Noemia Ventura Purcell
My name is Noemia and I offer long and short term, individual counselling in Central Bristol. I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I was trained as a Person-Centred Counsellor (FdSc in Counselling), which means that I use a humanistic approach. As a person-centred counsellor, my role is not to direct, instruct or to give advice to my clients. My aim is to listen attentively, in confidence, and to be non-judgemental. I offer personal support to enable my clients to explore their inner-selves and their feelings in order to help them to achieve personal growth.
I have practised as a counsellor and supported people in various volunteer settings, such as Mothers for Mothers, where I have become interested in supporting women through counselling who have experienced miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death, ectopic pregnancy and termination. Worked as a volunteer coordinator for Changes Bristol, supporting people with mental health issues. Also, I worked with TESS, supporting girls and young women affected by self-injury, and most recently I worked for Place2Be, counselling children in a school setting.
My counselling approach is collaborative, which can help individuals with a wide range of issues such as, pre and post-natal depression, stress and anxiety, loss and grief, life transitions, trauma, depression, self-harm and suicidal thoughts, lack of confidence and low self-esteem.
Counselling provides a confidential and safe space to talk about anything that may be worrying you, and can often help you to understand more about the difficult or troubling thoughts that can be a common experience at any time in our lives.
At your first session, we will talk about the reasons why you are interested in therapy and what you want to achieve from it. We will also agree on how we are going to work together. This agreement will be in writing and will be known as a therapeutic contract, which will simply set out the duration and dates of the sessions, as well as my fees. It will also include my guarantee of confidentiality.
During my sessions, sometimes I can use some elements of Mindfulness and CBT methods when relevant and appropriate to individuals needs.
Training, qualifications & experience
I completed my counselling training at The University Centre at City of Bristol College in partnership with the University of Gloucestershire, and I achieved a Foundation Degree in Counselling. I am a member of BACP, and I have regular supervision as required by BACP. Also, I am fully insured.
I come from a background of more than twenty years in the caring profession, but I have also provided telephone counselling for women who self-harm, whilst working as a volunteer for Bristol Crisis Service for Women (BCSW), a nationwide service that provides telephone help for women in distress.I supported by listening and understanding clients' issues and supported them in finding ways through their difficulties.
I have also worked for Changes Bristol, as a volunteer coordinator, supporting people with mental health issues by leading a weekly support group.
I worked for almost two years as a volunteer counsellor for Mothers for Mothers, a local charity that supports women with Post-Natal Depression. I felt very privileged to be able to support and help women in distress and to enable them to express themselves in a safe environment without being judged.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Concessions offered for
Each counselling session will be 50 minutes long and held on a weekly or fortnightly basis. The first two sessions will be at an introductory rate of £25 per session. After that, the cost will be £38.50 per session. Concessionary rates are available, depending on personal circumstances.
Payment is by cash, cheque or bank transfer at the end of the session, direct to the counsellor.
I require a minimum of 24 hours notice for cancellation of a session. Cancellations with less than 24hrs notice, or no shows, will incur the full fee.
I work Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11 am until 6 pm. Sessions are 50 minutes long and can run from six sessions to six months or more.