Maria Bellis (Siepe)

Maria Bellis (Siepe)


01275 837487 / 07849 678081

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01275 837487 / 07849 678081

About me

    I offer warm, sensitive support to deal with what ever you are facing right now. I support people to overcome or reduce the effects of anxiety, stress, loss, feeling sad, depression, low self confidence and dealing with difficult family or relationship issues. 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 am an accredited Counsellor (NCS) and Gestalt Psychotherapist (UKCP) as well as an Individual Member of BACP. I practice in south Bristol and work with individuals. I welcome general enquiries about counselling and therapy without commitment as I understand the importance of finding someone who feels right for you. 

    I work with how our thinking and pattern of behaviours may sometimes affect how we resolve our issues. Often our relationship with ourselves can involve inner criticism, self doubt, low confidence and other ways that affect us. Sometimes this affects the types of relationships we develope. Sometimes we are uncertain about what we want to do. We may experience difficulty resolving how we feel about something and wanting to move on.

    Gestalt focuses on understanding issues or patterns in our lives holistically so we can become more aware of what we do or what we need to change to find our own resolution. People adapt to situations for a variety of reasons but how we feel about what we choose is important. Counselling and Therapy can enable us to feel we have more choice in our lives about what how we respond to difficulties and what we can do. We don't have to continue old patterns unless they work for us.

    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 we think or feel and to explore any changes.

My aim is to support you to meet your own needs and find your own solutions. 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 they may need with aspects of  life. Helping you to feel better about your issues.

My style of working as a Counsellor and Psychotherapist is to work with people to develop their confidence in themselves to resolve their own issues and manage whatever ups and downs present.  I gained extensive experience of many life situations, issues and relationships as an adult care social worker for 30 years. I now work therapeutically with people  as a Therapist and Counsellor as I believe in the possibilities of change, recovery  and adaptations in our lives.

I work with many 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 and some 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.

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 personal style is warm and friendly to support you and develop how we work together. My job is to facilitate the process of counselling and therapy to enable exploration and working things out together. I consider you are very much a collaborator in this process. 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 a Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy: I am an accredited Gestalt Psychotherapist with UKCP.

Part of my training included 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



My Fee is £40 per session.
The first session is reduced at £15.

Some concessions may be available at £30.  Please feel free to make enquiries.

Maps & Directions

Bristol, BS14

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


I work weekdays: Daytime with early morning or evening sessions possible. I can work flexibly with shift workers.

Types of client

Older adults
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