Malai Ursula Sontheimer

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Bristol BS7 & BS3
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About me

Counselling acts like a conductor, bringing different musicians together in an orchestra.  It helps a person to look at all the different, often conflicting parts of themselves, in order to find a more integrated whole. I work with any individual and their unique life situation. I am able to create a warm, easy and completely confidential space for you to address your issues in.

In the counselling sessions we will focus on the challenges and opportunities that the present offers.  We may look at the patterns that were created in your childhood so that you understand yourself better.  We may include your dreams for the future, in order that you can come closer to fulfilling your potential in life.

Counselling can help with:

  • Accepting as well as changing yourself.
  • Finding better ways of resolving problems and conflicts.
  • Having a safe place to meet difficult emotions, understand and transform them.
  • Experiencing more freedom and choice.
  • Finding your way forward with renewed strength, meaning and purpose.

Training, qualifications & experience

Malai Sontheimer BAc MBAcC Dip Psychosynthesis Counselling MBACP

Malai Sontheimer holds a Diploma for Therapeutic Counselling.  She trained at the Institute for Psychosynthesis in London from 1988 to 1991 and is a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP).  Malai has also trained in Internal Family Systems, short IFS. She has compledted all 3 levels of IFS.   She has over  30 years of experience working in private practice,   Malai also has a wealth of life experience.

She has worked with people who lack confidence, are depressed, anxious, angry, self-critical, traumatized etc.  She has worked with many parents, as well as parents of children with special needs, people with special needs, people who have retired, as well as people diagnosed with cancer and other serious diseases.

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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).

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

parents and carers of children and adults with special needs


£60.00 per session

Additional information

Free 30 minute initial meeting 

1 hour session for £ 60

Concessionary rates are available.

When I work

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Further information

“Life is not the way it is supposed to be. It’s the way it is. The way

you cope with it is what makes the difference.’’ Virginia Satir

Please have a look at my website, to find out more

The Family Practice, 116 Gloucsester Road, Bristol, BS7 8NL

20 Stanbury Road, Victoria Park, Bristol, Bristol, BS3 4QG

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

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