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Being Truly Understood
Starting counselling can feel like a challenging step to take. It is therefore important to know that during your sessions you can be truly yourself and that it is safe to explore your thoughts and feelings without worrying that you will be judged. My counselling practice offers a comfortable and supportive environment where you can come to a deeper understanding of yourself and build new resources.
A Practical and Supportive Approach
We will look at your situation from a very practical perspective, so that you know, right from start, that there are things you can do to feel better and have your feelings and thoughts under control again. If you wish, I will introduce you to a range of practical exercises aimed at increasing a sense of calm and balance, which you can practise in between sessions. Many people think that things have to get worse before they get better but that is not the case.
The Methods I Use
I use approaches and methods which support a sense of collaboration and working together towards the same positive goal. The particular techniques will depend on what you want to work on and on your style of learning. The methods can range from a formal CBT approach to an open person-centred style.
I draw on a range of skills, including Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Person-Centred Approach, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Gestalt and Focusing.
I draw on a depth of experience gained from working within various environments over the last 15 years, including the NHS mental health services, mental health charities, corporate businesses, and private practice.
The First Step Made Easy
The first step is often the hardest one. The booking form on my website (https://www.counselling4bristol.co.uk/book-free-counselling-session-in-bristol) provides an easy way of scheduling a short telephone conversation, at a time that suits you. The purpose of this short call is to establish what you want to work on and it will also give you a chance to ask any questions you may have about the sessions. Please note that you will not need to talk in too much detail about why you are looking for counselling.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in counselling – University of West of England, 2009
- Certificate in counselling – University of West of England, 2007
- Somatic Trauma Therapy training taught by Babette Rothschild, 2017
- CBT for depression – Positive Step, 2014
- CBT for anxiety – Positive Step, 2014
- Introduction to EMDR – Bristol, 2012
- Certificate of competence in teaching mindfulness-based courses – University of Exeter, 2014
- Level 2 Training in teaching mindfulness-based courses – Bangor University, 2015
- Certificate of competence in teaching mindfulness-based courses in schools – Cardiff, 2015
- Focusing – Limoge, France, 2003
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.
Accredited register membership
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Life Transitions
- Sleep problems
- Separation and divorce
- Terminal illness
The fee is £45 to £50 for each 60 minutes session. Payment is made at the end of each session by cash or cheque or in advance via bank transfer. I do not have facility to take credit/debit cards on site.
The therapeutic approaches and methods used by the therapist influence how the client feels in sessions and determine the levels of engagement and collaboration. In my practice I draw on a range of methods and skills, including Person-Centred Approach, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Gestalt and Focusing. The particular situation of each client and their personality and style of working will determine which tool is most useful.