Peter Appleton Dip. Counselling, NCS accredited, DCS, DHP, MNCH, AfSFH
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 - including drugs, alcohol, pornography and exercise. 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.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Child related issues
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Pornography (porn) addiction
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.
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.
- Also registered with Hypnotherapy Directory
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Mon to Friday 9 - 5pm. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
Within my work in the NHS I offered generic and specialist supervision to professionals from may disciplines within the statutory and voluntary sectors.