Rob Porteous

Rob Porteous

35 Hill Avenue

01179 713605 / 07788 496944

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35 Hill Avenue

01179 713605 / 07788 496944

About me

I have 16 years experience as a counsellor in private practice in south Bristol. I also was for 10 years a counsellor in a Primary Care setting. Currently, I see some clients long-term, looking at issues that may go back into early childhood experience. I also work short-term with clients (often referred by EAP companies) on specific problems they want to address.

In my counselling, I start with the aim of giving close attention to the issue you bring. I want to understand it from your point of view and see if, together, we can get under the skin of the experience, so as to be clearer about the work that needs to be done. My intention is to support your desire for change at the same time as honouring the loss that change also brings. Understanding what gets in the way of our wish to do things differently is, for me, an important part of enabling a letting go of old patterns and an openness to new ways of relating to the world around us.

I am very interested in the story you bring, the narrative that has helped you make sense of your experience. At the same time I try to be open to what in that narrative may need to change: for example, the things we see in others that tell us about ourselves, or the often unconscious assumptions about our place in the world that have outlived their usefulness. In this exploration of what change means we will give attention to the embodied experience that lies behind the story, and on what is going on in the room between us that can give clues as to how, and where, things get stuck.

The basis of my work, both short and long term, is the focus on building a strong, attentive relationship, where we can be interested in what is going on for you, what it may mean, and what your next steps may be towards a more fulfilling and sustainable life.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a diploma in Humanistic and Integrative Counselling from the Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling. In 2005 I gained a post graduate certificate in counselling supervision from Leicester University. I also have an MA in Education, having spent 28 years as an English teacher in secondary schools. I currently work as a supervisor for Kids Company in Bristol. I am accredited by BACP and by BCPC.

In addition, I have recently completed a training in Movement Medicine with Susannah and Ya'acov Darling Khan. Movement Medicine is an expressive dance practice that increases our ability to be present to the here-and-now of our embodied experience. As an apprentice Movement Medicine facilitator, I offer workshops that combine movement, story-telling and therapeutic work.

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I charge £40 for each 50 minute session, with some concessionary places.

Maps & Directions

Bristol, BS3 4SR

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: French Hebrew


Monday- Friday, 8.00 am to 7.00 pm

Types of client

Young people
Older adults