About me

I offer you the time and a confidential space to find the necessary resources to identify and transform underlying patterns that may cause you to suffer and inhibit your potential from manifesting.  Through a process of reflective and empathic interaction we acknowledge and explore the complexities to relating to self, others and to life as a whole, using dreams and the imagination to become receptive to a process of deeper, lasting change.

Group  Psychotherapy is a 'first choice treatment'  that can help resolve difficulties arising from complex life events.  You may be feeling isolated or unsupported, which in itself further compounds psychological suffering.  Being in a group encourages a strongly proactive dimension to therapy. Its major emphasis is to foster an engaged and dynamic quality of interaction between group participants, who thereby become active in the group, on various levels. The nature of the ensuing therapeutic exchanges comes to be highly valued, and is experienced as being affirming (if occasionally challenging). This shared journey of transformation, through sustaining elements of honest and sensitive communication, helps to generate an atmosphere of solidarity and mutual trust, allowing for dimensions of creativity and spontaneity to emerge.

In Individual Psychotherapy, there is the opportunity to focus intensively, and, in considerable detail, on your life situation, to make connections with past and current experience and, to discern new meanings, whilst being held within the richness,  safety and potential for in-depth understanding of the self provided by the exclusive quality of the therapeutic relationship.

My approach is broadly psycho-dynamic, integrating inspiration, insight and personal experience of Group Analysis and Analytical Psychology.  This is supported by  regular participation in Supervision, as well as in a variety of experiential and theoretical learning contexts, to ensure due continuation of professional and personal development.

Training, qualifications & experience

Professional Training:

Qualifying Course in Group Analysis: Group Analysis South West (GASW); registered with United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and am a member of the Council for Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis College (CPJA).

General Introductory Course in Group Analysis: Institute of Group Analysis (IGA), London.

Transitions; Adolescence into Adulthood: Society of Analytical Psychology (SAP), London.

Academic Qualifications:

University of Bristol: Master of Education (Psychology of Education; eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the British Psychological Society).

The Open University: BA (Hons) Humanities.

Experience

Private Practice

I work in private practice, offering short and longer term psychotherapy to clients affected by a wide range of issues for which a talking therapy can help.  In the sessions we create an environment in which qualities of insight, reflection and communication are generated and honoured.

The Harbour

I also work at The Harbour, a registered charity which specializes in helping those affected directly, or, indirectly by life-threatening illness.  In this role I assess clients for the service as a whole, conduct long term and time-limited therapy groups, for those living with life-threatening illness, and, for those who are bereaved.  Alongside this, I see individual clients for counselling, in relation to the above-mentioned circumstances.

Prior to this, I worked for several years in the NHS, providing group and individual psychotherapy in an out-patient context.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

UKCP

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.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy

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.

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Fees

From £35.00 to £45.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Introductory Phone Conversation: Free; 20 minutes.

Initial Consultation: £45.00; 50 minutes - 1 Hour.

Individual Psychotherapy: £45.00 per 50 minute session is the usual fee; I have a sliding scale offering concessions for those of limited finances.

Group Analytic Therapy: £90.00 per month, for once-weekly 90-minute sessions.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

I have daytime slots Monday - Friday with some evening availability on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Further information

Covid-19 Pandemic

Owing to the various restrictions imposed because of Covid-19 I am working online using Zoom.  As these restrictions are easing I am offering in-persons sessions in a location in Central Bristol, as well as continuing to work remotely.  As your safety is my priority, I am happy to accommodate your wishes in terms of offering sessions via Zoom.

Bristol
BS1

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Groups

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Online platforms

Zoom
Peter Dorling

Peter Dorling