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Maria Bellis (Siepe)

Bristol, BS14
07849 678081 07849 678081 Registered / Accredited

About me

    I work with people who want to do something about overcoming or reducing the effects of anxiety, stress, loss, feeling sad, depression, low self confidence, difficult family or relationship issues.  If your own efforts to manage your issues have not left you satisfied enough, counselling or psychotherapy with a professional may be helpful.

    You don't have to 'need' therapy but it can be a useful tool to reflect and consider how best to deal with your issues.  I offer warm, sensitive support to deal with what ever you are facing right now. Finding resolution and moving on is possible. I work face to face, on-line and via telephone.

About Me

    I am an accredited Counsellor (NCS) and Gestalt Psychotherapist (UKCP) as well as a Registered Member of BACP.

    I practice face to face in Whitchurch, near Knowle in South Bristol, and work with individuals.  I also offer sessions On-Line or via telephone in the UK- please see below for more details.

I write a blog about therapy issues located from my web site if you want to get more of a sense of how I work.

I welcome general enquiries about counselling and therapy without commitment as I understand the importance of finding someone who feels right for you. You are welcome to make enquiries via email through this page or my web site.

How does Therapy work?

    Considering change can sometimes be difficult but is also rewarding, and speaking with someone objective like a Therapist is often helpful to check out how you think or feel and to explore any changes.

    Our thinking and pattern of behaviours may sometimes affect how we resolve our issues. This may involve inner criticism, self doubt, and low confidence which can affect the types of relationships we develop or decisions we make. You may feel uncertain about what else you can do. Counselling and psychotherapy provide an opportunity to explore further and gain awareness about yourself and your choices.

    Gestalt Therapy focuses on understanding issues or patterns in our lives holistically so you can become more aware of what you need to change or find resolution. We don't have to continue old patterns unless they work for us.

My aim: I believe that change is possible and together we work out what you need. Therapy can support people to build their own 'toolkit' of skills and knowledge to create the resilience and clarity you may want with aspects of your life. Helping you to feel better about your issues.

My experience: I have been in private practice for several years working with people on many issues. I gained extensive experience of many life situations, issues and relationships as an adult care social worker for 30 years.  I work therapeutically with people  as a Psychotherapist and Counsellor as I believe in the possibilities of change, recovery  and adaptations in our lives.

What can I work with? Psychotherapy is a higher level of training so I can work on a variety of issues such as anxiety; low mood, feeling sad or depression; low self esteem or confidence;  bereavement or loss; stress management or work issues; recovery from childhood experiences;  getting through relationship issues; repairing relational patterns and many other life situations. We can work short term or long term, on specific issues or general.

My Availability: I work weekdays including early evenings or mornings- if you have a specific need you can clarify my availability via email or text before considering making direct contact.

Making contact: I welcome telephone contact to explore issues with no obligation. You can email or text me to arrange a confidential telephone call. You can also ring my mobile direct and leave a short message if I am not there. This telephone introduction involves about 10 minutes to briefly check what you are looking for, what I may offer, session availability etc. Then you decide whether you would like to come for a face to face first session.

On-Line or Telephone working: For On-Line working you will need your own e-mail, a web cam and either tablet, smartphone or PC. For both on-line and telephone sessions,  payment is in advance through Bankers Automated Credit (BACS).

The first session: The first introductory session is at a reduced fee and confidential. We clarify your aims and I explain about how I may work with your issues. You do not have to tell me everything in a first session- just enough to inform me about what you would like to work on. I also explain more about counselling, therapy and my practice. You then decide what you want to do. 

Ongoing sessions: We will clarify whether you want to work on a specific issue short term or continue long term with complex issues. My aim is that when you finish your series of sessions you will feel more confident so you can manage your issues yourself.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am an accredited Counsellor with the National Counselling Society.

I have an Advanced Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy: I am an accredited Gestalt Psychotherapist with UKCP.

I am a Registered member of BACP.

I have experience of working with alcohol issues.

CQSW Social Work: I was also an adult care social worker for over 30 years working with people in a variety of settings in particular mental health, learning disabilities, autism, older people, carers, and many other life issues.

I have a Post qualifying Award in Social Work.

I have a Certificate in Management (merit).

I have a B.Sc (Hons) in Biochemistry.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.


National Counselling Society

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.


UK Council for Psychotherapy

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

National Counselling Society

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Therapies offered

  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies


My Fee is £45 per session.
The introductory first session is reduced at £30.

A limited number of concessions may be available at £30.  Please feel free to make enquiries.

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

My practice is accessed by several steps.


I work Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. I work daytime and early evenings.

Types of client

Older adults


Maria Bellis (Siepe)

Maria Bellis (Siepe)