Do you feel stuck, distressed, isolated or low?
Please read more to find out how I can help.
How counselling can help.
Counselling is an opportunity for you to learn more about yourself and feel better about life's challenges. This might include overwhelming life changes or a number of smaller things that are holding you back. You could see great benefit from meeting with a qualified counsellor. I can offer that opportunity whether you have, for example, low self-esteem, been traumatised, feel anxious or suffer from depression. I have experience helping people manage bereavement, relationship difficulties, general sadness, addictions and family issues, amongst many others. I provide safe, confidential and supportive counselling sessions.
What you can expect from me.
I aim to approach and carefully challenge your concerns with you. This 'person-centred' approach forms the basis of our meetings. I also offer other techniques such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), creative approaches or transactional analysis, if they are appropriate. For example, if words can't quite describe a problem or you are a visual person we can work with a sand tray, writing exercises or other creative ideas. Please click here to visit my website for more information.
What to expect in your first session.
During this session I will find out about you and what it is that has brought you to me. We will also talk about objectives for counselling, one of which will be to agree on a contract and relevant boundaries.
On going counselling.
I offer both long and short term counselling. How many sessions you have is completely up to you. However, it is an important part of the counselling process to have brief, regular reviews in which we can make sure you are getting what you need from me. That means we stay on track and remain aware of your progress.
Please see below for photos and information about my counselling room. There is also some information about how to get to me.
Training, qualifications & experience
My qualifications and experience.
- I am a fully qualified counsellor, holding an FdSc in Counselling with Distinction.
- I am a registered and accredited Member of the BACP (reg no: 375989).
- I hold a full DBS certificate.
- I have years of experience, both professionally and personally.
- My style of counselling suits a wide range of clients but I have a particular interest in working with social anxiety, trauma, addictions and low self-esteem.
A little about me.
My background and life experiences are highly varied. I was born in Wellington, New Zealand. As such, my logo and business name were inspired by the Māori people. More presently I am a husband, father and step father. As such, I am well acquainted with the challenges of a busy family and also single-parenting.
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.
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
£45.00 per session
Concessions offered for
I charge a reduced rate of £25 for the first session. Further sessions are £45 for 50 minutes.
I offer sessions on most weekdays and also Thursday evenings.
My address is not far from the Fishponds Road end of Lodge Causeway (at the top of Eastville Park). It is a residential area with no parking restrictions. During the daytime there is normally plenty of roadside parking. In the evening, there are still plenty of spaces but you may not be able to park as close.
There are many buses serving Fishponds Road, of which the 48, 48A and 49 are especially frequent. This makes access from almost any part of Bristol relatively easy. The bus stops are a few minutes walk from my address.
The room itself is well lit, cosy and very private. I aim to make you feel at home and relaxed. You are welcome you to make yourself comfortable and let me know what you need in order for this to happen.