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About me

I understand how difficult it can be to ask for support when life gets on top of you, however, that initial call could mean that you want something different, something better in your life.

In my practice I offer a warm, empathetic and non-judgmental space where you can go through your own journey, at your own pace.

As a counsellor, with my knowledge and experience, I will support you to explore what brought you to seek counselling in the first place. My role is to empower you to have the strength so that you can look at those difficult feelings and help you reach your goals.

My clients often hear from friends, family and professionals "What is wrong with you?". I do not believe that is the right question. I believe a question that should be asked is "What had happened to you in life?"

I am passionate about the power of listening, where you feel respected, honoured, valued for who you are, where you can be yourself without being judged. During counselling sessions, I offer empathy, curiosity, patience, acceptance and congruence to allow you to thrive, gain self confidence, find answers that are right for you, for you to get understanding of your life situation. I see this as a gift, a gift that you can give yourself, a tool box that you can pack your own resource, skills which you can take with you through your life. Skills that you have not had the chance to develop yet!

I became interested in counselling many years ago, I wanted to help others in their own exploration of their inner world, to support them to find their own answers for their struggles rather than other people, professionals telling them what they should be doing, how they should get there and what is “wrong” with them.

I believe that we all have those answers in us, we just need the right environment, right person to hold us in moments of despair, sadness, self doubts and fear to remind you that you do not have to do it on your own.

I was in that place as well, I also needed to trust that other person because I could not do it myself.

My experience

Over the years I worked in many different charities and with different groups of clients. I have experience of working with various groups of clients, mothers suffering from postnatal depression, bereavement, childhood abuse, loss, addiction, trauma, sexual abuse, domestic abuse, loneliness, self-esteem.

I have experience of working with the following:

Low confidence and self esteem
Stress
Sexual abuse
Feelings of shame and guilt
Depression
Bereavement and loss
Trauma from child abuse and abandonment
Relationship concerns or break ups
Postnatal depression
Addiction issues
Identity issues
Anger management
Anxiety

Domestic Abuse

​How counselling can help?

People seek counselling for many different reasons; you may feel trapped, stuck in ways you behave, think and/or feel.

I believe that counselling is for everybody, it does not matter how big or small your issue is, the main things is that is your issue and you want to change it or understand it better. Speaking to a counsellor gives you different perspective, allows you to see what you can not see, what your friends and family can not tell you, name things that you may be afraid to name.

​Counselling can help you gain a better awareness of feelings, thoughts and patterns in your life, which have been a part of you for a long time. This understanding facilitates a change in you. Looking back at your life can be challenging, even painful, you may even have moments of not wanting to carry on.

For some people, unresolved experiences from the past can mean that they feel anxious, socially isolated or depressed. For other people, the impact may mean that they feel unsafe, on the edge, finding it hard to concentrate; they may have difficulties trusting or being in a relationship.

Sometimes, unresolved traumatic experiences might lead to feeling stuck, frozen or emotionally numb. It is not uncommon that people do not connect their current challenges with events that happened in their past.

​However, there is “the other side”, you becoming a free person, gaining a better understanding of yourself, this can give you a sense of Self, being in control over your feelings, thoughts and behaviour, leading to self-acceptance.

Many of my client have never experienced being in a nourishing relationship where they are seen, valued, comforted when hurting, guided when lost, listened when scared, gently challenged when in doubt.

​In my work I put a emphasis on the quality of our relationship. I bring attention to what goes on in “Here and Now”, empathetically listen to you and gently reflect on what I hear. I believe that very often what happens in the therapy room between the counsellor and the clients reflect patterns of behaviour in the “outside world”. This is especially valuable as it provides a chance to explore and gain a better understanding of patterns that have been affecting your life.

Training, qualifications & experience

I completed my counselling training (Diploma in Counselling) at the University of the West of England.

I am also a Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and I abide by their Code of Ethics.

​I have a Social Work degree from Warsaw University.

Prior to starting my work as a counsellor, I worked for children and young people services, supporting parents and their children through challenging life situations.

I am qualified Independent Domestic Abuse Advocate (IDVA). I have experience in supporting victims of domestic abuse. I am very familiar with issues related to domestic abuse, patterns of abuse, dilemmas and stigmas that victims of domestic abuse face every day.

CPD training

Internal family systems master class: IFS in action with complex trauma & PTSD

Dissociation and DID: The Fundamentals

Dealing with Distress: Working with Suicide and Self-Harm

Child Sexual Abuse: Hope for Healing

Coercive Control 201

Understanding Self Harming

Member organisations

BACP

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

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Counselling also available in Polish.

*Polski psychoterapeuta- Bristol- terapia indywidualna w jezyku polskim.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Transactional analysis

Fees

£40.00 per session

Additional information

Initial sesison

If you decide that you would want to meet with me, I offer an initial session which will give us a chance to talk and to answer any questions that you may have. This time is dedicated to explore the reasons why you seek counselling and to find out about your goals and expectations.

I offer an initial 50 minute session at a reduce rate of £20. If after this initial session we decide to work together, we would contract on a weekly session, at a day and time that is mutually convenient.

​All sessions last 50 min and cost £40.

I am currently offering video and telephone sessions during this period of lockdown. Once social distancing measures are relaxed, we can then switch to face to face sessions.

Availability

Weekdays 9.30 - 20.00 please contact me for an appointment as there may be some flexibility.

Further information

I also offer counselling in Polish.

Mary Carpenter House
Kingswood Foundation Estate
Bristol
BS15 8BN

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Organisations

Languages offered

Fluent Polish

Monika Przybyl-Diaz MBACP

Monika Przybyl-Diaz MBACP