I am a psychotherapist working with adults and children in private practice in North Bristol. I offer a confidential space to talk about difficulties you might be experiencing and to explore positive changes you can make. If you want to enhance your enjoyment of life and your important relationships, I'll be happy to meet with you to discuss how counselling or psychotherapy can help you achieve those goals.
Counselling and Therapy for Individuals
People can feel overwhelmed as they move into the next stage of their life, which brings new challenges. Some find they are repeating past mistakes, which are emotionally painful, but they do not know how to do things differently.
My clients are sometimes experiencing crisis in their life and seek support to help them to make changes to habitual and intrusive feelings and thoughts that limit their joy. Such thoughts and feelings can lead to behaviour that damages relationships and the quality of life. Such issues include:
- eating disorders
- drug and alcohol addiction
- unfulfilling family relationships
- low self-esteem and confidence
- and confusion regarding sexual orientation and gender.
These issues can be explored and resolved in psychotherapy, resulting in real changes in the individual's way of life, improved relationships and an ability to maintain joy in the face of current problems and pressures.
Counselling for Couples
I have much experience working with couples, and I understand that the way people experience themselves in a relationship is often very different to how they feel when with friends and other family members.
This means that the counselling needs to be tailored to meet the needs of each individual in the relationship, as well as the needs of the relationship itself, so it can flourish and provide an environment where you experience joy in life and in one another.
Children and Young People
I hold a Master's level postgraduate qualification in counselling children and young people. I have worked for a number of years as a visiting consultant in secondary schools across North Bristol, and so I understand the challenges young people are facing in today's society. In addition, I am the executive director of a Bristol-based charity providing counselling and psychotherapy to children and young people across the West Country.
Autism & Asperger Syndrome
My specialist training and work with clients who have high-functioning autism (Asperger Syndrome) has greatly helped many people with this different thinking style, and has been reported in the national press: www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5923425/Failed-NHS-Lukes-autism-left-suicidal-hes-thriving.html.
I work closely with clinical supervisors, and, when necessary, with other outside agencies, such as GPs, schools and local mental health professionals. I always consult with clients and work with them when advocating on their behalf to outside agencies. I follow the codes of ethics of the European Association for Transactional Analysis (EATA) and the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). I am a Certified Transactional Analyst registered with the United Kingdom Association for Transactional Analysis, and I am accredited as a Psychotherapist by the UKCP. As a Provisional Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst, I deliver training to trainee psychotherapists at Contact Point in Bristol, which is a Registered Training Establishment of the United Kingdom Association for Transactional Analysis and regulated by the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Certified Transactional Analyst
- UKCP Registered Psychotherapist
- Provisional Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst
- UKCP Registered Supervisor
- Post-Qualifying Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People, Level 7 (Master's)
Registered / Accredited
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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.
UK Association for Transactional Analysis
UK Association for Transactional Analysis
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session
£50 per 50-minute session for individuals
£75 per 75-minute session for couples
Monday to Friday, daytime and evenings