this with me. My consulting room is close to all major bus and train routes into Bath city centre, there are several car parks nearby.

View Consulting Room:
Clicking on the link to my web site will allow you to view my consulting room, find out more about what happens at the initial appointment and read more about my work and the counselling I offer.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • C.S.C.T. Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Advanced Skills and Theory
  • W.P.F. Psychodynamic Diploma
  • W.P.F. Psychodynamic Diploma Advanced
  • N.C.T. Antenatal Teacher
  • S.E.N. Nurse (Royal United Hospital, Bath)
  • U.K.C.P. Registered
  • Member of the Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling    

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Other areas of counselling I deal with

I also offer support to parents through/after children have been diagnosed with childhood disorders and life limiting illness.. Other areas of support include bonding and attachment issues, family dynamics, supporting women through domestic violence.

Therapies offered


  • £44
  • Some reduced fee places available, please feel free to discuss this with me
  • Daytime and evening appointments available
  • I offer long term and short term counselling

Further information

I am very interested in promoting further learning to the general public and have written and published several articles on various therapeutic issues. I have been involved in training, teaching, mentoring and setting up a clinical library. Some written articles are available on my web site.

Maps & Directions

Bath, BA1 1NA

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Day time and evening appointments available

Types of client