About me

I have 20 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 many clients long-term, looking at issues that may go back into early childhood experience. I also work short-term with clients 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 us to let go of old patterns and open 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 sensitive to what may need to change: for example, the often unconscious assumptions about our place in the world that have outlived their usefulness. In this exploration of what change means for you, we will give attention to the embodied experience that lies behind your story, and to what is going on in the room between us that can show how, and where, things get stuck.

My work, both short and long term, is built on forming a strong, attentive relationship, where together 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 30 years as an English teacher in secondary schools. I am accredited by BACP.

In addition, for the last 20 years I have been involved in dance, first 5 Rhythms, and now Movement Medicine, which has significantly informed my work. Movement Medicine is an expressive dance practice that increases our ability to be present to the here-and-now of our embodied experience. I am a qualified Movement Medicine facilitator. I have offered workshops that combine movement, story-telling and therapeutic work.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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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.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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Additional information

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


Monday- Friday, 8.30 am to 7.00 pm

35 Hill Avenue

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Additional languages

French Hebrew

Rob Porteous

Rob Porteous