Joanna Bazalgette

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MBACP Professional Dip. Counselling
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Bristol, North Somerset, BS48
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About me

I am an experienced counsellor, working in North Somerset, so also accessible from Bristol. Having originally trained in Person-Centred Counselling, I have developed a great interest in other forms of counselling and therapy and can tailor your counselling experience to suit your specific needs. I also have experience in delivering mindfulness, breath work and meditation. As part of my commitment to my work, I regularly attend further training and continuing professional development. I work with my clients to discover the best way forward for each individual, whether this is long-term exploration of historical problems or short-term solution based work. 

What to expect in a first session

People can feel very mixed emotions when they begin working with a counsellor. These can range from fear to exhilaration and anything in between! That is completely normal. I invite people warmly to decide whether they feel that I am the right counsellor for them. A first session is an opportunity for us to decide whether we will be a good "fit". I believe that a trusting relationship needs to be at the heart of the work between counsellor and client and this session gives us both the chance to decide whether we feel comfortable with each other. First sessions also include some brief admin and paperwork, but nothing too onerous! As well as the usual contact details for you, I will ask for the name of your GP and an emergency contact.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Qualified Cruse Bereavement support worker

Have an array of experience working with people from all walks of life. I have worked for a GP practice, for counselling charities and am now in private practice.

I work with people aged 18+ and am keen to encourage older people, who may feel unsure that counselling can help, to give it a try. There is so much evidence to demonstrate that no one is too old to benefit from good counselling. 

Before becoming a counsellor I spent four very happy years working for the Alzheimer’s Society with the carers of people living with dementia and training GPs and surgery staff in learning to empathise and manage their interactions with patients who are living with dementia and their carers.

I spent 10 years working in a theatre and have a particular interest in working with performers, actors, musicians and dancers. This might be to work on resilience, accepting rejection, or to support actors through emotional issues which can arise in particular roles.

Member organisations

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

Working with performers in the arts - actors, musicians, dancers


£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information


Two spaces at £40.00 for students and low income.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

My working days are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. 

Bristol, North Somerset, BS48

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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Joanna Bazalgette
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