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I offer a warm, friendly, approachable and confidential, personal counselling service. I recognise that we all need various degrees of support throughout our lives and having time to talk and really be heard can be a transformational process. Counselling can really help.
I really value "relationship" and "being" in counselling and honour this respectfully. Having worked for various statutory and voluntary agencies & charities throughout my career, I have worked with a wide range of people around issues such as anxiety and depression, relationship break-down, family concerns and family issues, personal identity, bereavement, low self-esteem, childhood abuse, drug and alcohol problems, work (and study) related stress, domestic abuse/violence and post-traumatic stress/trauma.
How I work: My work is rooted in a humanistic, person-centred philosophy which integrates a range of approaches such as solution-focused, psychodynamic, existential and cognitive behavioural therapies. This really puts the client at the very centre of these theories and approaches and allows me to respond flexibly and sensitively to client’s particular situations and needs. I really respect the unique individual in everyone and my work is tailor-made to suit you. My counselling approach is founded on the belief that relationship (whether with ourselves and/or others) is crucial to our well-being and my work focuses on providing a safe, calm, compassionate, nurturing space for this to happen. I work on validating all feelings and worries no matter how big or small. I am very down to earth and whilst being sensitive and compassionate, can working creatively and with good humour.
I have recently trained in the Internal Family Systems Therapy model and integrate this into my practice.
About me: I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and am committed to their Ethical Framework for Good Practice. I have been qualified as a counsellor since 2007, having previously worked for various charities as a social worker (since 1992).
I offer long term and short term counselling with persons over the age of 18.
How counselling can help? Counselling can help provide the space to talk and reflect on things that may be worrying us, it allows people to discuss their problems and any difficult feelings they encounter in a safe, confidential environment. Being self-aware and having the capability to think and feel emotions with clarity and understanding is part and parcel of being human and counselling can help us feel both more aware and less overwhelmed by aspects of our human life. I truly believe in the power of counselling and am honoured to be able to work with people in difficult and stressful times.
How to get started? Please feel free to contact me by phone, text or email where we can set up an initial session. We can talk about what you want to get out of counselling and the best way of working together. We can then plan whether you would like further sessions and make appointments for these on a weekly or fortnightly basis. It is usual for counselling sessions to happen at the same time every week for an agreed amount of time. I have a counselling contact/agreement that is shared at the initial session also.
I work from the Practice Rooms based in both Westbury-on-Trym and Cotham in Bristol. There is parking nearby to both centres and both are on good public transport routes from the city centre. I am very happy to give you further details and directions if you need them. I also offer sessions based in Stokes Croft (BS2 8QR).
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified and experienced counsellor: Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling (University of Bristol), NPQICL (Uni of Wolverhampton), CQSW (Nottingham Trent), BSc Hons (Bucks New Uni) bringing over 30 years experience in working in mental health hospitals, voluntary agencies & charities supporting people through homelessness, addictions and learning difficulties to focusing work in more recent years in whole family and particularly transition to parenthood. I am trained and experienced also in working within the field of domestic abuse and or violence. I have worked in Children's Centres for the local authority and have experience of working in educational settings/ schools.
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).
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Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Parenting Support - I am a trained and experienced parenting practitioner and can offer particular support with the challenges of parenting and raising children. I am particularly interested in the transition to parenthood and have both research and practical experience in this area.
I am trained in supporting women who have or who are experiencing domestic abuse and or violence.
I also have experience in coaching and mentoring.
I have recently Feb 2021 Level 1 and April 2022 Level 2, Internal Family SystemsTherapy Practitioner.
£60.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
£60 per session. I am sometimes able to offer a reduced fee if you are on a low income, for students and for counsellors in training. Please contact me for further details.
When I work
Day times Monday to Friday and evenings Tuesday and Wednesdays.