Kerstin Pullin, BSc (Hons), Dip, MBACP (Reg)
07434 618 587
Choosing a counsellor with whom to connect and build a trusting therapeutic relationship can feel daunting, even risky, yet also empowering and hopeful. What does it feel like to take off masks, shedding protective layers that keep the authentic, vulnerable self safe while navigating through challenging or traumatic times? Together we can explore what you feel ready and safe to share - whether these are current, buried or almost forgotten experiences. I will be at your side to listen; endeavouring to relate to your unique circumstances and way of being; facilitative of your change and growth process.
I am a qualified integrative counsellor rooted in humanistic, person-centred practice. My approach is, with your consent, to use therapeutic techniques that follow the natural path of your journey, while being mindful of our differing experiences, your expressed needs and vulnerabilities. Some people come for counselling because they are going through a challenging time (e.g. work, family and friendship related) or experiencing themselves as being misfits, lonely, stuck, anxious, depressed or alienated from the world.
I am open to adapt my approach to suit your personal preferences and needs, as you might at times prefer a rather directive, creative, reflective or experimental way of therapeutic exploration. This could include contemporary, compassion focussed cognitive behavioural therapy (CF-CBT), mindfulness, music, artwork, guided imagery, voice and body work for example. To ensure you feel safe and benefit from the sessions, we will review the counselling process at regular intervals. Wether you seek short term counselling, would like to work towards specific goals or start a long term journey to explore something you can’t quite put into words or make sense of - together we can discuss the way forward.
One day re-energising retreat in beautiful setting
When: 17 June and 29 July 2018 from 9.30am - 5pm
Where: Westerleigh, Bristol
Cost: £85 p/p, lunch included
This retreat, facilitated by three experienced and qualified therapists, incorporates energy tools for your daily use:
Qi Gong and bodywork
Reflective time in nature in the presence of horses and
Creative therapeutic exercises
If you are feeling stressed, burned out, disconnected, are losing trust in yourself or need a boost then this retreat will help you to:
Gain more energy
Find clarity and guidance
Reduce anxiety, stress and depression
Access more inner peace and calm
Allow a deep connection to your true self
Form connections with others
For more information (see poster below under photos and videos) or bookings contact: Kerstin@empowermentcounselling.co.uk
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Bachelor of Science degree with Honours (BSc Hons) in Counselling and am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Academically, I undertook research in social constructionism and empowerment initiatives and their impact on professionals working with children and adults affected by sexual abuse; primarily incorporating aspects of gender, linguistics, neuroscience, diagnostics (e.g. Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) and to some extend sexuality (e.g. fluidity) and cultural influences (e.g. attitudes to gender, gender fluidity).
I have been working in the field of mental health in various capacities since 2005, before choosing to pursue an academic path within the psychology sector in 2012. During this time I had the privilege of working in the UK and abroad, with many individuals from all walks of life and a variety of cultural backgrounds.
Other qualifications and experiences
Accreditation in Understanding and Working with Sexual Violence provided by Gloucestershire Rape & Sexual Abuse Centre (GRASAC)
Tackling Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in mental health services, Department of Health
Certificate in using counselling skills with the telephone as the medium of Communication
Self-awareness in relation to social services work certificate
Applied Suicide Intervention Skill (ASIST)
Working with Relational Trauma: Dealing with Disorganised Attachment
Alcohol Addiction, co-dependency and motivational interviewing, SWAN Training Certificate
Organisation and facilitation of contact groups for individuals and couples who face infertility challenges
Nonviolent Crisis Intervention
Memberships and Networks
Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
University of Bristol, Gender and Violence Research
Durham University's Centre for Research into Abuse and Violence (CRiVA)
Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors (PODS)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Child related issues
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Highly Sensitive People (HSP), Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), disorganised attachment, empowerment, Substance Use Disorder (SUD), Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), gender and diversity, Sexual Violence and Abuse, values based counselling, compassion fatigue, emotional exhaustion
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Compassion-Focused Therapy
- Existential therapy
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Face to face
I can offer an initial 30 minute session at a reduced rate of £20 to discuss what you are looking for, what I can contribute and gauge if you feel safe and comfortable working with me. My fees from then on are £45 for a 50 minute face to face session and pre/post session admin time.
Locations and transport
In addition to the BS1 postcode area, I can offer locations in the BS6 area (Montpelier, close to Cheltenham Road) depending on availability. Both locations offer good public transport connection and are only a short walk away from the main bus station on Marlborough Street (BS1 3QY).
By car: There is free street parking available at this GL11 location with easy access to the M5 (Junctions 14 and 13) and A38.
Public Transport: There are good bus connections to Thornbury, Stroud, Gloucester.
Please enquire for available dates and times via email.
I also reserve a limited number of counselling places at a reduced rate for individuals on low income and those on benefits (please enquire about availability and if and how you qualify).
I am fully insured and offer short and long term counselling in Bristol and the South Gloucestershire area. I also hold a Certificate of Registration with the Information Commissioner as a controller of sensitive data under the Data Protection Act and an enhanced DBS certificate.
As far as I am concerned, what goes on in the counselling room is confidential; except extreme circumstances. The process of our relationship will only be discussed with one other person, my supervisor who will similarly be bound by a confidentiality agreement. If you would like further information about the level of confidentiality or any other matter, please ask me at the beginning of the session.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday-Friday, limited evening slots available.
Types of client