Kate Reaney -The Grieving Space
The Grieving Space is a counselling practice dedicated to supporting bereaved people in Bristol. I am Kate Reaney, a qualified counsellor, group facilitator and trainer, based on Cheltenham Road.
If you’ve found me, you may have experienced a loss, recently or some time ago. You may have suffered multiple losses. There may be other things going on, with which you are struggling.
Everybody’s grief is different. I’m here to support you in bearing, understanding and working through yours.
You might know how you feel about the person who has died, and how losing them is affecting you. You may be deeply sad and depressed, angry, afraid, anxious, lonely or jealous. You may feel as though you’re going mad. You may feel relieved. You may be in shock. You may have no idea how you feel. You may feel nothing. You may know what you want and need to do to grieve, and process what’s happened. You may feel lost and confused about how to take the smallest step forward. You may be struggling to manage life and work, and to focus. You might be eating and sleeping a lot, or hardly at all. You might have physical symptoms, and pain or tension in your body. You may be finding that how you feel is changing moment to moment, many times a day. You may be stuck feeling the same, day after day. Life may look very different now. It might feel difficult to go on. You might feel as though you don’t really know yourself. Your view of the world, your beliefs and values may be changing. You may feel hurried by others to get on, when really you need time. You may know just what you want to talk about in counselling, or you may have no idea where to start.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified counsellor and registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy), trained to work with both individuals and groups. I am especially committed to supporting bereaved people. You might say that it is my calling.
I believe that non-judgemental, unhurried therapeutic support and space can go some way to relieve the pain (and sometimes loneliness) of bereavement and help a bereaved person work through their loss, to grieve, and to heal.
I see my job as that of being there to bear your loss with you, listening and supporting you as you work out how you need to grieve. There is no loss too traumatic, and no feelings too complex, painful or confusing for my counselling room.
As an integrative counsellor, I work together with each client to shape the counselling to suit the individual needs of each unique person and each unique experience of loss. I draw on ideas and techniques from a range of counselling approaches, including person-centered, gestalt, CBT, existential and mindfulness based approaches.
The foundation of my approach, though, is humanistic and relational. I work to develop a trusting and supportive relationship with each client. I work collaboratively and flexibly, with a down-to-earth and open style.
I have supported bereaved people, individually and in groups, for Cruse Bereavement Care for over 8 years, and continue to do so weekly. I am part of a national project called “Facing the Future”, for people bereaved by suicide. I have worked in the NHS, and currently facilitate groups for Oasis Talk in Bristol, including “Improving Self Esteem”, “Managing Anger” and “Managing Panic”. I also deliver Loss and Bereavement training workshops for Cruse.
Areas of counselling I deal with
It is important that we both feel that we are suited to working with each other. I offer a free initial session, designed to give us a chance to meet face-to-face and explore the possibility of you coming to counselling sessions with me.
After this, I charge £40 per session. If you are struggling and feel that this fee is impossible to find, please get in touch. Sometimes, I am able to offer low cost sessions, or I may be able to suggest other free or affordable services in Bristol.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I am available during the day and in the evening, but not at weekends.
Types of client