Rebecca Bessant, Serenity Counselling. BSc Psychology, FdSc Counselling, MBACP
I am a fully qualified and experienced Counselling Psychotherapist, based in Clevedon, and am a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. I work with individuals and couples, and offer a friendly, supportive and confidential space to explore your difficulties.
I am an experienced relationship counsellor, and have previously delivered training/ group workshops on childhood attachment, negative relationship patterns and codependency.
I am 'Relate' trained in Couples Counselling, and specialise in relationship difficulties and can support couples to work through various relationship issues including : communication difficulties, affairs, general disatisfaction, sexual difficulties, repetitive negative relationship patterns and Codependency. NB, If your partner does not want to attend counselling (or does not realise you may be having doubts) we can still undertake some useful and reparative work in individual sessions.
Additionally, I support individuals who struggle with their relationships (romantic, peer or family relationships) and help them to explore how to develop healthier relationship styles. We may draw upon childhood attachment, patterns of co-dependency, and explore past events and family background.
Low self esteem/feeling 'stuck' :
Many individuals come to counselling to explore self doubts, low self esteem, loss of direction and low mood or depression. This is a safe place to explore who you are, and what you want from the rest of your life.
Abuse, Negative Coping Behaviours, and Addiction Support:
l have experience working with drug and alcohol use, and other behavioural addictions whilst working as a counselling psychotherapist at residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation facilities. This has been a rich training ground for supporting individuals to discover the 'whys' of addiction - for example low self worth, grief or childhood abuse and abandonment; and exploring the many ways that past hurts can manifest themselves in various 'fixing yourself' behaviours (spending, over eating, sex, romance addiction, affairs, internet addiction, self harm; as well as anger and depression). I have worked in both 12-step and self empowerment facilities, and can provide useful and practical theoretical tools and homework for between sessions if required.
Although I am a Person Centred counsellor, I may also draw upon other counselling modalities, such as transactional analysis, CBT, Gestault and Psychodynamic approaches in order to help you to look at how your past experiences may be affecting your choices and behaviours, support you to gain a greater understanding of yourself, whilst empowering you to make positive choices for your future.
Session fees and Availability:
Call or email me, to check availability and/or make an appointment. Hourly sessions are charged at £45 per hour for individuals, or £65 for couples. The first half hour session is free of charge.
I prefer to work face to face at my counselling premises, but am also happy to use Skype for individual counselling sessions (I do not find that online sessions work with couples, as it is difficult to get a sense of how the couple are relating with each other when online).
Training, qualifications & experience
- BSc Psychology
- FdSc Counselling
- Level 5 Dip Relationship Counselling
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Hourly sessions are charged at £45 per session for individuals or £65 for couples.