Liam Balloch FdSc Counselling Registered MBACP

Liam Balloch FdSc Counselling Registered MBACP



07947 435085

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07947 435085

About me

Hi, my name is Liam and I am a fully qualified Counsellor, and a Registered Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP), and I am offering private and confidential therapy/counselling in Bristol and Cheltenham.

Between 2010 and April 2017 I worked for Off The Record (Bristol), a charity based in Bristol offering mental health support and interventions to young people aged 11-25. During this time I gained vast experience of supporting young people with various mental health difficulties including depression, low mood, low self-esteem, self harm, suicidal thoughts and more

In 2015 and 2016 I also volunteered as a counsellor for The Harbour, a Bristol based charity working with people affected by life-threatening illness -

At the end of 2016 I set up a small private practice and have been working in private practice ever since. Alongside my private practice I work for Care First as a Telephone counsellor offering support to people through and Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)

All of this work and experience has contributed to my knowledge and experience of working with a range of emotional or mental health difficulties such as; anxiety, depression, grief and loss, self-harm, abuse/trauma, addiction, relationship breakdown and more.

In this busy and often chaotic world, how nice would it be to have a space where you can stop, take a breath, reflect, think and work towards change and understanding? Sounds lovely doesn't it! Talking Therapy (or more commonly, Counselling) offers you a space which is private, safe and confidential, on a regular basis, to talk about whatever you want or need to talk about without the fear of judgement or rejection.

Counselling sessions usually run for 50 minutes to 1 hour, and happen on a weekly basis, however I do offer flexibility around this.

My own approach to therapy focuses heavily on the ability of our therapeutic relationship to facilitate change and healing for you. I work from a contemporary Psychodynamic approach which was described by Dr Johnathan Shedler Phd as an approach that can

"help free people from the bonds of past experience in order to live more fully in the present." (Shedder, J. 2010)

Looking at, talking about and exploring our own stories, our history, our 'past experiences', especially those stories that are painful and difficult to remember, can often seem impossible. In our sessions, I will offer you a safe space to do this so you can free yourself from those past experiences, and live more fully in the present!

My hope is to offer you an opportunity to feel able to explore those 'bonds' and, together, facilitate the change you are looking for.

Training, qualifications & experience

Distinction -
FdSc Counselling - University of Gloucester
Pass - Higher Education Certificate - Counselling Skills - University of Bristol
Pass - Intermediate Certificate Counselling Skills - City of Bristol College


Hidden Harm Training

4YP, Bristol                                                                 2012 (1 day course)

Sex and Relationship Training

4YP, Bristol                                                                 2012 (1 day course)

Essential Emails Skills for helpline Workers.

The Helpline Association, London                                 2013 (1 day course)

Child Protection Training – Level 1

Off The Record (Bristol), Bristol                                   2016 (1 day course)

Mental Health First Aid Training

CAMHS, Bristol                                                           2013 (1 day course)

Trauma and the body

PODS                                                                         2014 (1 day course)

Working with Relational Trauma

PODS                                                                         2015 (1 day course

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Photos & videos

  • Counselling Room Cheltenham
  • Counselling Room Bristol


Face to Face Sessions

Initial Introduction Session - FREE OF CHARGE!

Regular Sessions - £40
Student Discount - £30

Telephone/Online (Skype)

Initial Introduction Session - FREE OF CHARGE!

Regular Sessions - £30

**Discretionary discounts available - get in touch for more details**

Maps & Directions

Cheltenham, GL50
Bristol, BS6

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Tuesday afternoon, Wednesday afternoon/evening and Thursday morning

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme