Peter Appleton Dip. Counselling, NCS accredited, DHP, MNCH, AfSFH

Peter Appleton Dip. Counselling, NCS accredited, DHP, MNCH, AfSFH

South Gloucestershire

Enso Healing Rooms
190 Cheltenham Road

07597 212987

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About me

I work as a counsellor and as a hypnotherapist. My belief is that we all have the capacity to make changes we desire in life - whether this for reasons of personal growth or to face a particular challenge. This can involve increasing our understanding of ourselves and our challenges, learning how to access our own resources and learning and developing new skills. A skill therapist is able to adapt to the needs of each individual within the context of a trusting and accepting relationship.

As an older man, I bring I have a wealth of experience both as a professional and as a person. I work well with people from all walks of life and age groups. I have worked in mental health in the NHS for over 30 years - specialising in eating disorders, recovery from trauma and abuse, addictions and men's issues - and am used to working with people  with a wide range of challenges and from all backgrounds.

My counselling approach is integrative - drawing on person centred and psychodynamic principles. I am based in the Downend and Central area of Bristol. I work weekdays, Wednesday and Friday evenings and Saturday afternoons.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have worked in Mental Health in the NHS for 34 years and am familiar with a wide range of challenges and difficulties.  During this time, I developed services for the homeless and have specialised with working with people with addictions. For the last 15 years I worked as a specialist with people with eating disorders (anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, EDNOS). I am used to working with families  and have extensive experience working with a family therapy service.

I completed my training as a counsellor in 1997 and have worked with people to overcome depression, anxiety and stress related disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, survivors of abuse and relationship difficulties.

In 2003 I gained a Diploma in Advanced Mental Health Studies (eating disorders) at Birmingham University.

In 2014, I qualified as a Solution Focused Hypnotherapist.

Within my role in the NHS, I have lectured and run many workshops in Universities and  at Conferences for a range of professionals and have acted as a advisor and supervisor to professionals from a variety of disciplines in the NHS and associated services.

I currently teach Continuous Professional Development courses on Eating Disorders to a wide range of professionals.

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I offer a free one hour initial consultation.

I ask £50 per session for counselling.

I have some concessionary sessions for NHS workers and for people who are low-paid or unemployed. Please contact me for more information.

Further information

I am married and my children have now grown up and left home. I am disabled and have restricted mobility (so please give me time to answer the phone!).  I am a late onset musician - having only discovered  my musical flare later in life. All of which acts as testimony to my own ability to continue to overcome obstacles, adapt and grow as a person.

Maps & Directions

Bristol, BS16
Bristol, BS6 5RB

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Mon to Friday 9 - 5pm. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme